Meet Canuck the crow. According to Canuck’s bio on his Facebook fan page, in which he is indeed listed as a “public figure,” he was found in 2015 as a hatchling who fell from his nest. After being rehabilitated, Canuck was eventually released back into the wild when he became old enough to fly. However, at that point, he was all but domesticated and became something of a local celebrity in his Vancouver neighborhood; identified by the orange zip tie around his leg.
Earlier this week, Canuck made headlines for a different reason, however, when Vancouver police were called about a report of a car engulfed in flames. When officers arrived at the scene, they found a man waving a knife, at which point shots were fired. (The man was later arrested and taken to the hospital where he remains in stable condition.)
Somehow, in the ensuing melee, Canuck — who can be seen above holding a knife, as he is apparently wont to do — made off with the crime scene evidence, which resulted in the most Canadian chase scene ever.
Vancouver Courier reporter Mike Howell said he saw the bird — which had a red tag on its leg as does Canuck — swoop in and pick up an object from inside an area cordoned off by police tape.
“A cop chased it for about 15 to 20 feet, and then the crow dropped it and took off,” Howell told CBC.
“It was really strange. In my 20-plus years reporting from crime scenes, I’ve never seen anything like that crow trying to take a knife.”
Eventually police were able to recover the knife, but not to be outdone, Canuck was later seen sitting on the roof of the burned out car and “trying to get into a camera operator’s gear.”
This is not the first time Canuck has been in trouble. Last year the mischievous crow attacked a cyclist, and was later interviewed by the CBC’s Dan Burritt about the incident.