Malaysian officials have claimed that crows are “bombarding” tourists with poo while stealing underwear from balconies at one of the country’s top holiday spots.
The incident took place in the historic area of Bandar Hilir located in the city of Malacca in the south-western Malaysian state of the same name and councillor Tan Chin Gwan said that besieged tourists are having to cover their heads from the crow menace.
He told local media: “Tourists visiting the Dutch-era Stadthuys complained of being ‘bombarded’ with droppings, some even had their faces covered in bird poop.”
Gwan also said that tourist hotspots, vehicles and pavements were being coated with the slimy bird faeces.
Earlier this year, he raised concerns over the amount of undergarments that were being stolen from clotheslines on high-rise flats.
Datuk Tey Kok Kiew, the state Chairman for the Housing, Local Government and Environment Committee, said the local authorities are addressing the problem.
He said that the Melaka Historic City Council (MBMB) has appointed additional workers to clean up the bird mess and that 2,290 crows have been culled since the start of this year.
He added that the state authorities are installing ultrasonic bird-repellent devices to keep them away from key areas.
He added: “We will put the device on a trial period to gauge its effectiveness before placing more at identified spots. One device can produce vibrations to cover a large area.”
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