When they’re not dive-bomb­ing us, crows can be our best friends

Vancouver Magazine - - Cover Story -

A scrappy ur­ban bird wouldn’t be ev­ery­one’s ideal side­kick, but for Van­cou­verite Shawn Bergman, Canuck the Crow is the per­fect feath­ered friend. Each morn­ing, Canuck ar­rives at his front door to es­cort him to the bus stop; on week­ends and evenings, you’ll nd him fol­low­ing Bergman around, rid­ing in his car or perch­ing on his shoul­der as they ex­plore the city to­gether. It’s es­sen­tially an East Van ver­sion of a Dis­ney movie and it is no sur­prise that Canuck’s be­come a lo­cal hero.

The crow rst came to the at­ten­tion of the world when he stole a knife from a crime scene. His klep­to­ma­nia hasn’t been curbed since his rise to fame—he’s snatched com­puter keys from the PNE, fries from McDon­ald’s—but now he’s star­ring in Canuck and I, his own doc­u­men­tary about his un­usual friend­ship with Bergman. Fame re­ally does open doors.

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