Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Smart Crows!

We've always known that some animals like dolphins and apes are intelligent, but apparently, so are crows. This first video is very impressive. A crow is given a complex problem and apart from a few seconds when it seems to get stuck, it actually figures out what it needs to do to get the food. To quote the BBC presenter in the video, "how on earth did that crow do that?"

video uploaded in youtube by BBC

Do you remember the Aesop fable about the crow and the pitcher, where the crow drops pebbles into a pitcher to raise the water level, allowing it to drink? It seems that in real life, these birds actually know how to do that! Check this next video out. I mean, talk about an amazing ability to understand cause and effect.

video uploaded in youtube by PLOS Media

The next time someone calls you a birdbrain, show them these videos and thank them for the compliment. :)

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