Dancing tube man keeping turkey vultures away

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Rochester, Minn. (KTTC / NBC News Channel) -- If you've driven by Rochester, Minnesota's Apache Mall recently, you may have looked up at the water tower next to Scheels only to see the unexpected dancing at the top.

A worker in the water department came up with the idea. He experimented with different things and found that motion worked best when trying to scare away turkey vultures. After doing some research, he suggested RPU try using a wind dancer. Courtesy: KTTC / NBC News Channel

"It's a wind dancer," says Tony Benson with Rochester Public Utilities. "We put them up there on certain water towers across town to help keep turkey vultures away."

A wind dancer is typically seen dancing in front of a car dealership, but not on top of a water tower. So how did it end up there?

A worker in the water department came up with the idea. He experimented with different things and found that motion worked best when trying to scare away turkey vultures. After doing some research, he suggested RPU try using a wind dancer.

For three years now, the inflatable device has warded off turkey vultures looking for a place to build a nest or relieve themselves.

"The main issue with turkey vultures is the necessary cleaning," Benson adds.

It takes RPU workers a certain amount of time to clean each water tower in the city, but with the help of the $100 wind dancer, they're saving time and money.