Owl saves exotic parakeets

New York state has enlisted the help of Hootie, a battery-powered owl, to deal with its monk parakeets problem. While the birds look beautiful, they have taken to building nests at the top of utility poles in Queens and Brooklyn. This is a major problem, as when the nests get wet they can explode. So it seems Hootie is a much more humane way of getting rid of the birds! One worker said: “These birds don’t go easy. They hover right around you, and if they have eggs in the nest, they’ll attack you." Hootie has been doing the business, though...when his batteries aren't run down!