03 December 2009

Clever corvids recreate Aesop fable

No sound but still fascinating viewing. The Rook here is emulating the crow in the Aesop fable:


A thirsty crow noticed a huge jar and saw that at the very bottom there was a little bit of water. For a long time the crow tried to spill the water out so that it would run over the ground and allow her to satisfy her tremendous thirst. After exerting herself for some time in vain, the crow grew frustrated and applied all her cunning with unexpected ingenuity: as she tossed little stones into the jar, the water rose of its own accord until she was able to take a drink.
This fable shows us that thoughtfulness is superior to brute strength, since this is the way that the crow was able to carry her task to its conclusion.



Sean Jeating said...

For about the past 30 years we are - so to speak - acquainted with a couple of crows who both are visiting Seanhenge on a daily basis. Fascinating they are.

jams o donnell said...

We've had loads of criws around this summer. I love watching them

James Higham said...

Well, bless me - the crow theme.

jams o donnell said...

I love them. Fascinating birds