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Crows Bearing Gifts

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Here are some of little Gabi’s collection of gifts from crows.

Mr. Nature here, with something that sounds like folklore, but isn’t.

Did you know some crows–not all of them–give gifts to human beings who have done them a good turn? I didn’t. But it seems crows will decide they really like a certain person, and show it by giving gifts.

One of their favorite humans is an 8-year-old girl in Seattle who’s been feeding crows in her back yard and receiving gifts from them in return (https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-31604026). She has amassed quite a collection–pretty stones and bits of glass, screws, a discarded light bulb, a Lego piece, and a little plastic heart (her favorite). She leaves peanuts on a tray, and the crows leave gifts.

Crows are smart! Really smart. In Japan they’ve learned to deposit hard-to-crack nuts on street intersections. Cars run over the nuts; and then, when the light turns red and the cars stop, the crows fly down to pick up the goodies.

As Rev. D. James Kennedy used to say, “Ain’t chance grand?” But he and we know it wasn’t chance or evolution that gave crows their smarts: this is how God created them. And I’ll bet He had a good time doing it.


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