Corvid vs cat

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Corvids are intelligent enough to do things just for fun.

This here looks like a game both play.

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I wish I had a tail.

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Looks like a hooded crow (corvus corone cornix).

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I thought staying at home would help me get more tail. Sadly, no.

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I saw a crow trolling a bulldog once. The bulldog was chasing the crow (in total silence, as dogs do when they’re actually trying to catch something), and the crow was maintaining a steady course and distance, about two feet in front of and a couple of inches above the dog’s face, rather than breaking for the trees like a pigeon or seagull would.

I guess I may have been anthropomorphising, but it looked totally deliberate.

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and people think CATS are assholes, jeez. something tells me that these two have a history.

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I have so many questions, but first thank you for five minutes of amusement! That is close to priceless right now.
Was the crow trying to drive the cat away? It didn’t look like it. They can be vicious if they are defending a nest or something. Was the crow just being an ass? That seems like something a crow would do. Were the cat and the crow actually playing? This is also a real possibility. Literally (well, almost) yanking a tiger’s tail for shits and giggles seems like a bad idea, but the cat doesn’t seem too bothered. Maybe they have played this game before?

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They do that for the pure fun and thrill of it.

I’ve seen crows/ravens (not easy to tell apart from the distance without binoculars) harass kites and buzzards in flight. Sometimes two or more working as a team.

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I think it’s that the bird is playing or teasing. I’ve seen blue jays do similar things and it’s different from their territorial attacks which are blatant. This is just a bored bird teasing the cat. The cat seems to know the bird is there but doesn’t care about it. It’s more interested in the pigeons.

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You have ravens where you live? I’m jealous.

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I’m thinking they have played this game before - the cat is clearly taunting the crow with its tail and pretending not to notice the crow so close. I’ve seen budgies playing with house cats this way.

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I would guess they are old friends and live in the same house.

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This reminds me of my children’s sibling dynamics that I now witness all day every day.

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I misread that as “corvus corone comix”; the underground comics crow.

I’m surprised that the pigeons just seem to be acting as an audience rather than fleeing the cat.

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My neighbour’s late Golden Retriever used to be harassed incessantly by crows. One would peck at the dog to distract her while the other would grab food from her bowl. They would take turns.

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When it comes to budgies sitting on cats I suspect that they have to be old friends because all the merely bold friends are dead.

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De biteful creatures.

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when we do this, it’s called ding-dong ditch.

I love that it’s a feedback loop, too. the bird is annoying the cat, trying to bite the swishing tail, and when cats are annoyed, they swish their tail.

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great strategy to use on trump

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