weekend silliness: Aesop’s crows

Clever Crows Prove Aesop’s Fable Is More Than Fiction:

Researchers presented four crows with a challenge from Aesop’s fable “The Crow and the Pitcher”: a container of water not quite full enough for the birds to reach with their beaks. Just like Aesop’s crow, all four birds figured out how to raise the water level by dropping stones into the glass. The crows also selectively chose large pebbles over small ones, and quickly realized that dropping rocks into a container of sawdust didn’t have the same effect.

(Thank, Danielle!)

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~ by Jin on August 9, 2009.

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