At times we get emails with subjects that
aren’t being covered in the drive-by media.
We then post these to inform those who don’t
have the full story.
We felt the following was serious enough
to share with you…
To determine how 200 crows died, one would
expect a thorough investigation, however,
who would expect such a finding?
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.”
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