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Vancouver B.C.  March 26, 2017 Getting special care-- Canuck the Crow with Shawn Bergman (left) who has become close the bird.  The wild crow Canuck was knocked unconscious at a soccer game at Adanac park by a fan with an umbrella.  (Bergman's video about the incident has gone viral in  Vancouver on  March 26, 2017     Mark van Manen PNG Staff  photographer   see Denise Ryan   News   Vancouver Sun/Province Feature  stories  and Web.  00048454A   [PNG Merlin Archive]

Canuck the Crow with Shawn Bergman, who has become close to the bird. MARK VAN MANEN / PNG


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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. 

Dr. Anne McDonald examines the injured Canuck the Crow with Shawn Bergman, who has become close to the bird.MARK VAN MANEN / PNG

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.

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