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German cops have recruited three vultures which they reckon could prove handy in locating corpses, the BBC reports. The trio of airborne detectives – dubbed Columbo, Miss Marple and Sherlock – have just completed a training exercise at the Weltvogelpark (World Bird Park) Walsrode in Lower Saxony, in which a delicious "piece of …


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  1. Marvin the Martian

    "German Police locate McDonalds restaurant"

    "Leftovers were ecologically removed from the dustbin".

    In other words, there seem to be more complications, especially with those birds raised on frozen&reheated day-old chicks.

  2. G C M Roberts

    A missed opportunity

    I'm amazed this wasn't sponsored by Vulture Central.

    "The trio of airborne detectives - dubbed Lester, Sarah and Andrew"

  3. Mondo the Magnificent

    Name Fail

    Columbo, Miss Marple and Sherlock are the wrong names!

    The should have been:

    Register, Newsflash and Exposed

  4. lIsRT
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    "concerns that the flying Ironsides might swoop down and feast on the evidence"

    Better than not finding it and having it finished off by the local crows, rodents, maggots, etc.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Solution to prevent evidence munching

      Nail their beaks shut

    2. Andus McCoatover

      Talking of rodents..


      (Icon, 'cos it looks like it should..)

  5. Disco-Legend-Zeke



    ...El Reg needs to be involved in this. Vulture-Cam (tm) Etc.

    *Sherlock Icon arrived just in time.

    1. Adam Foxton
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      Find out when they're operating

      and send up PARIS to give them a hand / birds-eye view!

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So can dogs...

    ...that's why you muzzle them.

  7. LPF


    Actually thats a pretty smart idea. Not the eating bit obviously!

  8. Steve Evans


    Being the scavengers that they are (the vultures, not the cops), I fear the German police might end up finding far more road kill and discarded picnic sandwiches than corpses.

    As for eating the evidence, that's easy, you just need a remote detonator button, and some spare vultures (I suspect they might have already thought of this idea given that they have 3).

    1. nsld

      interesting idea

      I can see the do gooder tree huggers having an issue with the concept of evidential protection through vulture detonation.

  9. Andus McCoatover

    Post the bugger!

    Didn't you read the title??? It's Friday, FFS!!!

    "Regrettably, it seems that looking after a h'donkey has caused the cheese to finally slide off Lester's cracker."

    Like I said, 'tis friday...

  10. Psmiffy

    It's really something

    they can sink their beaks into.

  11. betsyB

    German vulture officers identify concealed corpses

    If the German vulture cops were to ever go rogue, there might be more than just a passing concern. The highly corrosive stomach acid vultures depend upon to safely digest bacteria-riddled carcasses can also be used as a weapon.

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