People Are Relating To Crows After Discovering They Form, Nurse And Share Grudges For Years
It's hard to think other animals share any personality traits with humans, however we've been shown they can be just as savage, needy, friendly and fun as us.
But if you ever wanted to know about one trait that an animal has been shown to exhibit, let it be the crow.
While the bird has many attributes that prove it to be shocking intelligent, it's its ability to hold form, nurse and share grudges that has captivated people around the world. The legendary British trivia quiz show QI posted the fun fact on Twitter, which set everyone's tongues wagging.
Crows not only hold grudges, they tell their friends and family about them. pic.twitter.com/MaN3aCuSBz- Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) June 28, 2020
"Crows not only hold grudges, they tell their friends and family about them," the show revealed.
While this has been knowledge amongst scientists for years, regular folk have only just discovered this fact and realise they might share more in common with your common crow than previously thought. Loads of people replied to the post, revealing they definitely relate to the all-black bird.
"I'm a crow," wrote one user on Twitter.
Another said: "This is my favourite bird now."
A third added: "I might be part crow."
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When we say they hold grudges, we don't just mean against another animals.
A study conducted in 2011 revealed that crows can remember the human faces of the people who captured them. It could be years between a human and crow seeing each other again, but researchers discovered the bird would still would taunt and dive-bomb their captor.
Lead researcher John Marzluff, from the University of Washington, said in a statement: "The regions of the crow brain that work together are not unlike those that work together in mammals, including humans. These regions were suspected to work in birds but not documented until now."
While this is all menacing stuff, crows are also super nice when you're nice in return.
They've been shown to find and even make gifts for people who are calm and well natured around them.
The species can also use tools, hide and store food, hold funerals for family and friends, and they have a section of their brain that is relative in size to chimpanzees and humans that is dedicated to some types of executive functions but also for other higher cognitive tasks.
In short: crows are awesome but also to be feared if you cross them. You definitely don't want to get on the wrong side of a crow otherwise they will remember it for years to come.
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