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91 Responses to The Amazing Abilities Of The Common Crow

  1. Profile photo of madest
    madest Male 40-49
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    August 18, 2010 at 6:37 am
    Link: The Amazing Abilities Of The Common Crow - Crows are smarter than you thought.
  2. Profile photo of panth753
    panth753 Female 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm
    I`ve seen something like that before, it`s really cool.
  3. Profile photo of coffeekoneko
    coffeekoneko Female 18-29
    1008 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 2:04 pm
    That poo freaked me out.
  4. Profile photo of piperfawn
    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm
    That bird deserve a Nobel!
  5. Profile photo of JohnnyBoy50
    JohnnyBoy50 Male 13-17
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:12 pm
    I thought that thing was a worm.
  6. Profile photo of techgeek07
    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    All that for a weight... poor guy
  7. Profile photo of alexander_xx
    alexander_xx Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm
    well polish my nuts and buy milkshake.. ive met people that wouldnt figure that out lol
  8. Profile photo of techgeek07
    techgeek07 Male 30-39
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:25 pm
    After looking it up, I found out it`s a bucket of food.
  9. Profile photo of inversegrav
    inversegrav Male 30-39
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm
    so does this mean its a compliment when i call someone a bird brain?
  10. Profile photo of uhmerikin
    uhmerikin Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:30 pm
    Okay, I wasn`t that impressed until the bird intentionally bent that wire. Well done.
  11. Profile photo of propagandi
    propagandi Male 40-49
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm
    Seriously, are animals getting smarter while we humans get dumber?
  12. Profile photo of TruTenrMan
    TruTenrMan Male 30-39
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm
    Doesn`t an animal immediately move up on the evolutionary scale once they start making (and using) tools?
  13. Profile photo of Creabhain
    Creabhain Male 40-49
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    Trained bird is trained.
  14. Profile photo of ryan99
    ryan99 Male 13-17
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm
    That`s impressive. It actually made a hook... Wow. Didn`t know they were smart, lol.
  15. Profile photo of s8tan
    s8tan Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:52 pm
    Smart bird is smarter than you! :O
  16. Profile photo of Angelmassb
    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:58 pm
    I want one as pet, for real
  17. Profile photo of Crabcakes
    Crabcakes Male 30-39
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    August 18, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    Ok, THAT was impressive. Kudos to the crow!

    @Creabhain: Sorry, no. If the crow was trained, it wouldn`t have tried to remove the cup without bending the wire first, it would have gone straight to the bend and lift.

    That was a very clear and straightforward use of a tool, and modification of said tool to achieve satisfactory results.

    That bird`s probably smarter than half the US, sadly enough.
  18. Profile photo of Canoas
    Canoas Male 18-29
    427 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm
    crows also drop nuts in the middle of the street to the cars crack them open
  19. Profile photo of DavidXJ
    DavidXJ Male 30-39
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    August 18, 2010 at 3:06 pm
    I thought, "stupid crow, you can`t get it from the outside." Then I realized he was BENDING THE WIRE! Are we sure these birds aren`t smarter than monkeys and dolfins?
  20. Profile photo of xiquiripat
    xiquiripat Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 3:07 pm
    Crows and ravens are such cool birds. Make big messes though.
  21. Profile photo of Sieging
    Sieging Male 13-17
    123 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm
    This is why having thumbs is awesome.
  22. Profile photo of akijade
    akijade Female 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 3:13 pm
    I was waiting to see if that crow would bend the wire. Animals are a lot smarter than we give them credit for sometimes.

    My dog, however, is still a moron.
  23. Profile photo of Brando260
    Brando260 Male 13-17
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    August 18, 2010 at 3:26 pm
    Where did I see this before....
  24. Profile photo of Fatninja01
    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    wow!
  25. Profile photo of oxyl
    oxyl Male 30-39
    915 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 3:37 pm
    Corvids rule!
  26. Profile photo of SarahofBorg
    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    That`s nothing. I saw a video where a crow would drop nuts on a crosswalk, wait for the cars to run them over and open the shell, and when the crosswalk was open again it would come back for the nut.
  27. Profile photo of Nidonemo
    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm
    Now all they need to do is develop speech and we`re f*cked.
  28. Profile photo of joanielspeak
    joanielspeak Female 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 4:25 pm
    SarahofBorg - That was from The Life of Birds. Here is the video.
  29. Profile photo of DoomCookie79
    DoomCookie79 Female 30-39
    60 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 4:30 pm
    Oh wow!
  30. Profile photo of Skythe
    Skythe Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 4:53 pm
    woah..that was ..woah..
  31. Profile photo of koffymasheen
    koffymasheen Female 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm
    This is cool and slightly disturbing at the same time.
  32. Profile photo of trailleadr
    trailleadr Male 40-49
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    August 18, 2010 at 4:57 pm
    Well, I didn`t expect that.
  33. Profile photo of DownWithDDT
    DownWithDDT Male 18-29
    45 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 5:05 pm
    dayum
  34. Profile photo of tinkerwing
    tinkerwing Female 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 5:22 pm
    That crow is a hooker.
  35. Profile photo of marissameows
    marissameows Female 18-29
    171 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 5:23 pm
    ...damn
  36. Profile photo of RickDagless
    RickDagless Male 18-29
    59 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 5:38 pm
    Now go and watch `The Birds`, prepare for the feathery apocalypse
  37. Profile photo of mogman45
    mogman45 Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm
    the engineer is a crow. caw.
  38. Profile photo of mmill928
    mmill928 Female 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 6:35 pm
    @tinkerwing
    We`ll be all right in the middle of the night, as long as that crow is a hooker!
  39. Profile photo of killiain
    killiain Male 40-49
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    August 18, 2010 at 7:08 pm
    KILL IT NOW! OR WE`LL ALL BE IT`S SLAVES!!!
  40. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    August 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm
    Motherdrater bent it? Right, that does it, I`m going out tomorrow to buy a BB gun.
  41. Profile photo of ajd121
    ajd121 Male 18-29
    625 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm
    Please, when crows figure out how to split the atom, then I`ll be impressed.
  42. Profile photo of YoungOola
    YoungOola Male 13-17
    325 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm
    You persistant son of a bit.ch.
  43. Profile photo of kula35
    kula35 Male 18-29
    159 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 7:28 pm
    Reminds me of this article.
  44. Profile photo of OmgZelda
    OmgZelda Female 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 7:35 pm
    I was waiting to see if that crow would bend the wire. Animals are a lot smarter than we give them credit for sometimes.

    My dog, however, is still a moron.

    ---

    I think we have the same dog.
  45. Profile photo of Seak
    Seak Male 18-29
    1505 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 8:13 pm
    Smart, I would have just given up.
  46. Profile photo of Subushie
    Subushie Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 8:46 pm
    Crows are common for a reason. Rarer the animal is The more likely they`re stupid as hell.
  47. Profile photo of evilducky00
    evilducky00 Male 18-29
    430 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 9:39 pm
    the second crow then swooped down and stole the others meal.
  48. Profile photo of xxPinkxx
    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 9:46 pm
    I actually watched a doc on crows the other night. They are fu*kin amazing, they have huge brains for their small body size. we think they can communicate what human faces look like to eachother, with only one crow seeing the face.
  49. Profile photo of teampink27
    teampink27 Female 18-29
    533 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 9:55 pm
    that just made me dislike crows even more...
  50. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    August 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm
    The intelligence of crows has been know for 1000s of years. Just read Aesop`s Fables.
  51. Profile photo of TheTrees
    TheTrees Male 13-17
    258 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 10:16 pm
    now I`ve seen a horse fly, and I`ve even seen a house fly, but I ain`t ever seen no... well you get the idea.
  52. Profile photo of henryhendrix
    henryhendrix Male 30-39
    722 posts
    August 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm
    *Bird pokes weight with a stick.* "Meh"
    *Bird makes a hook.* "Cool..?"
  53. Profile photo of Altaru
    Altaru Male 18-29
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    August 18, 2010 at 10:57 pm
    Now all they need to do is develop speech and we`re f*cked.
    If I remember correctly, crows already can speak, similar to parrots.

    Or maybe that`s just ravens... I KNOW ravens can, but I`m not so sure about crows...

    Anyway... Kudos to the crow. I think that`s the animal kingdom equivalent of finals, and he just passed with flying (heh heh, get it? I made a pun) colors.

    Please excuse the terrible pun. It`s 2 in the morning and I haven`t slept in a VERY, VERY long time... For me, at least.
  54. Profile photo of belunan
    belunan Male 30-39
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    August 19, 2010 at 12:07 am
    "The intelligence of crows has been know for 1000s of years. Just read Aesop`s Fables."

    Thanks for the tip. If my academic studies ever find me writing a paper on the intelligence of crows, I`ll be sure to list Aesop`s Fables as a source of information in the bibliography.
  55. Profile photo of yoiyoi
    yoiyoi Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2010 at 1:49 am
    @TheTrees, no I don`t... Please enlighten me. As for the video, when the crow made a hook, I was like WTF? You can`t be serious!!
  56. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    August 19, 2010 at 4:18 am
    1. Crow gives up on going in from the top, trys base of the clear container, and accidentally gets wire stuck in the duct tape.
    2. Crow hops around trying to pull wire free and succeeds. Coincidentally, wire is now bent into a useful shape.
    3. Bird trys wire again from the top, works this time.
    4. Researcher concludes this was reason, planning, and toolmaking by the crow.

  57. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    August 19, 2010 at 4:34 am
    "1. Crow gives up on going in from the top, trys base of the clear container, and accidentally gets wire stuck in the duct tape.
    2. Crow hops around trying to pull wire free and succeeds. Coincidentally, wire is now bent into a useful shape.
    3. Bird trys wire again from the top, works this time. "

    So if you agree that the bird used the wire... It must have reasoned its beak wasn`t long enough, planned to use the wire and turned that wire into a tool.

    Erm what was point 4 again?
  58. Profile photo of Keyh
    Keyh Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2010 at 5:42 am
    @duffytoler

    Even if that were true, the crow recognized that the alteration of the wire would alter the results of trying to go through the top, and tried it again. It still shows intelligence.
  59. Profile photo of tuxman4
    tuxman4 Male 13-17
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    August 19, 2010 at 7:21 am
    I still love the idea of getting crows to pick up change off the street and make "seed vending machines", where they can drop off the change and get seeds, and you can just stop by every once in a while and pick up the money.
  60. Profile photo of marysevier
    marysevier Female 18-29
    81 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 7:30 am
    Here is a little bit of background on this experiment. The people putting it together made a mistake and gave the crow the wrong tool. So, at the start of the experiment, the humans thought there wasn`t a way for the crow to get it out. Joshua Klein gave a speech about it on ted.com.
  61. Profile photo of CrzyWhtGrl
    CrzyWhtGrl Female 18-29
    255 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 7:38 am
    duffytoler: Despite your pessimism, this bird got the container out with a hook...I know some kids too dumb to figure that out. Birds using tools shows intelligence...
    P.S. The rest of us are now ignoring you.
  62. Profile photo of netbaby
    netbaby Female 18-29
    24 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 8:00 am
    Well done Mr crow, you now have have intelligence of a 2 year old
  63. Profile photo of beccab86
    beccab86 Female 18-29
    347 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 8:06 am
    It`s a bird. It`s not a human with deductive reasoning skills; it`s a bird. If you can`t appreciate the fact that the bird was able to get the container out of the tube, I feel sorry for you.
  64. Profile photo of duffytoler
    duffytoler Male 40-49
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    August 19, 2010 at 8:09 am
    >>the crow recognized that the alteration of the wire would alter the results of trying to go through the top

    Not necessarily. What happened was the bird just tried it again, and it probably would have tried again even if it hadn`t accidentally bent the wire.
  65. Profile photo of netbaby
    netbaby Female 18-29
    24 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 8:12 am
    Yeah um, it was a joke. You know, that thing we do for amusement, with our deductive reaoning skills
  66. Profile photo of Ace_Mazta
    Ace_Mazta Male 13-17
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    August 19, 2010 at 8:18 am
    okay he got a wire, thats pretty smart, but he needs a hoo-OH MY GOD
  67. Profile photo of digbychicken
    digbychicken Male 18-29
    235 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 9:02 am
    i would have loved to hear what it was thinking "if i can just god damn it i need some kind of hook system!!"
  68. Profile photo of meowmixx419
    meowmixx419 Male 18-29
    121 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 9:11 am
    thats not a crow, they are ravens!
  69. Profile photo of ManicRapture
    ManicRapture Female 13-17
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    August 19, 2010 at 9:27 am
    Said the raven to the bird-brain stereotype:"Nevermore!"
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    Skabashas Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2010 at 10:23 am
    NO WAY!!!!! AHHHHH!!!!1
  71. Profile photo of Uthrax
    Uthrax Male 30-39
    77 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 11:40 am
    was at cafe and saw one take a packet of sugar out of the holder, fly to a nearby rock, put the packet under one foot, rip the top open and scoop out the sugar. also read a NatGeo story where one unzipped a bag one the back of a snowmobile and raid the contents. they had to show the guy the pics before he`d believe it was not them
  72. Profile photo of beccab86
    beccab86 Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2010 at 11:55 am
    @netbaby:
    Your comment hadn`t even posted when I wrote mine, but feel free to take offense. I`ll just assume you`re from the UK.
  73. Profile photo of gorgack2000
    gorgack2000 Male 13-17
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    August 19, 2010 at 11:59 am
    Today they`re bending hooks, tomorrow they will be hacking into the pentagon and launching nuclear missiles across the globe. Using wire hooks.
  74. Profile photo of MattPrince
    MattPrince Male 40-49
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    August 19, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    "Today they`re bending hooks, tomorrow they will be hacking into the pentagon and launching nuclear missiles across the globe. Using wire hooks."

    Don`t be daft.. They just need to crap some HN51 into our water supply...
  75. Profile photo of SirFerret
    SirFerret Male 18-29
    63 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    Nothing with that small of a brain should be that smart.
  76. Profile photo of RowdyWeeps
    RowdyWeeps Female 18-29
    31 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 1:45 pm
    Here`s a fun one: They can also talk.

    Didn`t know that until one said "Hello" to me in a parking lot. Scared the everlasting poop out of me.
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    gonzoen Male 18-29
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    August 19, 2010 at 2:53 pm
    If I had one, I`d teach it to say "Nevermore". That would scare the living crab out of my friends and entertain them too!
    (And yes, I know that it`s a raven in the poem, but if I can`t teach a raven to do it, this`ll do just fine)
  78. Profile photo of goaliejerry
    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    August 19, 2010 at 7:27 pm
    gozoen = I +1 that, and it would always make people uneasy.

    Also, that bird made a tool. Cool.
  79. Profile photo of GreyYes
    GreyYes Female 18-29
    418 posts
    August 19, 2010 at 7:29 pm
    Crow1:"OMG A CLAW MACHINE!" -inserts quarter and loses-

    crow2:"Those things are scams!"

    crow1: "I dont care I want a prize!" -inserts 50 quarters- "OMG I WON"

    crow2:"you know those things only cost about a quarter in real life and you just wasted 50 on them"

    stoopid birds


  80. Profile photo of Kensho
    Kensho Male 70 & Over
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    August 19, 2010 at 7:35 pm
    already on reddit
  81. Profile photo of PinkHomicide
    PinkHomicide Female 18-29
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    August 19, 2010 at 11:43 pm
    There`s either video or an article about a crow or two who would drop encased nuts off of a street light so the cars would crush them open for it.
  82. Profile photo of CodeJockey
    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5606 posts
    August 20, 2010 at 6:38 am
    OK now, let`s see an animal cook it`s food. Then,
    there were will no longer be any lines be humans and
    other animals except intelligence level.
  83. Profile photo of Nakhla
    Nakhla Female 18-29
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    August 20, 2010 at 9:11 am
    crazy brilliant
  84. Profile photo of AlfishKK
    AlfishKK Female 18-29
    782 posts
    August 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm
    Animals are smarter than we think--I saw a video of an octopus who learned how to twist open jars to get at food, too.
  85. Profile photo of eskimo9
    eskimo9 Male 18-29
    703 posts
    August 20, 2010 at 11:14 pm
    Different species of birds have been using tools for a long time, to get grubs out of hard-to-reach places. And yes, crows often drop nuts in the middle of intersections, let cars run over them and crack them, wait till the lights turn red, then hop down and retrieve the open nuts.
  86. Profile photo of MrYouKnow
    MrYouKnow Male 13-17
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    August 21, 2010 at 11:21 am
    IT`S USING TOOLS!!! IT`S LEARNING!!!!1
  87. Profile photo of AnInsomniac
    AnInsomniac Female 18-29
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    August 22, 2010 at 7:58 am
    I thought that the ones with black beaks and feet were ravens and the ones with yellow beaks and feet were crows...`course idk for sure so i`m kinda asking...
  88. Profile photo of SmilinSam
    SmilinSam Female 18-29
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    August 22, 2010 at 9:39 am
    i was like "oh he`s got a tool" at first and then i was like "OMG HE BENT IT!" how would he know that he COULD bend it let alone that a hook would be better for that particular task.
  89. Profile photo of thecupholder
    thecupholder Female 18-29
    105 posts
    August 22, 2010 at 7:51 pm
    Hitchcock and this video have just made my fears come true..o_o
  90. Profile photo of meepmaker
    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    August 23, 2010 at 8:30 am
    They can also speak.
  91. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    August 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm
    Crows are renowned for being smart...and thieves....and bad omens.

    Though the reputation may not be as famous as it used to be, it was like so for a good reason.

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