The Telegraph reports that police in Xinjiang have begun using geese to help combat crime in the region. The birds are being heralded as a more effective crime fighter than dogs and are being put to work throughout the province.
Geese are known to stand to their ground and are not easily subdued, which can make them quite terrifying. Police chief Zhang Quansheng of Shawan County, Xinjiang, gushed over his new avian crimefighters’ prowess:
“Among all poultry, geese [are known] for being extremely vigilant and having excellent hearing, geese are very brave. They spread their wings and will attack any strangers entering [someone’s] home,” he said, “like a radar that does not need power.”
“In some ways, they are more useful than dogs. A household normally keeps one dog [but] an intruder can throw a drugged bun to kill the dog. Geese are normally kept in groups and they have poor eyesight at night making it very difficult for intruders to [poison them].”
Despite the absurdity of having a so-called “police goose” as part of the force, it appears the birds are doing their part. At a police station in Xinjiang, a gaggle of geese successfully stopped an intruder who broke into the station in an attempt to steal a motorcycle. The thief drugged two police dogs, but his crime was halted when nearly 20 geese charged him, wings flailing and beaks hissing. The commotion caused by the geese was loud enough to alert an on-duty officer who was sleeping, who then apprehended the thief. (Please note that this anecdote is seen as a selling point for geese, and not an embarrassing fuck-up by the sleeping police)
This isn’t the first time geese have been used to enforce and fend off intruders. Quartz reported that geese have been used in the past. Over 900 geese were used to help the American military guard the Berlin Wall in 1986 and also are reported to have helped the Romans fend off am invasion by the Gauls in 390 B.C.E. Perhaps these geese can be the solution to the persistent and often violent unrest in Xinjiang province.
Xinjiang: Where the police are so professional that they’re getting showed-up by birds.
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