July 28, 2015

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.

He  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.” 

Makes  you wonder why you gave me your email address, huh?


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