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Birds are using anti-bird spikes to fortify nests in 'perfect comeback'

By Adela Suliman

13 Jul 2023 · 3 min read

informed Summary

  1. Birds are outsmarting humans by taking the metal spikes deigned to stop them from perching and using them to fortify their nests.

LONDON - Look up. The birds are taking charge.

The hard metal spikes that humans install to prevent birds from perching have been found in nests across Europe. The birds are masterfully subverting their intended use - stripping them from buildings and bringing them to fortify their own homes and protect their offspring.

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