Joshua Klein makes a very good point about how we focus on animals that are facing extinction, and don't focus on those animals that are adapting and surviving, animals like cockroaches, rats and crows. I've always wondered how we'd react to those animals if they were cute, furry and had great big round eyes
He set about to discover why and how crows are adapting to life around modern humans.
He discovered that crows are doing more than surviving around humans, they are thriving around them. The birds are adapting in ways that boggle the mind. He demonstrates in this video that crows are highly intelligent animals that can be trained to do fairly complex tasks.
I am thoroughly impressed by his suggestion that rather than focussing on eradicating crows, we should look at finding ways that their innate intelligence can be used to help us. He suggests that crows could be trained to pick up garbage after a ball game, or to pick out certain parts from discarded electronics.
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