Notorious Crow Caught Stealing a Knife From a Crime Scene

June 2, 2016 | Erica Tennenhouse

American crow. Corvus brachyrhynchos
Photo credit: cuatrok77/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0). A common American crow.

Canuck the Crow strikes again

City crows are attracted to shiny objects, a fact that may have contributed to a rather odd incident at a crime scene in Vancouver, British Columbia.

According to local media reports, police responded last Tuesday to a car engulfed in flames in a parking lot, where they were confronted by a man armed with a knife. The police shot at the man, who was treated for non-life-threatening wounds.

A crow later swooped in and picked the knife up from inside the cordoned off crime scene, according to Vancouver Courier reporter Mike Howell, who witnessed the incident.

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"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."

But this was not just any crow. It was Canuck the crow, who has gained notoriety in Vancouver for his antics, which include attacking a cyclist in the city last year and taking a ride on the SkyTrain earlier this year.

Canuck is easily identified by a red plastic band around his leg.

Though crows are highly intelligent, the motivation behind Canuck’s crime was probably simple.

Wayne Goodey, a zoology lecturer at the University of British Columbia told CBC that crows “might associate a shiny foil with edibles or food wrapping from a restaurant. And they have no way of knowing it's not food until they put it in their beaks."

"It was a crime of opportunity," Goodey determined.

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