Craziest F#?King Thing I've Ever Heard - Crows Using Tools

  • Aired:  01/31/13
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A bird demonstrates higher-level thinking while Big Bird, after 40 years, still needs help counting to 10. (3:22)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> Stephen: HEY, WAIT HERE.

I DIDN'T KNOW.

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

NATION, I'VE SEEN A LOT OF INSANE THINGS IN MY DAY.

AFTER ALL, I'VE INTERVIEWED JAMES CARVILLE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

OF COURSE, EVERY NOW AND THEN SOMETHING REALLY WILD LEAPS OUT AT YOU-- AGAIN, JAMES CARVILLE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

ONCE HE'S COILED, HE HAS TO STRIKE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

AND WHEN SOMETHING TRULY UNUSUAL COMES ALONG, I DROP EVERYTHING TO TELL AMERICA ABOUT THE

CRAZIEST (bleep) THING I'VE EVER HEARD.

[ LAUGHTER ]

FOLKS, HUMANS ARE FAR MORE PRODUCTIVE THAN ANYTHING IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM.

TRUST ME, I SPEND MY ENTIRE WORK-DAY WATCHING.

KITTENS ON YOUTUBE.

[ LAUGHTER ]

THEY GET NOTHING DONE.

NO, YOU DON'T.

YOU DON'T GET NOTHING DONE.

YOU ARE SO SLEEPY.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[BABBLING]

BUT NEW RESEARCH MAY FORCE US TO EAT CROW, THANKS TO AN OXFORD UNIVERSITY STUDY OF CROWS USING TOOLS.

WATCH THIS.

AS THIS CROW WHO, WITHOUT ANY TRAINING, USES A SMALL TOOL TO GET AT A SLIGHTLY LONGER TOOL,

THEN USES THE LONGER TOOL TO GET A TREAT.

THIS IS INSANE!

[ LAUGHTER ]

A BIRD SHOWING HIGHER-LEVEL THINKING!

HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

IT'S BEEN OVER 40 YEARS AND BIG BIRD STILL NEEDS HELP COUNTING TO TEN!

[ LAUGHTER ]

THIS IS AN AMAZING FEAT.

IT'S A LITTLE TOUGH TO SEE ON THAT VIDEO, SO LET ME SHOW YOU JUST HOW CLEVER THAT CROW WAS.

THIS IS BASICALLY THE EXPERIMENT GOING ON.

THERE'S FOOD AT THE END OF THIS TUBE.

THERE'S A PEANUT M & M DOWN THERE.

REPRESENTS THE TREAT DOWN THERE THE OTHER TOOLS OF VARIOUS LENGTHS HAVE TOOLS OF VARIOUS

LENGTHS IN THEM.

IN ORDER TO GET THE FOOD, WHAT YOU DO IS -- YOU TRY TO GET YOUR FINGER IN THERE.

GET THAT OUT OF THERE WHEN DID MY FINGERS GET SO FAT?

[ LAUGHTER ]

WHAT IF --

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

WAIT A SECOND.

YOU GOTTA USE THE TOOLS.

GIVE ME THOSE (bleep) THINGS SNSM COULD YOU -- FORGET IT.

I DON'T NEED IT.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

AHHH.

MMMMM.

[ LAUGHTER ]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

NATION, I'VE WATCHED SHERYL CROW FROM A CROW'S NEST.

WHILE DRINKING OLD CROW TO FORGET ABOUT MY CROW'S FEET.

BUT A CROW USING TOOLS?

THAT'S THE CRAZIEST (bleep) THING I'VE EVER HEARD.

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