factual fable?

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Aesop’s fable describes a thirsty crow that cannot reach  reach the water in a pitcher. It cleverly uses stones to raise the water level. Recent research has found that crows are more than able to carry out this task.

Aptly named researcher Christopher Bird commented:

“Corvids are remarkably intelligent, and in many ways rival the great apes in their physical intelligence and ability to solve problems. The only other animal known to complete a similar task is the orang-utan.

“This is remarkable considering their brain is so different to the great apes’.

To see video of the clever crows go to

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/news/dp/2009080602

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