Are crows the ultimate problem solvers? – Inside the Animal Mind: Episode 2 – BBC Two

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  1. Then Allah sent a crow searching in the ground to show him how to hide the disgrace of his brother. He said, "O woe to me! Have I failed to be like this crow and hide the body of my brother?" And he became of the regretful(Quran surah Al Maidah:31) All praises belongs to Allah

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  3. It is amazing that this is actually a puzzle that humans would have to solve, yet, Corvids got it – and just after observation. This bird took a look, then took a think, then completely solved the problem.

  4. A Problem Solving Crow

    I've given our Crows an occasional raw egg, medium size usually. The bold Crow always seems pleased and picks it up and flies away with it.

    This morning I had a foam egg carton with four jumbo eggs firmly cemented in place from one of the four which was cracked and had leaked. Despite a good effort I was unable to extricate any of the eggs and was on the verge of dumping the carton when it occurred to me that the Crows might enjoy it. So I cut off the lid and, when the Crow family arrived to feed, laid the bottom half of the carton with the four eggs cemented in place out in the usual feeding spot. Then I threw out the dog food around it.

    The Crows were initially cautious and avoided the egg carton, sticking to the dog food. After the dog food was pretty well cleaned up our bold Crow, the head of the clan, approached the egg carton. He approached carefully, took an exploratory peck and leaped backwards a couple of feet. After a few repetitions of that he decided the carton was safe and pecked open the cracked egg and ate the insides, then tried for a long time to extricate a cemented egg from the carton without success. He ended by pecking one of the remaining cemented eggs open and ate the contents. (I think he was sharing some of the goodies with the fledglings but not sure about that.) Then the Crow family left, leaving the carton with two eggs still cemented in it.

    Now the story gets interesting. About a half hour later the bold Crow returned and with an air that he had decided exactly what to do, he deftly and quickly ripped away pieces of the foam carton until one of the eggs, with foam still attached, was separated. He then rolled the egg over and removed the pieces of foam sticking to the egg until it was bare, picked the big jumbo egg up and flew off with it. Not long after he returned and repeated the process with the last egg. His behavior clearly indicated he had thought of a solution while he was gone. I was astonished!(John Pitman) response:Wow! Your report is very interesting indeed. There are all sorts of implications in the actions of the crow when he returned to tear apart the carton. Not the least of these is the obvious one that he had thought the situation over while he was away and arrived at a solution by a process of reasoning, while he was not in the same location as the egg carton. If crows can do that (and I certainly believe that they are capable of it), then our understanding of their intelligence must jump up several levels. I myself would think that solving a problem by reasoning, without experimentation, is a greater accomplishment than making a simple tool with which to grab food .

  5. Поразительно! Но может быть это результат длительной дрессировки? Из фильма непонятно, сколько времени и сколько раз человек обучал ворону сделать все эти трюки…./// Approximate translation from Russian:// Amazing! But maybe this is the result of long-term training? It is not clear from the film how long and how many times the man trained the crow to do all these tricks….

  6. I remember that crow! Thats the one who kept stealing my homework out of my safe, which stood in a secret-door-basement in a keycard-accessed building!

    My teachers never believed me 🙁

  7. へんものから!!

  8. I don't really know how impressive this if the crow was trained on each element individually. I feel like he was just randomly applying the conditioned behaviours until a large stick fell out. It did not look like he every looked at the large stick before he started chucking the stones in the plastic thing. I don't think the crow understood the whole process, e.g. was looking for a large stick. I think he was just repeating any behaviour that has previously given him food in the training, and it happened to lead to a large stick.

  9. Come on man that was just trial and error, the crow didn't see the big picture as a puzzle to be solved from the beginning but just realized that some effect happens when he causes something but didn't know which sequence to go in order straight away by looking at it all first! They aren't that smart and you are giving them too much credit just as the dumb Crow saying Lenore all the time was interpreted by the hero of Poe's story to have some wisdom.

  10. I had once a crow nest in my house roof; I took it off and several days later the crow break into my house stealing necklaces, rings and other stuff. It figured out how to open the door (you have to rise the handle really far up and then press it down to unlock the door). How do I know it was a crow? Well, a crow was on the chicken's fence with one my mom's new cigarettes she's been missing

  11. Crows and ravens have followed me everywhere since I became a Christian and received the Holy Spirit. Maybe someone could explain what this means spiritually? How to understand them and communicate with them?

  12. A few months ago I was walking up the road and a crow flew in front of me and spoke in my mind.. It said "actually, I do love you"

    And a few weeks after that a crow followed me home from the supermarket flying between branches… It spoke to me in my mind and said… "what god do you follow."

    I answered. "the goddess morrigan"

    And it replied "we follow the same god."

  13. Seeing a crow or a raven is considered in various traditions as a bad omen, a creature bringing bad luck or bad news. While there are different theories as to why it’s viewed negatively, it could be because it’s the creature in the Quran associated with death and mankind’s first murder.

    “And his soul permitted to him the murder of his brother, so he killed him and became among the ­losers.

    “Then Allah sent a crow searching in the ground to show him how to hide the disgrace of his brother. He said, ‘O woe to me! Have I failed to be like this crow and hide the body of my brother?’ And he became of the regretful.” (Quran 5:30-31)

    When the son of Prophet Adam, the first man on Earth, committed murder, Allah sent him a crow to teach him what to do with the body. After Qabeel (Cain) killed his brother Habeel (Abel), it’s said that the crow dug a hole in the Earth using its claws, dragged a dead crow into the hole, then covered it completely with dirt. Qabeel imitated the bird and buried his brother, feeling great remorse over his sin of killing. To this day, Muslims bury their dead, and there are different rituals and traditions that have been adopted over the centuries as they lay our dead to rest.

  14. A shame we live in a society that strips us of our true capability and discourages us from critically thinking I only care aBoUt iNsTaGrAm kArDaShIaNs aNd I OnLy fEeD oN tHe NeWs

  15. Crow with injured wing hung around work yard I made sure it ate two months later it could fly its been greating me at my rig after work for three years now 😅

  16. A fellow commented the goddess Morrigan and the connection with Crows
    Well ShaniDev, whose day is Saturday
    His vehicle IS a crow.
    Of course, Murugan Hindu God of War and son of Shiva, well…they re all connected, we re all connected.
    Pashupati is Lord Of Beasts and is quite revered in Nepal, Bhutan…
    Of course, this is Shiva…
    Proton, neutron, electron…
    Creation, preservation, destruction

  17. Before 1500 years ,
    The Creator told us about the intelligence of the crow in the Qur’an in Surat Al-Ma’idah, verse 31

    Then Allah sent a raven, who scratched the ground, to show him how to hide the shame of his brother. "Woe is me!" said he; "Was I not even able to be as this raven, and to hide the shame of my brother?" then he became full of regrets-

  18. I used to watch as a pair of crows would land 4-5 feet in front of my cat drawing him across our front yard, closer and closer to the road. When he would be right at the road edge, they would land across on the other side and flit about irresistibly to get him into the road. I knew they were trying to get him in the road bc it was dangerous for him. They no doubt had seen other animals eliminated by cars. But then one day, I was driving home from work and I saw a small dead animal (not my cat) on the road…and that pair of crows were eating from it. So they were trying not only to eliminate my cat as a threat to them and their young, they were trying to whip up a meal at the same time, trying to kill two birds with one stone, as they say. True story.

  19. This is so cool, like, it actually solved that puzzle, but like in a way that shows it actually understands it you know, not just trying random things out but actually thinking about it and solving it.


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