Officials in rural parts of the China's Xinjiang province are using domesticated geese to aid in law enforcement.
Apparently, the geese are more effective than dogs for a variety of reasons: They're aggressive, have exceptional eyesight, and, as anyone who has had to deal with them knows, they're loud and nothing can shut them up, SmartPlanet.com reported.
"Among all poultry, geese [are known] for being extremely vigilant and having excellent hearing," said Zhang Quansheng, a police chief in Xinjiang's Shawan county, according to the New York Daily News. "Geese are very brave. They spread their wings and will attack any strangers entering [someone's] home."
In one case, some of the crime-fighting geese helped nab a suspect who broke into a police headquarters, drugged the police dogs and stole a motorbike.
The fine-feathered crime-fighters apparently fanned their wings and shrieked until the duty officer awoke to apprehend the criminal, MSN Now reported.
This isn't the first time a country has employed geese to do its dirty work.
Geese were credited with helping Rome fight the Gaul invasion in 390 BC and, in 1986, the U.S. military employed 900 geese to guard military installations in West Germany, according to QZ.com.