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Betty the crow may not have invented her hook-bending tool trick

Textbook example of ‘spontaneous’ toolmaking challenged by wild bird studies

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7:05pm, August 9, 2016
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BIRD BENDING  A wild New Caledonian crow has used a hook it made to snag an insect. New studies of twig bending raise questions about an earlier report of a lab bird’s possible toolmaking insight.

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Betty, heralded as a toolmaking prodigy among New Caledonian crows, may not have been such a whiz bird after all. Her apparently spontaneous wire-bending is getting a closer, skeptical look based on new information about what the birds do in the wild.

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