Did Birds Play a Role in Locating Osama bin Laden?
This is just one of those bizarre stories that seems like it could be straight out of the book http://www.kensington-chelsea.com/. (Which is an awesome book and a ridiculously stupid movie)
Liz Jones reports on this site that a University of Washington Wildlife Sciences Professor named John Marzluff was contacted by the United States Government…. to see if crows or ravens in Afghanistan could help find bin Laden.
Apparently, Marzluff’s department was receiving government funding to study crows and teach them facial recognition techniques. And it seems it worked. After a variety of experiments, trained crows would swarm and attack people on the campus wearing masks that indicated them as an enemy.
So successful was the experiment, that years later, the crows still responded to the masks. John Marzluff says, “So, they have a long term memory, very acute discrimination abilities, and if a group of crows knew bin Laden as an enemy, they would certainly indicate his presence when they next saw him.”
Although federal funding was cut off from the program a few years ago, it remains uncertain whether the SEALS received assistance from crows in their search for bin Laden.
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