The Avian Flu outbreak in Iowa has created problems for many people – including my magician buddy, Michael Oz, whose doves have been banned from performing in his act at the Iowa State Fair Talent Show this summer (link http://whotv.com/2015/08/04/avian-flu-keeping-iowa-magician-from-bringing-dove-act-to-state-fair/ ). That sucks for Oz, but it’s understandable.
THIS is really crazy, though. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is reporting the recent discovery of over 1,200 dead CROWS in northwest Iowa, and there was obvious concern that they may have died from the Avian Flu.
A bird pathologist examined the remains of each crow, and, to everyone’s relief, confirmed that the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts.
During the detailed analysis, it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the birds’ beaks and claws.
By analyzing these paint residues, it was determined that approximately 99% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only about 1% had been killed by an impact with a car.
An Ornithological Behaviorist was hired to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentage of truck kills versus car kills.
He very quickly concluded the reason: 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 of the look-out crows could easily shout “Caaa,” not a single one could shout “Truck.”
57-second video history lesson: