21 July 2013

Dead Crow Mystery Solved

Crow mystery solved
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 birds' 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.
The conclusion was that while all the lookout crows could
say "Cah," none could say "Truck."

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