Talking crow befriends entire Oregon elementary school

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The friendly, albeit somewhat unpleasant crow became a temporary talisman at Allen Dale Elementary School in November when he housed the bird at Grants Pass School.

“This crow at our school just showed up out of the blue one morning,” Allen Deal Education Assistant Naomi Emile told The Oregonian/Oregon Live Thursday.

Emil said he started looking around the classroom and clicking on the doors. At one point, he made his way into a fifth grade class where he “helped himself with some snacks,” she said.

Emil said that the bird was not aggressive at all and seemed to love children.

“It landed on some people’s heads,” she said.

She said she had spoken. The bird could say, “What’s new?” and “I’m fine” and “a lot of bad words”.

“He was like a parrot,” Emil said. “It was the strangest thing.”

However, because it was a wild animal that wouldn’t leave, the school called it Animal Watch.

“It was a great production,” Emile said. “Animal Control showed up and decided it wasn’t their business to catch the crow.”

Then a wildlife officer from the Oregon State Police came to the scene.

“That officer was able to feed her from his hand,” Emil said. “They didn’t want to net it because if they missed it, they’d remember it.”

According to Emil, all the rungs went out to witness an attempt to catch the chatty crow.

She said the crow seemed to be enjoying the attention, playfully chasing the kids around the track.

“We thought it would fly away but it didn’t,” Emile added. “Children were like magnets.”

In the end, the wildlife soldier was unable to catch the crow, who spent the night of November 29 outside the school.

It turns out that talking crows aren’t just something from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem. And this crow, or perhaps more in line with Poe, the crow, knows at least 40 words.

“He knows a lot of words, I’m not going to lie,” Daphne Colbron said Thursday. “His vocabulary has expanded quite a bit in the past few weeks.”

Colpron knows a lot about the raven, or perhaps the raven—which might also be a female—because her mother rescued the bird about two years ago when it was an infant, and brought it back to the family farm in Williams from a shelter. It is called “Cosmo”.

Colbrunn said the family has dogs, including a mastiff named the Tonka Track.

“Cosmo will say, ‘Tonka, come outside,'” she said, ‘or he’ll say, ‘Get the dogs out.’

“Sometimes he uses profanity,” Colbrunn added.

Colbron’s mother, Janelle Shattuck, considers Cosmo to be part of the family.

In the morning she said, “He’ll go straight to my bedroom window and say, ‘Mom, wake up, wake up!”

Colbrunn said there is a day nursery in the neighborhood and Cosmo loves children.

“Once he knew when the kids got there, he’d just go in there and hang out,” she said.

Shattuck is an animal rescuer but Cosmo is very special to her. She said she considered him a free bird but also had a close association with him, and so, when he disappeared after she got back from Thanksgiving out of town, she was “crunched.” “He’s a human, not a bird.”

At first, Chatak was worried about killing Cosmo. It seems that while some of the neighbors loved Cosmo as much as Shattuck and Colbronne, not everyone was thrilled with the talking bird.

Cosmo is not aggressive, everyone agreed with him. But, Colbron said, “If people are afraid of Cosmo, he finds that somewhat funny.”

“He’s going to get obnoxious,” she added, saying he likes to harass people.

While the family was going to celebrate Thanksgiving, they said a neighbor had captured the bird and taken it to a local animal sanctuary. Not realizing that he was familiar with humans, the sanctuary released him, most likely in Grants Pass.

As soon as he got out, Shattuck said, he began looking for a home, which caused a huge commotion in the city.

“Cosmo was sitting on top of Planet Fitness, talking to the people who were on their way to him,” Shattuck said. “He was looking for me.”

Shattuck posted on Facebook about the lost bird in hopes of finding it.

After following a family friend in a truck that Shattuck and Colbron think he recognized, he ends up Cosmo at Allen Dale.

“He went to the only kid I knew in Allen Dale and knocked on the door,” Shattuck said. “When he was in school he would jump up and say, ‘It’s okay! I’m good!'”

It was the fifth grade classroom where Cosmo found snacks.

That night, when the child passed on the story of the talking crow to his father, Father Shattuck called. Colbronne went the next day to collect Cosmo.

“It took about 45 minutes while I was serving the sardines,” she said.

I caressed the bird and waited until I closed its eyes and then caught it.

Colbron thinks he’s happy to be back home. He did not return to visit the neighbors who captured him.

But while the story of Cosmo, the modern crow or crow, and his or her family is sweet, the Oregon State Police prefers not to take the wrong inspiration from it.

“We don’t want people to make pets out of wild animals,” said Stephanie Begman, a spokeswoman for OSP. “If they had contained this bird, it would have been a wildlife crime.”

Currently, Cosmo is free and coming home, and the kids of Allen Dale have a story to tell this holiday season that no one will believe.


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