Monthly Archive: August 2018

Rook At This Mess: French Park Trains Crows To Pick Up Litter

Six crows trained to pick up cigarette ends and rubbish will be put to work at a French historical theme park, according to its president.

The story by The Guardian is good: A bunch of park rangers have taught crows in western France to pick up trash by rewarding them with food. Simple enough. But what’s really great here is the writing. “Rook At This Mess” for the headline. Rook, a member of the crow family of birds that also includes the carrion crow, jackdaw and raven, are considered to be “particularly intelligent and in the right circumstances like to communicate with humans and establish a relationship through play”. The fact that the writer goes on to quote actual animal experts only adds to the amusement.

[You can read the full story —> here…]