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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Were crows used in the hunt for Osama bin Laden?

This may well be the sequel to Alfred Hitchock's iconic horror movie "The Birds". Scientists at University of Washington have been training and studying crows and ravens, testing their ability to recognize and remember human faces. They had people wear "caveman" masks around campus, and found that the birds could not only recognize individual 'cavemen",  but would swarm them as well.

Hitchcock and friends

Enter the U.S. military. When they got a whiff of the experiments being conducted they contacted John Marzluff, the professor running the research. They gave Marzluff funding to see if birds could be used to help track down Osama bin Laden.

Marzluff: “[Crows and ravens] have a long - term memory, very acute discrimination abilities, and if a group of crows knew bin Laden as an enemy, they would certainly indicate his presence when they next saw him.” 

No word on if birds did indeed play a role in the bin Laden hunt and we will likely never know. Just keep watching for that sequel ...


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