Dog vs. Raven. The ultimate battle of scavengers who just want to watch the world burn. Who do you think got the upper-hand in the end? The raven or the dog? Comment & let me know!
In addition to working with canines, I also have done a lot of work with corvids. This is one I'm working with now. If she looks a little funny to you, it's because she is an African White Naped Raven (also called White Necked).
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This is her first time being introduced to Starfish Prime or any dog without the barrier of her enclosure between them. I am not using any protection such as a muzzle or any containment. I did not slowly acclimatized them. I simply put them in the room together and observed their behavior toward one another. Calm, but ready to step in.
This is the first few minutes of their meeting. I have a few more videos from their introduction I'll upload. Ravens are awesome. They are more or less wolves with feathers.
Expect to see much more of her as I plan this winter to start working on training her to be manned. Not by using conventional falconry techniques, however (as I find some of them to be cruel), but to sit on a glove and wear a jesse. This will allow me to take her out into public for educational purposes. I am sure she will be a huge hit at schools if her temperament is right for it.
My ultimate goal with her would be to allow her to free fly as you would in falconry and have her return. But that is not commonly done with corvids-- intelligent manipulative who have a slower metabolism and do not feel obligated to return back to their 'handler' after a flight due to this and many other reasons. Falcons and hawks literally need to eat. But this raven and other corvids are too smart for that.
Have a bird? Let him fly!:
All birds are wild animals and this raven is not domesticated just because she is in the hands of humans. I do not believe it is right to keep birds in cages and not offer them flight.
Whether you do this in your home with a lovebird or you have a large aviary for your cockatiels.
All birds should be allowed the choice of flight. It is their instinct and to deny them of it is cruel.
Flying around a home is great, an aviary large enough to allow flight is great, being able to release and recall in the sky would be best-- but spending time with your bird in a human way does not make up for your bird's overwhelming drive to be able to use the wings that nature provided.
If you can't allow your bird free flight, please stick to penguins and ostriches. It is simply obvious that all birds capable of flight should be able to. Sorry, penguins.
And Emus? You guys have little arms with claws under your wings, what's up with that? You're not a dinosaur or something... are you? ;)