Chris Packham, presenter of the BBC's ever interesting 'Inside The Animal Mind' witnessed something rather special recently. In the episode, Chris was focusing on Corvids, the species of birds that include crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers. Corvids are among the most intelligent creatures on the planet, including ourselves. They display self awareness in mirror tests, as well as tool making skills and are considered one of the best problem solvers in the animal kingdom.
In an experiment set up by Dr. Alex Taylor, we are introduced to a crow named 007, a member of the corvid family that is about to display to you just how smart these winged mutts really are.
The experiment consists of 8 stages, and is considered the most complex animal puzzle ever completed. In this world-first, watch as 007 makes his way through the complex course. Incredible.
I was always told they were smart feckers, but this just takes the piss. I reckon if you had one as a pet, you could train it to make cups of tea and stuff, no bother.
- 'What's that noise?'
- 'Oh, that's just Dennis the crow. He's just in the kitchen fetching some biscuits'.