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    Con giúp việc

    Boubou, Bamboo, Bill, Black, Bricole Baco là 6 lao công tại chức ở công viên Puy du Fou. Các "con giúp việc" này không chỉ là lao công mà là giáo viên bán chính thức dạy - "con" người - cách ăn cách ở cho phải đạo làm người.

    Nếu không nên gọi là "con giúp việc", xin cứ tự nhiên đề nghị tên khác!

    French Theme Park Asks: Crows Can Pick Up Trash, Why Can't You?

    August 13, 20182:31 PM ET

    A rook at Puy du Fou theme park in France uses a special box designed to receive trash and reward the bird with food.
    Courtesy of Pou du Fuy theme park

    This week, the Puy du Fou theme park in western France put some new employees in the field: six trained rooks, members of the crow family, picking up small pieces of paper and cigarette butts in exchange for food.

    Boubou, Bamboo, Bill, Black, Bricole and Baco officially started their new gigs on Monday.

    For the record, the park would like to note, the corvid colleagues are not replacing any human cleaning staff.

    "The park is very clean," Puy du Fou President Nicolas de Villiers tells NPR by phone. "The purpose of the crows ... is to educate the people, to open their minds, to think, 'OK, the birds are able to do something that we are much more able to do than them, so we should do this by ourselves.' "

    Cigarette butts, in particular, seem to be dropped with abandon by people who could easily take them to a trash can, de Villiers says.

    Why not just pick them up? Even a bird can do it, after all.

    A falconry show is one of Puy du Fou's historical shows, featuring hundreds of falcons, vultures, kites and owls.
    Courtesy of Pou du Fuy theme park

    Puy du Fou, which calls itself France's second-largest theme park, is located in a rural area and is famous for its historical shows — a Viking attack, Roman chariot races, sword fights and a falconry show.

    The idea for using rooks as litter collectors came from one of the falconers, Christophe Gaborit. As part of the falconry show, the theme park had already trained crows to pick up roses and bring them to a "princess" in a castle.

    Gaborit started training some rooks to do a similar task — with bits of paper or cigarette butts instead of a rose, dropping them off in a little box instead of delivering them to royalty.

    "It became a game for them," de Villiers says. "They pick up the papers on the floor, and they are rewarded."

    Birds in the crow family are famously intelligent — in the wild, they use tools. Ravens have been observed making plans. Crows remember faces and, when fed by a human, have been known to give gifts in return.

    And a decade ago, Josh Klein taught captive crows to collect money and drop it in a "vending machine" in exchange for a food reward, proposing a hypothetical system for training wild birds to do it.

    The Puy du Fou trash collection system is similar to Klein's "vending machine," rewarding birds with food for picking up certain items off the ground. It uses two different sections of a wooden box, one to receive trash and the other to offer up food.

    De Villiers notes that the park has a license for owning and training falcons and other birds and that ordinary people should not attempt to train a wild crow to do their bidding.

    After six months of training, the birds were first deployed at the theme park over the weekend. Their official introduction was Monday.

    They're each working four-day weeks under close supervision — a falconer watches to make sure people aren't dropping trash just to make more work for the birds.

    "It's an educational program," de Villiers says. "We don't educate the crows, but we educate the human beings. ... It's a funny way to show the people that you cannot throw the papers everywhere."

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    Có khi người ta còn vất thêm rác xuống đất để giúp mấy con quạ có công ăn việc làm lâu dài.

    - quạ: từ chữ QUARRY trong tiếng Anh, nghĩa là chim săn mồi
    - quạ: cũng có thể từ chữ Ô trong tiếng Hán Việt

    (còn tiếp)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ốc View Post
    Có khi người ta còn vất thêm rác xuống đất để giúp mấy con quạ có công ăn việc làm lâu dài.
    Như vậy là cải thiện số công ăn việc làm cho con quạ chớ hổng phải con người. Làm sao nhảy vô chuồng hót khoe được? Phải nhờ con quạ kêu qua qua?



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