Ravens are one of the most intelligent of creatures on Earth. Scientific studies have been done on them and proven this.

So it is not too surprising that a wounded raven would be intelligent and trusting enough to approach some people that he thought would be able to help him.

This was exactly the case when a young raven fledgling visited Gertie Cleary's Nova Scotia home last month. The raven had just borne the brunt of a porcupine attack, and was clearly reaching out to Gertie for help in extracting the painful quills that were attached to its face.

Her daughter was there also at the time and caught the amazing incident on camera and then uploaded it to YouTube. According to the Clearys, the bird, which the family named Wilfred, stuck around for a day after the "operation" before flying away completely.

Hope for Wildlife director Hope Swinimer commended Gertie Cleary on her actions, adding that Wilfred the raven would not have survived without her help. Gertie Cleary compared the experience to helping a child with a splinter. " When you pull a splinter out, they holler and screech and pull their hand away," she said.

Watch the amazing video below of Gertie removing the quills from Wilfred's face.

Responses to "A wounded Raven approaches humans for help in removing painful quills after a Porcupine attack"

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think it is wonderful that you were willing to help that poor bird! We humans and animals really do have a connection! Good job! Deb from Wyoming

  2. Anonymous says:

    Nice job <3

  3. teresa says:

    Love the Raven. Ty

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow. How amazing. You have made a friend for
    For life. Cathy McEachren of Albuquerque, N.M..

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wow. How amazing. You have made a friend for
    For life. Cathy McEachren of Albuquerque, N.M..

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow. How amazing. You have made a friend for
    For life. Cathy McEachren of Albuquerque, N.M..

  7. Anonymous says:

    How wonderful there was trust between both. Makes the soul feel good:)

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  9. Elizabeth says:

    The raven must have been born nearby and knew you were not threatening ... there was a study on crows a few years ago and they were discovered to be able to recognize people and pass the info on to their young as to who to steer clear of ... very intelligent birds .... well done ... Wilfred is sure to return and remember your kindness.

  10. Unknown says:

    Well done, I'm sure he's thankful!

  11. Anonymous says:

    this is wonderful, poor baby must have been in pain. Thank you to those who helped may you be blessed.

  12. Anonymous says:

    It was so nice to know that there still people out there that care enough to lend a helping hand to an injured animal. There should be more like you.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Awesome bird and loving people. I am so happy you two met. Love sent and peace surround. <3

  14. Anonymous says:

    How amazing that a lovely Raven such as himself was able to sense that these wonderful people had compassion and understanding for his plight!! :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Good job, love it ...

  16. Anonymous says:

    That raven has more sense than a heavily porcupined dog in obvious pain who did not know me and who kept moving away as I tried to catch him to cut the quills. My own wolfdogs were porcupined on several occasions. They did come to me for help, but where the crow crowed, they made me watch my fingers as I tried to cut the quills. BTW, pulling out porcupine quills is not only painful, because of the barbs, but damages further the tissue, increasing the risk of infection. Best to cut the quills as short as possible so they do not get in the way or get knocked (which is painful). The stubs will be naturally rejected in due course by the healing process.

  17. pilvikki says:

    loved it!

  18. Sandy says:

    ...it's amaizng how smart some two leggeds are. wow!

  19. Anonymous says:

    Amazing! Scary also, I don't know if I would have had the courage this woman had...

  20. Thanks for the info Just know that we are meant to have a realionship with all the animals/birds We are all blessed with the breath of life that comes from the Creator(so I believe) How people can be cruel to them is beyond me. I feel such an affinity with all espe4cailly birds & have many wild birds in my lfe A butcher bird who comes with me when I go creek walking on the farm Has been with me for 8 years. Bless you for caring Gertie.
    Barbara in Australia

  21. Anonymous says:

    thank you for helping the Raven, he was so trusting.

  22. Fili says:

    That was amazing !! Thank you for helping that poor raven.

  23. They sure are smart! Of course a horse women would help!

  24. Unknown says:

    Crows, as known in Malaysia is often a spirited naughty bird. But they seems to be able to read your mind telepathically. Many a times when you find them a nuisance just softly whisper 'go away' they will do just that. But very often they are targets for shot guns bearers coz of the ruckus they sometimes create. But must appreciate them for their intelligence.

  25. Ravenous applaud to you. Well done :-)

  26. Anonymous says:

    "Thanks for helping...

  27. Anonymous says:

    God Bless you for helping this poor bird.

  28. Tanja says:

    Wow. How beautiful. I love birds so much. I often feed pigeons. I know them by now and I realized that they have a very good communication going on between them. They seem to telepathically communicate my face, because pigeos approach me that I have never seen before and also new generations of pigeons, that have never seen me before. It's amazing. Creation is wonderful. FULL of wonders.

  29. Anonymous says:

    They have phenomenal intelegence and memory. You have made a friend for life. He will always remember your face and your kind gesture. Luckily he will also remember the bad experience with the porcupine and won't let that happen again.

  30. Amazing, He let her take them out. thank you

  31. John says:

    Bird Brains Eh ? I know a few humans who could use some of this raven's ....

  32. Anonymous says:

    I used to have a Crow who fell from the nest and he recognized our car, followed my 3 year old daughter around and I always knew where she was because "Stretch" as we called him because while healing he would perch and do a kind of bob and stretch movement was always right by her side... the neighbors loved it and where ever and what ever my daughter was doing he would be right there.... I would also say too that you have made a friend for life....

  33. Anonymous says:

    Have watched this video several times on various sites. Wonderful to see the interaction between the Raven and the caring people. Excellent, 'feel good' rescue! :)

  34. Yes, very cool. But...I doubt if the porcupine attacked the raven.

  35. Wow, how beautiful.

  36. Now how exactly did a porcupine 'attack' a raven?

  37. Unknown says:

    You really made my day saving the Raven! Bless you.

  38. Morgana says:

    What a divine scene, humans helping a poor bird, so amazing a scene, so amazingly clever a bird, and so sweet and calming voices of these sweet people, I owe you a huge thank you, God bless you and keep you safe. By the way, what a paradise you have to live, so wild animals come to you threshold even for help. xxxxxxxxxxxxoxoxoxoxo.

  39. Wonderful rescue of this young crow. You did a marvelous job! Thank you from all us humans.

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