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Crows Swinging on a Tree Branch

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We know from living with cats and dogs that animals like to play and have fun. Still, we are astonished at the rare sighting of wild animals playing games that serve no purpose other than to enjoy it. Crows are quite intelligent birds, being able to use tools and figure out puzzles. Here they have fashioned a game of sorts around swinging on a weeping willow branch. NCARalph caught them on video in his backyard in Massachusetts, and does play-by-play commentary for the game. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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I have seen them do the reverse on the wispy top ends of the red cedar.
They will land on one of the top tips of it and then bounce it. Or they hop on it and get it going. Then another will try to hop on and knock the first off.
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