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Mine? Not this time, Seagull.
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You might have seen on the news recently that one bad-ass crow stole a knife from a crime scene in Vancouver, Canada (which was eventually recovered by police). The crow’s name is Canuck, and he is Vancouver’s most notorious bird. He has quite a reputation there and his antics are regularly chronicled on his Facebook Page. Canuck’s been known to steal small items from pedestrians in the past, including keys, cigarettes, and loose change, and he’s easy to identify by the bright red band on his ankle.
While Canuck may be painted as a “bad bird”, thieving the good people of Vancouver, he actually has a heartwarming back story and homelife. Thank-you The Dodo for reporting on it.
Long before Canuck was meddling in police affairs, he was a hatchling who had fallen out of his nest as a baby. Canuck’s “dad” is a man named Shawn Bergman.
“I’m not thrilled that he tampered with a crime scene, but what … [can] you do?” Bergman said. “He’s a wild crow.”
“He was found and raised by my landlord’s son,” Bergman wrote. ”He was no bigger than a tennis ball and was not able to fly due to his age. He more than likely would’ve died if he hadn’t been taken in, in my opinion.”
Canuck was cared for by the landlord’s son until he was able to fly and survive on his own. He was released in July 2015, but not before receiving a red band on his left foot that made him easily identifiable and signaled to others who came across him that he’d had human contact.
But even though Canuck was free to go, he never left the neighborhood, choosing instead to loiter in the yard of the building he knew as home.
“On approximately day three of his release we noticed that he was not around the house,” Bergman told The Dodo. Bergman decided to go looking for the crow himself, to see if the bird was still within the parameters of the neighborhood.
“I ended up coming across him in an open grassy area looking very confused and scared,” Bergman said. “As soon as he saw me, he ran up to me. I put up my arm and he flew up and landed on it.” ”That was the first time I had ever walked through the neighborhood with a crow on my arm. Little did I realize it would be far from the last. Now it’s an everyday thing,” he said.
While Canuck is friendly — for the most part — toward other people, he shares a special bond with Bergman, whom he greets in the mornings and follows to his bus stop when he heads off to work. As soon as Bergman steps off the bus each evening, Canuck is there to say “hello” after a long day.
Despite Canuck being used to humans, Bergman aims to keep the crow’s experience as close to the wild as possible. ”I want him to experience life naturally,” Bergman said. Well, as naturally as a bird who’s become a bit of a celebrity both locally and internationally can experience.
“He’s very mischievous and a prolific thief, but he can also be quite comical,” Bergman said. “He’s not shy.”
But no matter how far Canuck strays, he knows that he’ll always have a partner in Bergman: the person who came for him just when he needed him most.
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In Cincinnati, Ohio, police officer James Givens was sitting in his patrol car when he heard what sounded like a little knock on his vehicle’s door.
It turned out that knock was from a goose.
“It kept pecking and pecking and normally they don’t come near us,” Givens told WKRC Cincinnati. ”Then it walked away and then it stopped and looked back so I followed it and it led me right over to the baby that was tangled up in all that string.”
The string was attached to a discarded Mother’s Day balloon, giving an unfortunate and ironic spin to this mother goose’s story.
Givens used his cell phone to take video of the incident along with specialist Cecilia Charron. The two called the local chapter of SPCA but they were unable to send someone out quickly enough, so Charron stepped up and saved the baby herself.
“[Charron] has a couple of kids of her own and I guess that motherly instinct must’ve kicked in because it was like they communicated,” Givens told WRKC. “The mother goose didn’t bother her, so Specialist Charron came and untangled it. It took her awhile because it was all wrapped up.”
But eventually, the human mom was able to help the goose mom to save her baby gosling.
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Beep Beep the Duck took to paddle-boarding with his owner’s friend, MicBergsma, and it is amazing that this duck doesn’t wander off the board! The video was taken in the Summer of 2011, but was uploaded more recently for our viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
Thank-you YouTube Channel MicBergsma for this entertaining video.
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A chestnut-eared aracari, a type of Toucan, had his life saved thanks to the ingenuity of scientists, surgeons and a 3D printing artist. Tuc Tuc the Toucan was found injured on a street in Brazil missing a large portion of his lower beak. Cicero Moraes took a mold of the toucan’s beak and then got to work 3D printing a new one. It took two hours to surgically attach the prosthetic beak to the bird. Tuc Tuc wouldn’t be able to survive without receiving a new beak, and now he’ll live out the rest of his days at a comfy Brazilian animal shelter.
Thank-you YouTube Channel Inside Edition for this marvelous news story.
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An Australian couple had a close encounter with one of the most dangerous birds in the world when a giant flightless cassowary wandered into their home, sending them running for cover.
Peter and Sue Leach were in their house at Wongaling Beach in far north Queensland state earlier this week when the bird- which can grow up to 6ft 6ins tall- sauntered in.
“My husband said, ‘look, we’ve got a visitor!’ and there he was walking into the house through the garage,” Sue Leach said. ”My husband quickly ran over behind the dining table and I went outside and stood on the driveway next to the car. At the same time, I was saying to my husband, get the camera!”
Leach said the cassowary, nicknamed “Peanut”, walked through the neighborhood regularly as it sits near a rainforest, but this was the first time she knew of it entering a home.
“He didn’t bump anything or look for food or the fruit bowl, which was good, and we didn’t spook him at all, because they’re still a wild animal and they’re spooked by dogs and things like that,” she said, adding that it was “very calm. It’s a very unusual experience.”
The southern cassowary is an endangered species found only in the tropical rainforests of northeast Queensland, Papua New Guinea and some surrounding islands. It is Australia’s heaviest flightless bird and can weigh up to 170 pounds. It has two powerful legs that end in talons punctuated by three-inch-long razor-sharp claws.
Cassowaries are ratites, which is an ancient family of birds that includes ostriches, emus, rheas, New Zealand’s extinct moa, and kiwis. Ratites began to evolve and disperse approximately 65 million years ago, around the same time as the Cretaceous extinction event that killed all of the non-avian dinosaurs.
It’s been suggested that ratites’ evolutionary ancestors were able to thrive and succeed after the extinction of terrestrial dinosaurs due to the newfound ecological opportunities that arose when no large predators were around to eat them. Cassowaries are so reminiscent of their dinosaur cousins that biologists have studied their low, booming calls to figure out how dinosaurs might have communicated with one another.
There have been 221 recorded attacks by cassowaries. Of those, 150 were against humans, in which the birds generally chased, charged, or kicked their victims. They can reach max speeds of 30 miles per hour. Approximately three-fourths of cassowary confrontations stemmed people trying to feed them. Moral of this story: Don’t try to feed a cassowary, just admire the closest animal we have to a dinosaur from afar.
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Portland, Oregon is known for its unique character, which inspired an award-winning show, called Portlandia. One of Portlandia’s best known comedy skits involved putting a bird on random things, and making it into art. If you haven’t seen the Portlandia Bird Skit, click here -> https://youtu.be/iHmLljk2t8M.
Thus the phrase, “Put a Bird on It” entered into the vernacular, or should I say, “Bernacular?”
Today at a Bernie Sanders rally in Portland, a little bird visited Bernie’s podium- a sparrow to be exact- which caused the crowd to cheer and applaud. Bernie paused his speech, smiled and enjoyed the moment with the visiting bird. As the bird flew away, Bernie said that the bird was symbolic of a dove asking for world peace.
Thank-you YouTube Channel The Oregonian for this awesome video!
The small but proud sparrow is one of the most common birds. However, it is often overlooked, its power taken for granted. Although it is small, the sparrow animal totem is both powerful and productive. It’s persistence and integrity shows us that we do not have to be big to make a difference. We also do not need to have the biggest and best things in order for our voices to be heard.
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