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Magpie Helps Hedgehog Cross The Street

Magpie Helps Hedgehog Cross The Street
Magpie Helps Hedgehog Cross The Street. Image by Daily Dose Of Internet via YouTube

Did you need something to brighten your day? Well, here we have a magpie helping a helpless hedgehog cross a busy street. This video also makes us question how intelligent magpies are. Join us as we witness this amazing footage and explore the magpies intelligence.

Dashcam Footage

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Luckily the driver had a dashcam. I’m not sure anyone would believe them otherwise.

Just a Little Nudge

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The crow clearly knew how much danger the hedgehog was in on the middle of the road. The crow nudged the hedgehog along, to get them to the other side.

Why Did the Hedgehog Cross the Road?

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Apparently, because the crow told him to.

Safely Across

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Thanks to the crow, the hedgehog safely made it across the road and out of harm’s way.

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Magpie helps Hedgehog cross the street. Source: YouTube, Uploaded: Daily Dose of Internet

Increased Mortality Rates

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Hedgehog. Image by Sierra Narvaeth via Unsplash

Busy roads pose a significant danger to animals like hedgehogs due to the high risk of being struck by vehicles. Hedgehogs often wander onto roads while foraging or during their nightly activities, and their slow-moving nature makes it difficult for them to avoid oncoming traffic, leading to frequent fatalities.

Habitat Fragmentation

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Hedgehog. Image by Marlowe Weingart via Unsplash

Roads also contribute to habitat fragmentation, isolating animal populations and limiting their access to essential resources like food and mates. For hedgehogs, crossing roads to reach different parts of their habitat becomes perilous, reducing their genetic diversity and overall population health due to the barriers imposed by busy roadways.

Magpie Intelligence

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Magpie sitting on a branch. Image via https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19400996

Magpies have amazing cognitive abilities. They show advanced problem-solving skills, tool usage, and even self-recognition in mirrors! Their intelligence reflects some primates, showcasing an example of avian cognition.

Emotional Intelligence of Magpies

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Magpie in flight. Image via Depositphotos

Magpies show complex social behaviors. They form strong bonds within their groups. Often displaying empathy towards members in distress. This tells us they have a level of emotional intelligence that extends beyond their instinct. It strengthens their interactions and relationships.

The Cognitive of Magpies

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Magpie on grass. Image via Deposit Photos

Magpies have incredible memory capabilities. This allows them to recall the locations of thousands of food caches over large areas. Their cognitive prowess makes it possible for them to adapt to changing environments, solve novel problems, and live in diverse ecosystems. It also highlights the level of avian intelligence.

The Heart of the Magpie

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Magpie, Pica pica, single bird in flight. Image via Deposit Photos

Magpies participate in courtship rituals, vocalizations, and displays to communicate with potential mates and reinforce social bonds within their groups. Their ability to perceive and respond to emotional cues shows a sophisticated level of emotional intelligence that contributes to their cohesive societies.

Wrapping Up

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Hedgehog in the garden. Image Via Unsplash.

After witnessing this act of kindness between animals, it should make us second guess how we are treating strangers today, and all the time! A short read but a good lesson learnt!

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John

Saturday 23rd of March 2024

I had a magpie well 2 magpies they did some amazing things ever se one fly through the house with lite cigarette in her mouth drink Dr pepper all kinds of crazy stuff if we couldn't find something go look in the flower pots they would stash Thier booty

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