ZYWKOWO, Poland (AFP):

It is a success story of happy coexistence: outnumbered by storks, residents of the Polish hamlet of Zywkowo welcome the birds on their roofs in exchange for good luck and, if you believe legend, newborns. Kept afloat by EU and non-profit funding, the northern hamlet - a stone’s throw from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad - depends on storks for the tourism it needs to survive. “In the 1960s, we had 120 residents and 20 storks.