This Is How Birds Say 'Thank You' To The Girl Who Feeds Them Every Day
Eight-year-old Gabi Mann has a soft spot for the crows in her neighborhood. And her feathered friends are showing their appreciation - in the most crow-like way possible.
Since she was 4 years old, Gabi has been feeding the neighborhood birds. In the beginning, she dropped pieces of her packed lunch on the sidewalk on her way to the school bus, where crows gobbled the bits up quickly.
Then, every morning, the crows started waiting at Gabi's bus stop.
Now, Gabi takes a more methodical approach. Every day, she fills her backyard birdbath with water, scatters peanuts on bird-sized feeding platforms and tosses dog food into the grass.
Not everyone is happy about Gabi's kind endeavor: In fact, she's ruffled a few neighborhood feathers. Gabi's parents even faced a $200,000 lawsuit alleging they were running an illegal "large-scale feeding operation." (The Manns did not immediately respond to a request for comment.)
Meanwhile, the birds, who have no knowledge of human judicial systems, continue to feast happily.
This behavior, while strikingly cute, isn't all that surprising: Crows are noted, albeit picky, gift-givers. "If you want to form a bond with a crow, be consistent in rewarding them," John Marzluff, a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington, told the BBC.
"There's definitely a two-way communication going on there," he added. "[Gabi and the crows] understand each other's signals."
Gabi treasures her little gifts: She keeps them organized by date and her favorite tokens (which are constantly rotating) rest in their own special containers.
What a caw-some friendship.