Dead crow mystery solved

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Master of the Pit
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Jul 23, 2012
Metrowest Boston , ma.
Those of us who speak the New England dialect will appreciate this tidbit from the news....

Dead 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 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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