You probably thought this is another story about a dog working as security at an airport who does something different. Well, this dog also does something different, but we guarantee that this is something very unique. Everyone who hears this pup’s story is always left amazed and considers him as a hero.
Well, he truly is because dogs like him will make sure that the accident that caused the “Miracle at the Hudson” will never happen again. If that’s not a hero, then we don’t know what is. This pup’s name is Piper. He works at Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan.
He’s not a security dog as we have mentioned. Rather than being landside screening baggage, he does his job out there in the runways as a Wildlife Control Officer. Mainly, he is responsible for chasing away birds that lounge around the airport that could pose a threat to the planes.
Birdstrike is a serious threat to aviation safety, and Piper makes sure that this does not happen in his airport. He and his handler Brian Edwards, trained for a year and a half to hone their skills as a team. It is important for Piper to know what he is supposed to scare away and which direction he should run to after being released from their vehicle.
Doing this repeatedly will remind the birds to stay away from the airport because there is a predator that is out to get them. It may seem harsh, but that’s the more humane option rather than having to kill them on the spot to prevent bird strikes. Piper deals with different kinds of birds, but so no resistance has been met by our furry hero.
Small birds can cause dents on aircraft, and larger ones who can get stuck in the engines could cause a crash. This is the same incident that forced an airplane to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River back in 2009. There are only a handful of dogs like Piper around the country; hopefully, there will be more in the future.
Credits: Great Big Story