As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Crow steals knife from crime scene in Canada

Thursday, May 26, 2016, 10:41 AM

A group of crows is called a murder — but this one may have murderous intent.

Canuck the Crow is a well-known bird in Vancouver. He has a penchant for stealing shiny things and even has his very own Facebook page.

Lately, he’s even developed an interest in crime scene investigation.

On Tuesday, police arrived at the scene of a car fire only to be confronted by a man with a knife. Shots were fired and police collared the man in a McDonald’s parking lot, according to Global News.

Then Canuck got involved.

Canuck — or a bird just like him with a leg tag like his — was caught on camera roaming around the crime scene, pecking at yellow crime scene tape and perching atop a police car.

Then, the crime scene crow swooped in and stole something from the cordoned area, according to Vancouver Courier reporter Mike Howell.

"A cop chased it for about 15 to 20 feet, and then the crow dropped it and took off," Howell told CBC.

"It was really strange. In my 20-plus years reporting from crime scenes, I've never seen anything like that crow trying to take a knife."

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