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- Home delivery drones in Australia had to be suspended after they were repeatedly attacked by birds.
- Delivery service operator Wing said it would wait while researchers assess the birds’ behavior.
- A man who filmed one of the attacks said “it’s only a matter of time” until a drone is brought down.
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A home drone delivery service in Canberra, Australia, was forced to temporarily shut down after its devices kept getting attacked by ravens guarding their nests, The Canberra Times reported.
Wing, operated by Google’s overarching company Alphabet, has been delivering everything from coffee, medicine, and office supplies to Canberra residents since 2019.
But on Tuesday, it announced it would be pausing its services due to several reported incidents of ravens swooping down on the flying machines. This comes at a time where demand for drone deliveries is surging due to Canberra’s ongoing coronavirus lockdown.
The latest attack was captured on video and posted online by Ben Roberts, a local resident who orders coffee every morning with the service.
He told The Canberra Times: “It’s a matter of time before they bring one down. They think it’s Terminator or something.”
Magpies as well as other birds like hawks and wedge-tailed eagles have also been known to attack drones.
You can watch the video here.