Unusually Large Number of Crows Killed Outside Boston. Avian Flu to Blame?
Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority recently found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu.
A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and to everyone’s relief, confirmed 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 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were killed by impact with cars.
MTA then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine a cause for the disproportionate percentage of truck kills versus car kills.
The Behaviorist concluded that when crows eat road kill, they always have a lookout crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger.
They discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout “Cah”, not a single one could shout “Truck.”