Beloved Vancouver bird Canuck the Crow was struck on the head and knocked unconscious in an unprovoked attack at a children’s soccer tournament Saturday.
Shawn Bergman, who calls Canuck his “best friend,” wasn’t at the game, but said a witness told him parents and children “screamed in terror” when the man whacked the bird on the head with a flagpole.
Bergman set out on a frantic search for the crow after getting a call from the SPCA after the incident Saturday. Bergman found Canuck, dazed and listless, perched on the balcony railing of a home near the park. “He looked like he didn’t know where he was,” said Bergman. “He didn’t struggle when I picked him up, which is not like him.”
“The bird is not well,” said veterinarian Anne McDonald, who is treating Canuck at the Night Owl Bird hospital. McDonald said she has treated Canuck for pain and inflammation, and although there are no signs of a skull fracture, she is keeping him for observation.
Bergman wants to see animal-cruelty charges laid.
Canuck, who has 38,000 followers on social media, became an international celebrity after Bergman started posting his antics on the Facebook page, Canuck and I. Canuck was taken in by the child of Bergman’s East Vancouver landlord after being abandoned as a nestling.