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My Crow by Cassandra-Leopardess My Crow by Cassandra-Leopardess
Dorian was a very special crow to me. I never had the chance to show him to people here on DA. He was found abandoned and on the ground by two girls who gave him to a friend of mine. He was just only a few weeks old at the time. My friend is very good at looking after birds, and knew I would be interested I caring for one. But a few days ago something very tragic happened. I don’t want to talk too much about this, but basically he got a fright and hit his head badly. We took him to the Vets that day, they thought he was fine and gave him the medication he needed. But during the night he passed :( me and my family stayed up with him all night looking after him till he went. We all were all so very devastated by it. We never thought such a thing would happen. We had him for 4 months. He was still a baby. We put so much time into raising him and loving him. He may have seemed like just a bird. But he was so much more to me. he touched the hearts of a whole family :heart: only people who are close to me knew of him, and how he was such a character :D who would think that a crow, a dark mysterious looking bird would turn out to be such a bundle of joy and happiness in side. He really brightened my world :) every morning I would wake up to hearing him outside my window as my mother would take him out to play. He did this very cute baby cry noise when he wanted attention (Usually he did this in the morning) He even had words he would say like what “wat” or water when he wanted a drink “waaa waaa” or hello “ello” when he ate something tasty he would say “yummm yumm!” and even when I just talked to him he would always reply to me in a way that sounded like he was really talking back to me. He was so very intelligent too. He knew what beddy time meant, and would hide when my mother said that, knowing she was going to put him in his cage. He never forgot where he hid things, always finding them the very next day. When he pooped I would say “plop plop” because I was trying to potty train him. He would just give me this strange serious look when I said that. When he was cranky his head feathers would puff right up! And he would make this grumbley noise if I talked to him when he was in that kind of mood. And of course he was a very loving bird. Never wanting to be left alone as crows are such social creatures, always needing their parents when they are babies. He really loved it when I brushed him with his soft little brush. He would just relax and close his eyes. Even though I spent so much time with him, my mother spent so much more time caring for him as she was really like his mother to him. My mother always had to wear a dressing gown as Dorian would always poop a lot (why I wanted to try and potty train him) :D He was such a wonderful unique little crow. It really broke my heart when he went. I could not stop feeling such sadness, because I miss him so deeply. I and my mother swore what we would never have another crow as this really broke our hearts loosing him. And crows are just so hard to look after. But after seeing a wild crow come by our house, we realised just how much we really missed the company of a crow. We had a hard long think, and agreed that we would take on another crow if we ever had the opportunity again. Because once you have had a crow in your life, you can never go on with out having one.

In loving memory of Dorian :heart:
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Thought I should just mention something, even though crows can be such wonderfully delightful birds to have, I highly DO NOT recommend them as pets as they are very high maintenance birds, and are hard to raise as babies. You should Only get one as a baby as they need to bond with you from a very early age. Only if you work from home, and have plenty of spare time to look after a crow. Then don’t have one. You should also have had plenty of experience with birds and wild animals as they are nothing like a domestic bird/parrot, but are very wild birds. It may also be illegal in some countries and states to have them as pets. One last thing I should mention, once you hand raise a crow, they can never be released into the wild as they wont know how to survive on their own.
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a wonderful bird,i feel sorry for your lost _/|\_ and i am agree that crows and ravens are not recommended for neophytes. I really would like to live with a raven or crow but i understand it's not for me because outside i am short of space although i would have spare time,i do household works and i have money,they are demaning plus in my country it's illegal to keep ravens and crows without a certificate so my inner dream is to watch these majestic creatures flying in wild. Where i live there are mainly jacdaws,rooks,jays and magpies while in rural areas you can also find hooded crows^^ i love to listen to their calls *_*
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :) Yes crows are such amazing creatures, it was so sad losing Dorian. But I am lucky enough to see plenty of wild ones where I live and my mother currently owns two new crows now that were orphans as babies.
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am happy you can see them,i can see and hear them where i live too. Glad to heat your mother saved two orphans lives :) Unluckly in my country is illegal to keep a crow/raven and help him if you find him injured,you have to call LIPU in order to help the bird :(
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw that's a shame that you cant keep them where you live. Since my mother is a licensed wild bird carer she can keep most wild birds except for predatory birds like owls and hawks as you need a different licence to keep those.
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Rahula87 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You must have a special license,but i think crows,ravens are not for everyone,they are demanding. On the other hand where i live there are many magpies and i love to feed them,especially during winter^^
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MLP-Auctions Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Crows are beautiful birds <3

I have a few pet wild birds, but I always love the crows. They're the smartest and their shyness is just too cute for me to handle <3

I have seven "crows" currently living with me, excluding the magically appearing baby crow eggs *cough Sedra and Mark*

I only has so many because me parents look after them for jobs
But I keep some /)>3<(\

I'll list the ones currently:

Blue - Jackdaw - We got him as a fledgling as he had salmonella and was abandoned, but with medication he got better, but he's super shy and very quiet. Plus he has a silver head so we can tell him apart, he's also the smallest by a fair amount, but he's also greedy and scares our other crows...
Totally not my bae ;w;
He's the only one whose really my companion, the others are just there.


Sedra - Carrion crow - She was tiny when we found her, she was knocked out of her nest or something, but we raised her and she's very self proud... >o<


Mark - Carrion crow  - He makes weird noises every time you let him sit on you, and is constantly alert, he's timid, but he was one of my friends, and she had to give him away to us as she was moving country, and yup. Mark took immediately to Sedra.


Rowena (Such Harry Potter reference) - Carrion crow - She's very big and acts just like a cat. I think she thinks she is one...


Damon - Jackdaw, he's a bit fatter and bigger than Blue.


Rain - He's albino ahhhhh. He was a fledgling somebody brought to us thinking he was abandoned. He wasn't. He sure prefers humans though...


Spots - Magpie - Lil' Bro's companion. Again, like Blue he was abandoned because he had some nasty-ass disease, but apparently bird parents are quick to give up on their children...

Then there are the ones that went to crow heavan... ;-;

Teep, Blue (The first Blue), Dewalt and Cubert.

Bird "rehab" sucks... :I
Bloody cats attacking flightless fledglings...
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow you are so lucky to have to have all of these birds! :D
Crows really are full of so much personality. My mother currently owns two torresian crows that were abandoned as babies. Luna is very much a loner and Wersal just loves attention. My mum also has a rainbow Lorikeet who thinks he is a crow and our chicken thinks she is part of the gang.
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Mamore22 Featured By Owner May 3, 2015
What a beautiful way to preserve Dorians' memory.
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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vanessaskydragon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i want one
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Believe me they make very difficult pets to keep lol.
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vanessaskydragon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i still want one
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Shelter2030 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
P.S.: Check this girl with his crow...
whitecrow-soul.deviantart.com/
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow that's one beautiful raven that she has :D It reminds me of a big wild crow that comes to my house for food :)
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Shelter2030 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
The crow that she has is really cool, she plays with him, make a bath, trating him like a dog! :D
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is very cool :D Dorian use to like paying with toys and hiding them from me. He even copied some words that I said but just very basic ones :)
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Shelter2030 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
:)
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Shelter2030 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I was reading a few days ago about a study that demonstrate that the crows are the smartest birds... they can learn and do some jobs like few other animals (basically: monkeys, dogs, horses and cats)
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes crows are indeed one of the most intelligent animals :D Its very interesting to observe their behaviour but they can be just as much work as a small child due to their high intelligence and need for lots of mental stimulation. They also poop a lot =P One thing I have also noticed is that Torresian crows seem to be naturally much more timid than most other corvids making them even harder to own.
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Shelter2030 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
There are a lot of Crows here in Vienna and sometimes they are really big, like chicken, because they eat a lot. About pooping... well, I have not noticed that. I noticed that pigeons have this bad attitude. The Pigeons are the opposite of the crows: stupid, always going together without any target, and yes... pooping a lot, all together on cars or sidewalks... :chainsaw: :chainsaw: :chainsaw: :chainsaw:
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha yeah pigeons can be so stupid! Luckily I don't get too many of those big fat city pigeons where I live in Australia. I just get some native ones that are quite pretty looking www.google.com.au/search?q=cre… these too www.google.com.au/search?q=cre… . crows aren't to bad with pooping so its really just baby crows that are bad with that. Its like they don't know how to control it =P  
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Shelter2030 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Yeah, they are much more pretty than the europeans but they still have the same stupid expression like "uh, oh, what I'm doing here?!" :D
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahah yeah they do. All pigeons do :lmao:
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SoulSerppent Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful bird
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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skykittypaws37 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww hes so preety or she
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aww thanks he was a pretty crow :D
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skykittypaws37 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
aww he died?
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes sadly he did :(
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skykittypaws37 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i have two birds a finch and crow well they are wild and love me they live in my bird houses out side lol i named the crow Midnight
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww that’s so very cool :) I use to have a pet finch, I also have a wild crow who has become quite tame and will take food from me. Dorian was the only crow I really owned as a pet and hand raised from a young baby.
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skykittypaws37 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i rased Midnight she fell out of my tree
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Its always fun and hard at times raising a baby crow :D
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just perfect. Great story too. Thanks.
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks so very much :)
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DreamOfYou Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Wonderful Photo of such an Amazing Crow :cuddle:
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Cassandra-Leopardess Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
aw thank you darling :huggle::cuddle:
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DreamOfYou Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
you're so welcome baby :cuddle::heart:
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kilroyart Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Magnificent Crow
Oh Sweetie...Holds you so tight :cuddle:
oh He was such a Character indeed =P He will always be missed :huggle:
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WalkerofShadows Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very sorry to hear of your loss.
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JAWolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
*bows humbly* sad to hear... you gave it the best chance at life and the best life it could have given the circumstance...

An amazing creature. An amazing carer.
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Lazy-Soldier Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ive honestly never seen a pet crow before lol
thats amazing! :)
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HammerPhotography Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree, it is amazing :o
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