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Old 11-10-2013, 10:35 AM   #1
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Default Crow kills

This is way too astonishing news to not pass on. How sad.


Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston recently, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu. A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone's relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts.

However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the bird's beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were killed by an impact with a car.

MTA then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills.

The Ornithological Behaviorist very quickly concluded the cause: when crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. They discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout "Cah", not a single one could shout "Truck." Absolutely amazing!

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Old 11-10-2013, 10:56 AM   #2
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Your rotten to the CAH!
And here I was sucking it all up to the bitter end thinking they couldn't rise or lift fast enough before the big WHACK where as a car being smaller they had freedom of flight. YOU-tirdy birdy-YOU!
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:52 PM   #3
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thats funny
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Old 11-10-2013, 12:54 PM   #4
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Good one!

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Old 11-10-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by fishlkmich View Post
Sorry, I couldn't help it! Please forgive me.:
You are forgiven. You had me going until I started the last line. I'm relieved to know that, after all the bad news out there, that this one ended in a laugh.
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:52 PM   #6
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I've never actually seen a roadkill crow. I have seen a lot of roadkill gulls, and early this fall I was on a busy road and saw two Snowy Egrets flying from the salt marshes on one side to the marshes on the other side of the road. I could see that one was too low and would get clobbered which it did. I stopped and it was broken but not yet dead so I stopped at the nearest SPCA shelter and they called an animal control person so I could me report it. It was so sad to see that beautiful creature reduced to a heap of mangled soiled feathers in a mere second.

It was in almost exact same place where I got a herring gull. In that case I was more concerned for my windshield than the gull.
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