This evening whilst taking a break from writing – and whilst K.F. Goodacre cooked me a delicious meal of mediterranean chicken and honeyed banana for dessert – I sat down to watch one of my absolute favourite shows, BBC Two’s World’s Weirdest Events (formally known as Nature’s Weirdest Events). The series basically does what it says on the tin and uses science to explore incredibly weird and often flesh-crawling phenomena that occur in the natural world, such as starfishes tearing off their own limbs, giant flowers that bloom once every ten years and smell like corpses, toads whose offspring hatch beneath their skin… and gift-giving crows.
This latter segment was of particular interest to me, as one of the main characters in one of my works in progress, Salt – who goes by the name of Saline – has a complicated relationship with the Crow; a big black bird with questionable motives who nonetheless serves as her guardian and fierce protector.*
I’d never heard of this phenomenon before, so I’m definitely going to try and find a way to weave it into my story!
The segment of the show is available to view via BBC Two’s YouTube page here:
If you get a chance to watch the full episode, do. I highly recommend it if you’re a fan of the freaky, eerie, esoteric weird like me!
*Incidentally, the characters of Saline and the Crow were originally inspired (with permission from the artist) by a song called Saline The Salt Lake Queen by Rasputina.
World’s Weirdest Events official page:
Melora Creager of Rasputina’s official page:
There’s also a good article on the phenomena of gift-giving crows from Psychology today here: