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Your morning adorable: Dog and bird play ball

May 10, 2010 | 11:55 am

We were astounded when we first saw YouTube user MASSEUR1956's video proof of the camaraderie between a clever raven and a patient dog.

We knew that members of the corvid family (which includes crows, ravens, rooks, magpies, jackdaws and other similar birds) are often extremely intelligent with impressive problem-solving abilities and reasoning skills. But we did not know they enjoyed interspecies animal friendships, nor did we know they had a penchant for playing sports!

These two unlikely friends can also be seen sharing a meal or just hanging out together on MASSEUR1956's channel. One video even shows the raven -- for reasons unclear to us but, we suspect, incredibly obvious to a fellow bird -- plucking the fur from a wire slicker brush as his canine pal is groomed. Perhaps most oddly charming of all is a video that shows the dog gently licking his raven pal. (That's an "awww" and an "ewww" moment all rolled up in one.)

Rooks show there may be some truth to Aesop's fable 'The Crow and the Pitcher'
Crows and magpies show researchers their smarts

-- Lindsay Barnett

Video: MASSEUR1956 via YouTube

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