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Fake snakes to scare Aussie birds

Plastic snakes are being deployed in an effort to scare away tens of thousands of starlings that have invaded a small city in Australia.

Authorities in Tamworth have used water cannon and large nets in unsuccessful attempts to get rid of the hordes.

Tamworth is the home of Australia's most famous country music festival as well as many unwanted small birds.

Officials there are hoping that brightly coloured plastic snakes could bring an end to months of misery.

Thousands of starlings have descended on the city and have been drawn like magnets to trees that line one of the main streets.

The local mayor has insisted that pungent droppings have become a major problem.

Leave your car under one of the trees for an hour to go shopping, he said, and you probably will not recognise it when you get back.

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