Turkey vultures, hands down one of the ugliest-faced birds ("It looks like a ballsack!") in a family of ugly-faced birds, are being trained by German police to sniff out dead human bodies in areas much larger/difficult to access than traditional tracking dogs could cover. You hear that, Sir Sniffinass? I said you're fired!
They will attach global positioning system tracking devices to birds and get them to find the corpses of people who have disappeared in remote areas.
Policeman Rainer Herrmann said: "It was a colleague of mine who got the idea from watching a nature programme.
Vultures have a keen sense of smell and are able to detect the scent of rotting flesh from 3,000ft up in the air.
The first bird, Sherlock, is currently being trained to love the putrid smell of dead human flesh.
Yeaaaaaaah, Sherlock doesn't sound like much of a winner if he has to be trained to love the 'putrid smell of dead human flesh'. I mean, HE'S A VULTURE. What was he, born vegetarian? That said, I have a much simpler way of locating dead bodies. Checking the end of my blade. DON'T F*** WITH ME.
German police to use 'sniffer' vultures [telegraph]
Thanks to Zombeertroll, who smells of rotting flesh, stale beer and troll so bad the vultures won't stop circling.