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Subject: Olympic sailors sign up peregrine falcon

Written By: Philip Eno on 11/07/10 at 4:48 am

The British Olympic sailing team has recruited a peregrine falcon - to scare off the seagulls which keep them awake at night.

Team GB hired the bird of prey after squawking gulls began affecting their preparations for the London 2012 Games, reports the Daily Telegraph.

The bird, known as Felix, will patrol the skies above the squad's accommodation in Weymouth, Dorset, night and day.

Felix has also been charged with stopping the seagulls from leaving their droppings on vital equipment, causing it to rust.

Team manager Stephen Park said: "Seagulls are a natural part of the seaside environment but the sheer quantity of them around our accommodation block is the problem for us.

"We needed to act and act quickly. Felix will have his work cut out to ensure the sailors' sleep is not disturbed.

"But if he does his job well, his place in the team is assured."

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