A Profane Crow Made Friends at an Elementary School Before Being Expelled

It’s not uncommon for classrooms to have animal visitors, from someone’s adorable dog to reptiles that can provide a science lesson or two. It’s less common for a class to be befriended by a foul-mouthed crow, but it happened. A crow became the latest transfer student to Allen Dale Elementary School in Grants Pass, Oregon, in November. The bird seemingly materialized out of nowhere and took a particular interest in a 5th-grade class, which marveled at its vocabulary. The bird could utter phrases like “What’s up?” and “I’m fine.” As it turned out, the bird had a name — Cosmo — and an adoptive home at a farm owned by animal rescuer JaNeal Shattuck. While the family was gone for Thanksgiving, they said a neighbor captured the bird and took him to a local animal sanctuary. The sanctuary, not realizing he was habituated to humans, released him and he made his way to the elementary school. The avian academic charmed the children but was not without some behavioral issues — namely, that it cussed like dialogue had been written for it by Quentin Tarantino. The bird’s presence was enough of a distraction that school officials needed it removed, which eventually fell to a wildlife officer with the Oregon State Police. Cosmo eluded attempts at capture before Shattuck was notified of Cosmo’s location. He was lured away and back to his farm environment by the promise of sardines.