Called “feathered apes” for their simian like smarts, crows use tools, understand physics, and recognize themselves and humans. But new research suggests that the brainy birds may be even smarter than was previously thought. Given a complex problem and an assortment of tools, New Caledonian crows came up with a creative solution that hints at higher-order thinking.
”This incredible natural phenomenon, as breathtakingly strange and beautiful as the effects of the aurora borealis, is the result of the lake’s high salt content – it is one of many salt flats in France’s delta region where the Rhône meets the sea. Not only has the lake taken on the hue of a strawberry slushie, but an abundance of salt crystal formations (icicle-like in appearance) have also emerged across its surface, attaching themselves to surrounding plants and rocks. The occurrence has been documented in a set of extraordinary images by Russian photgrapher Sam Dobson, who happened to be passing the lake in his car and described its appearance as “something extra-terrestrial.”