Czech ground handling specialist Skyport has transported 30 falcons from Prague, Czech Republic, to Kuwait City, Kuwait, as part of an initiative to combat bird strike incidents.
The falcons will patrol airports to keep them clear of other bird species and therefore limit the potential for bird strike incidents.
The birds of prey were bred in the Czech Republic and transported in secure, carpeted boxes. They were provided with falcon hoods to help reduce stress and keep them safe.
Skyport said it had handled a number of live animal consignments in recent times, including rhinoceroses, Komodo dragons and a polar bear.
“At Skyport, we ensure live animal cargos receive the best care, best welfare, and as little stress as possible, so we move the animals at the very last moment in order to make their stay at our facility and overall travel time as short as possible,” said Skyport’s chief executive officer David Adámek.
“If there is a shipper request regarding any special considerations such as temperature, storage, or feeding instructions, we plan the project accordingly to make sure these needs can be followed and maintained.”