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July 24, 2003

The Birds

Don't tell Tippi Hedren, but crows are just as smart as we feared. As linked from memepool, the venerable journal Science shows us that they can make and use tools. This is a fairly rare ability among animals; otters use stones to break mussel shells, but this is obviously a far better-developed problem-solving ability.

And we thought Dozer was smart... maybe some trips to Home Depot would help him get more proficient with tools.

Posted by jay at July 24, 2003 04:13 PM | TrackBack
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Wow! Wow! In the video, it looked like the hook might've almost been too wide for the cylinder—I wonder if the crow would modify the hook to make it smaller if that was a problem.

The crows—maybe they're hyperintelligent pan-dimensional beings like the mice.

Posted by: Gary on July 30, 2003 05:31 PM
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