The proof is in the poking.

It’s not news at this point that crows are smart tool users. New Caledonian crows in particular have been studied in lab settings and done some amazing things. In the wild they are a bit more shy, however. Too clever for paparazzi!

Scientists got around this by hooking a little camera to their tails and watching them go about their business.

Witness a crow hunting with a stick!

See the crow fly with a stick!
Hunt for snails with a crow!

It seems like there’s bound to be an employment scheme that could take advantage of these skills, though the crows are probably smart to stay reclusive and forage for grubs.

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