Ravens and mice


Ravens have intelligence. Indeed, lab studies demonstrate that ravens will cooperate on a project that requires two of them. If yesterday’s test is a measure, they regularly cooperate on a joint exercise in the wild. Mind you, it all happened prior to any observations, but the results seem obvious. 

Two ravens had set on a mouse nest, and each then grabbed a victim. They were seen first when they flew off together to utility poles on opposite sides of the road to eat them.

On the north side of the road was seen a mouse whose head had already been eaten.

A closer view was obtained from the raven on the south side of the road.

The south-side raven was tossing fur around to get at the meat.


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3 Responses to Ravens and mice

  1. Allan Hobden says:

    …they were ‘ravenous….

  2. Pamella Wik says:

    So handsome, Alistair. The last photo shows the seemingly tessellated nature of wing plumage, which, here, resembles finely wrought metalwork.

    I failed to hook on to the seasonal greetings and don’t want to miss wishing you and your family prosperity, in all of its meanings. Your work, your knocking about with a camera
    is so deeply appreciated. The wonders you deliver put awe into our lives. What a magnificent avocation you have. “… A mouse is miracle enough to stagger sextillions of infidels.” Walt Whitman

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