Monday, December 19, 2016

New Zealand Birds Put Their Own Traffic Control Plan Into Action

I have long said that animals will one day rise up against us, and this is one more example of how they are making early efforts to do so. When traffic cones along a popular tourist route in the Fiordland region of the South Island of New Zealand began mysteriously to move around, workers with the New Zealand Transport Agency checked their traffic cameras to see what was going on.

And what they found was parrots messing with the cones in an attempt to cause traffic accidents and kill humans. Okay, maybe that last part is just my take on the situation, but they definitely did see birds moving the cones around.

The answer? The Transport Agency is going with heavier cones. Killing the birds in an effort to keep them from killing off humanity is not an issue as this species of parrots, called Kea, are endangered.
Only around 5,000 of them remain.

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

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