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The Beauty of Nature (and the amazing symbiosis between birds and dogs)

I have to share something with you that I found incredible.

I never cease to be in awe of how G-d takes care of all of His creatures and gives them the wisdom they need to thrive.

What you see here is a short video I filmed this morning in the park of a few ravens gathering fluffy things from the grass. This doesn’t appear unusual, especially in the spring, but the story behind it blew my mind.

It began last week when I took my Labrador Retriever to the park. She is in the process of shedding her winter coat, and most of the time, my stone floors look as if they have been carpeted.

I decided to brush her in the park because it’s much easier to do so when she is standing on a bench.

It was a pretty windy morning, so even though I did my best to gather all of her hair as I brushed her, some inevitably got away and landed in small plumes on the grass.

After a few moments, I began to hear loud squawking as a group of ravens started calling each other from the trees above to set up guard. Once they were ready, a few birds flew down to the grass nearby me and began gathering the plumes of fur.

It was amazing observing how they worked in a group; several birds kept watch from above, and two birds flew down to the grass. One kept guard, and the second gathered the plumes and then flew away, at which time one of the other birds from the trees would fly down to the grass.

They gathered up the plumes fairly quickly…and then they asked me for more. They hopped towards me, looked me in the eye, and then started squawking loudly. It was very clear to me that they were saying to me: “We can see that you are still brushing her, and there is more fur in that bag you have put on the bench; please give it to us!”

I must say I was shocked and amazed at the beauty of nature and how they spotted what they needed and asked for it. So, I took the remaining hair from the bag and put it in a pile on the grass. Moments later, they started sorting through it, gathered it up, and flew away.

Fast forward to this morning. Once again, I attempted to gain some sort of control over the masses of hair accumulating on my floor and decided to revisit my favorite bench with my dog and her brush.

Almost immediately, I heard the familiar squawking from above. And moments later, the same group of ravens set up guard in the trees above, and two birds landed on the grass and “asked me” for some fur.

In the clip, you see them gathering the first bits I set on the grass for them. I was shocked at how they immediately recognized that we had arrived and began fearlessly communicating with us their needs.

I found it to be both beautiful and heartwarming.

In Hebrew, we say “Ma Rabou Masaycha HaShem” – not sure exactly how to translate it accurately…perhaps something like “G-d’s ways are wonderous,”…and they certainly are…

*My apologies; in the midst of my excitement, I forgot to film my dog- so here’s a picture of her with some of her shredded fur in the shape of a heart, representing all of the love she spreads!

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Jacki Edry

Jacki Edry

Jacki Edry is a graduate of Hampshire College and has an extensive background in education, writing, and marketing. She has been exploring the world of autism and neurodiversity for over thirty-five years. 

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