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When Birds Bid Us Stupid Featured

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After several stupid moments yesterday, I remembered Aesop's fable “The Crow and the Pitcher:”

In a spell of dry weather, when the Birds could find very little to drink, a thirsty Crow found a pitcher with a little water in it. But the pitcher was high and had a narrow neck, and no matter how he tried, the Crow could not reach the water. The poor thing felt as if he must die of thirst.

Then an idea came to him. Picking up some small pebbles, he dropped them into the pitcher one by one. With each pebble the water rose a little higher until at last it was near enough so he could drink.

In a pinch a good use of our wits may help us out.

Sometimes we don't give enough credit to birds. Of course, there the less than smart birds, like geese that fly into a jet's propellers and the annoying mynas that would screech outside my bedroom window in Thailand at five in the morning. But those mynas weren't so stupid. They would come along whenever my useless black cat was napping to eat all his food. Now, as I sit back in Chicago at spring time, time and time again I see sparrows bombing rooks and falcons that come to close to the nests. Perhaps after you read Mental Floss's article, 11 Surprisingly Smart Birds, you won't mind having bird brains either.

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