We recieved some updated photos of Buzz this morning, our Border Collie who was trained at Green Dogs to chase birds off the runways at King Shaka International Airport in Durban. He has only been there a few short months but is already an active and helpful member of the team.
Birds pose a severe risk to aeroplanes as they can cause very expensive damage and potentially put passengers at risk, and so they must be cleared off the runways. The short grass areas alongside runways provide an ideal habitat for many species of birds, and the active presence of a dog chasing them off makes it a less appealing place to be. The dog acts as a predator, even though they are not actually hurting the birds, and encourages them to move on and live in peace somewhere else.
Apart from herding sheep, we simply cant think of a better job for a Border Collie. They work closely with their handler and get to run for much of their day. Collie Heaven!
Thanks to Marius Van Rooyen from ACSA for the photos and for keeping us up to date with Buzz and his progress. We miss him!