Raven With A Face Full of Porcupine Quills Is Rescued By Humans (Video)

After cawing from its perch on a fence for more than an hour, a raven in Nova Scotia finally got some much needed attention. The family on whose fence it sat came out to investigate why it was causing so much racket. Turns out, it was because it had several porcupine quills lodged in its face.

Amazingly, the raven sat there while a woman plucked the quills from its face. It even allowed her to pet it a bit between plucks. Ravens and crows are incredibly smart birds, and they have a long and complicated relationship with humans. Perhaps it would not be stretching science too far to say that there’s a chance this raven knew it’d get the help it needed if it made enough of a ruckus. Of course, perhaps not. It could also have been not too keen to fly thanks to the fourth quill lodged in its wing. Either way, it’s a video that shows the kinder side of the human spirit when it comes to these brilliant birds.

Hat tip: Huffington Post

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Rebecca G.
Rebecca G.2 years ago

Wonderful story. People don't give animals enough credit, this bird knew he needed help and that this kind lady would give it to him. Kudos to her for not being afraid and doing the right thing. There should be more people like her in this world.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Elise Swansborough

I love this and gave me a much needed little smile after getting particularly down and agitated abut various causes/outrages today (another normal day for me then!)
Really love the way this bird obviously knows the people can help so stays there.
I particularly love the whole corvid family, just incredible birds.

Estelle S.
Estelle S.2 years ago


Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harper2 years ago


Edgar Zuim
Edgar Zuim2 years ago

So lovely...

Charlene Rush
Charlene Rush2 years ago

It must be quite frustrating to attempt the quill extraction, when you know, but he/she doesn't, that you are only trying to help.

Kanako Ishiyama
Kanako I.2 years ago

bravo to that lady. crows can remember being helped by humans. My mother helped a crow from being bitten by a cat. since then, each time she works in the field, the crow comes to greet her near-by.

Lynne B.
Lynne B.2 years ago

Ouch, thanks, stroke. ouch, thanks, stroke.
Bird and human working together. Wonderful.

Susan B.
susan B.2 years ago

What a great film! I love watching how the raven depended on the human for help. The bummer is that when I say raven I think of the team that took the superbowl last year. Bummer.