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  • Archie is a juvenile Jackdaw we came across today in a prehistoric/roman theme park. He couldn't fly and he was hungry so we adopted him and fed him some big and fat earthworms. The kids love him and so do I. A Jackdaw is smart and funny. We come from families where it is good habit to take care of injured animals found in the wild. So ducks, squirrels, crows, cats and dogs have been part of the family for ages.
    But the Jackdaw is no ordinary bird. They live in large social complex flocks and hierarchic structures. This is something they should be part of from the start. Being among humans is only fun for the humans. When they are young there is no big problem, but as they grow up they will develop some less lovely behaviour, like picking eyes, steeling jewellery, breaking stuff and fighting pets or children. Once you set free a Jackdaw that wasn't grown up amongst it's own species it will have no chance of survival in the wild. Other Jackdaws won't accept it in their flocks. So on it's own and with no survival skills it won't last very long.

    Apart from that, in our country the bird is protected, so it is against the law to keep it.

    So even though we love this little black feathered creature we have to let him go. Tomorrow will will take it to the bird shelter and leave him with a large group of over fifty younger Jackdaws. And for all of us today will be a valuable lesson, we learned more about this wonderful bird and more about our altruistic selves.
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