Tuesday Video Lunch: Crows Have Hobbies Too

Crows again!? These birds are beginning to freak me out. First, I read about how they are ganging up on the British to steal their cheeseburgers. Then, we looked at how crows have learned to use automobiles as automatic nutcrackers (AND wait at the pedestrian crossing to collect the food.) Finally, on this week’s Video Lunch, we bring you the most terrifying crow news of all: they like to go fishing. Well, not fishing exactly, but the principles are all there. Crows prepare a special rod and then stick it into holes in tree trunks. The grubs inside the hole bite the stick in defense, then the crows reel them in!

Let’s review:  Crows like fast food, cars, and fishing. Next thing you know, they will be watching television and joining our bowling leagues. Watch out, humans! The crows are gaining on us!


Podcast: Bite Your Face Off, Koala STDs, and Bitey, the Catholic Dog

This week, we are talking about why koala’s don’t believe in safe sex. We also are discussing Urian, the dog that bit Pope. (Further research indicates that Cardinal Wolsey never actually went to Rome. Also, Urian was the name of Anne Boleyn’s dog, not Wolsey’s. But Wolsey was certainly born in this week in animal history.)

The Nutcracker… SWEET!

As Matt mentioned on the latest episode of the plodcast, there are crows who have learned to open nuts by dropping them in traffic. And at least one has even gone so far as to do this near pedestrian crossings so that he could wait for a red light to collect his meal. They’ve figured out our traffic laws. Next thing you know they’ll be driving through the McD’s take-out lane.

I am starting a campaign to make “bird-brained” a compliment. And I am absolutely positive that our fans are all bird-brains.