Canuck the crow definitely isn’t your average bird.
You could say he’s somewhat of a staple in the Vancouver area. Unlike your average feathered friends, he has his own Facebook page, he’s been interviewed by the CBC and he was even videotaped riding the SkyTrain back in 2015. Now ol’ Canuck is being hunted for a reason that has nothing to do with his adorable antics: Vancouver Police believe the bird may have stolen evidence from a crime scene.
The incident has some pretty dark roots, so bear with us. It all started after officers were forced to shoot a suspect following a standoff at Hastings and Cassiar streets. After the man was taken to hospital, police noticed a crow swoop into the crime scene cordoned off by tape and make off with what they believed was the knife the culprit had been holding.
It might sound unlikely, but the CBC later confirmed that officers did in fact chase a bird to get the evidence back.
“It was really strange. In my 20-plus years reporting from crime scenes, I’ve never seen anything like that crow trying to take a knife,” Vancouver Courier reporter Mike Howell told the public broadcaster.
Whether or not the bird in question was in fact Canuck remains to be seen, but there’s certainly a lot of evidence that points to him.
For one–coincidentally–the Facebook account dedicated to Canuck includes a profile picture of him holding a knife in his beak. So there’s that. But the bird has also been known to act outside of the law. He was accused of attacking a cyclist last year, and he’s had previous encounters with the cops before.
“Well, it was bound to happen. Canuck had a run-in with the Vancouver Police Department,” it reads on his Facebook page. “After beating up the keyboard and checking to see if there were any warrants out for him, Canuck made his way out of the cruiser. However, not before trying to steal a police officer’s bagel, mess with the walkie talkie, and step on one of the siren switches.”
Total badass, amirite?
We might not ever know if Canuck was the mastermind behind the evidence-swiping scheme. But crows do tend to be attracted to shiny objects, which might explain why one would attempt to grab a knife.
Certainly gives new meaning to the term “a murder of crows”, doesn’t it?