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In Edgar Allen Poe’s, “The Raven,” we meet a stoic raven “once upon a midnight dreary,” whose foreboding repetition of “nevermore” sends a young man into a state of madness. In England at the Tower of London, it is believed that if the ravens who reside on the grounds leave, the kingdom of England will fall. In some Native American tribes, ravens are considered at once creator and trickster, and are present in numerous cultural tales.
All these factors have led us to believe we may have an imprinted raven, meaning the bird had been kept illegally and raised by humans, and has since begun to think of himself as human. We’re guessing whoever had him in captivity called out “hello” to him, and this raven — being the smart fellow he is — is mimicking what he has heard. While the raven’s leg injury prognosis remains to be seen, if the bird is imprinted, we will not be able to release him from captivity. An imprinted bird simply cannot survive in the wild. There is a chance, however, that the bird is instead habituated, meaning that he was initially raised by his own parents and thus imprinted onto them, but then was taken in by humans and got used to living with them. Habituation is reversible. Imprinting is not. We may be able to pair him with another rehabilitator’s wild fledgling raven so that we can better understand if he is imprinted versus habituated — that may be his only hope for a life in the wild.
So when you find an injured or orphaned bird, call your local rehabilitator and let them do the dirty work! Rehabilitators will feed them and provide medical care — you just need to make the call : )
Also, the raven is seen in tattoos of the volunteer staff!!!
Which you will be coming in to show us, Joie??? Yes? Thank you.
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