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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Haggai, Apr 28, 2005.
In Germany. Via the Tony Kornheiser show:
One of my co-workers just got a shipment of tadpoles. Now we are all waiting for them to blow up.
Tis the crows: Source: http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/com...5E1702,00.html Question: Assuming both Crows and Toads have been around for hundreds of thousand, if not millions of years, why have crows just started popping toads? On a vaguely related note, did they ever figure out the cause of those spontaneous combustions in Italy some months ago? Stuff was just roasting all over the place for no apparent reason. -- H
Thanks for the explanatory link, H. What a weird phenomenon. I'm wondering the same thing you are: did the crows just figure this out? Also, the story's a little unclear: does the crow puncture the toad's stomach and then fly away, or does he actually pull the liver out of the still-kicking toad? That would be insane!
More questions: Why the liver specifically? What is the duration of the inflation? Does anyone have a video of this thing? I wanna see a toad pop like a balloon. -- H
Let me get this straight... crows are surgically pecking out thousands of toad livers... leaving the rest of the toad alive and uneaten... who then, in its frightened state, blows up. Well, at least an exploding toad isn't as bad as an exploding whale:
Hahaha....the exploding whale appears again!! It was kinda creepy when I was reading about the exploding frogs. Wasn't there an episode of "The X-Files" about this??
Those poor toads -- apparently they are in tremendously agony while puffing up and they even continue to live for a short period after they burst. Obviously there are similarly gruesome fates for many animals (ever see a lion rip apart a gazelle?) but it just seems different with the toads, possibly because of the "surgical" removal of their livers. I too wonder how the crows, after all these years, just figured this out.
http://www.local6.com/news/4410396/detail.html There's a slide show, but the photos aren't much
There are similar incidences in the animal behaviour literature reporting birds apparently spontaneously finding new feeding methods that you thought they'd have learnt a long time ago. No-one know why. Another tale of bird feeding that's worth reading if you have a spare five minutes: http://www.thecorpuscle.com/2005/04/the_cream_myth.html
..............I..............um..........wow. Who needs fiction, the world is amazing enough.
Not that this isn't remarkable, but there has to be a first time for everything. Perhaps we've just been witness to the crow's trading a spec of instinct for a spec of intelligence and taking a small but measurable step toward sentience.
You may be onto something Brian, crows are_ very intelligent birds and highly social with their own. One of them may have figured out a new delicacy for them and passed it on to the rest of their fine feathered friends.After having spent alot of time outdoors in their environment, I believe crows definitely can communicate amongst themselves, so it's easy to see how they could spread the word fast. Then again, I could be totally way off,lol!
Crows can be taught to speak like a parrot... but I think you have to split their tounge. We had visited a nature center with a talking crow. It was freaky.. they have a much deeper voice than a parrot.
Maybe the crows watched Blade through someone's window enough to get a bright idea...."Hey dude, watch this!"..pluck....BLAAMO!!