Dog Saves Thousands of Air Travelers From Death
May 12 | 6 Comments
You know, as in Captain Chelsey Sullenberger , the hero pilot that landed a jet into the Hudson River a few months ago. If you’re going to do something, do it right I say. If not, you might as well just roll over in bed, if only to keep from aggravating your bed sores.
Looks like a border collie in Oregon is one step ahead of the pack when it comes to flying. She’s got a job with the local airport. Here’s the story on why.
From 1990 to 2008, aircraft at LAX struck more than 900 birds and other animals, according to data released last month by the FAA. Our colleague Robert J. Lopez reported: Only 36 of the incidents, or 3.8%, resulted in substantial damage, records show. There were no fatalities.
The records are part of a newly available database that lists 112,387 reports of aircraft striking wildlife, including reptiles and mammals, at 2,008 airports in the United States and Canada from January 1990 through November 2008.
The records show that the number of wildlife strikes has increased dramatically nationwide in the last decade.
What’s an airport to do? Why, hire a specialist, of course! That’s why the Southwest Oregon Regional Airport in Bend, Ore., hired Filly — a border collie whose official title is “wildlife management canine.”
“She’s chased flocks of geese into the water,” said Bob Hood, the airport’s wildlife manager. “She’s really good at her job and she really likes her job.”
Every day Hood and Filly arrive at the airport at 5:30 a.m. and stay until dark when an operations crew takes over.
Other airports have tried similar techniques to cut down on bird strikes. One notable case study, at Durban International Airport in South Africa, reported a 57% reduction in bird strikes once the airport procured a wildlife management dog.
The dog used in the South African airport, named Mac, was also a border collie. Coincidence? We think not.
I’m going to say it, regardless of the backlash it may produce: I’m sick of the excess love border collies get. This breed has mainstream humanity in the palm of its paw pad.
Yeah they’re smart. Yeah they’re beautiful. Yeah they’re athletic. But you know what, they put on their fur suit one paw at time just like the rest of us.
And I’d bet dollars to donuts, I could still out snooze any one of them. Work is for suckers.