Monday, July 08, 2013

200 Dead Crows

...can't argue with research

Researchers for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission found over 200 dead crows near the City of Pittsburgh 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, reviewing 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.

PTC 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."

I know, I know, give me 20 lashes with a wet noodle. LOL It's still funny!


Anonymous said...

There is probably an answer to why trucks kill more crows but I don't think it has caw in it. LOL There must be some reason, and probably it has to do with how high the birds can get when they initially leave to avoid being hit. I mean if they go straight up that would be a big first step to get out of the way.

linda eller said...

LOL enjoy your Monday my friend!

Lady Di Tn said...

You naughty girl you got me GOOD. lol

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