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A University of Colorado scientist has claimed that magpies hold "funerals" for fallen friends, demonstrating that they're all a lot more touchy-feely than they might appear. Dr Marc Bekoff observed four magpies alongside a fallen comrade, and recounted: "One approached the corpse, gently pecked at it, just as an elephant would …

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By contrast

It's encouraging (and unusual) to hear such reasoned and intelligent debate in the comments. Whatever the mechanism behind this behaviour, it's nice to see a member of the animal kingdom behaving with apparent dignity towards a fallen kind.

Mankind, being by far a superior creature, has evolved to piss on the dead and dying as they lie on pavements and in shop doorways.

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"In the name of the Feather, the Sun and the Holy Crows"

Also, would dead crows be Murder victims?

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