Kookaburra Association Taken To The Laundry Hurriedly pulling in laundry off the clothes line to the call of Kookaburras warning of impending rain may be a thing of the past.
The representative body for Kookaburra’s, the Australian Kookaburra Association, finally came clean today after weeks of public pressure to respond to claims of false warnings and outdated practices.
The AKA was forced to acknowledge that Kookaburra warnings of rain were at best hit and miss and at worse a serious breach of the public’s trust.
The biological senses used by Kookaburras to predict rain have been found to be no match for the accuracy of weather stations and radar tools used by the Bureau of Meteorology. The growing use of Bureau web sites on smart phones and tablets has highlighted the inaccuracies of the Kookaburra calls.
The CEO of the AKA, Billy Longbeak said, “We realise that we have to move with the times. We have a very proud history of warning the public of rain but we admit that technology has surpassed us on that front. Our rain calling service will not be continued after 30 June.” When pressed as to the growing complaints about false calls over many years, the response was defensive, “We stand by the integrity of our Kookaburras. Our code of conduct precludes deliberate false calling and we think some of the comments in the media have been, well, laughable.”
Kookaburras will retain core services of snake spotting and group laughing performances for schools and tourist groups. The ending of rain warnings by the AKA is likely to have implications among the ant community, also heavily engaged in the rain warning industry, albeit in a silent way. A spokesperson for the Ant Colony Collective could not be contacted for comment. AAP
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