Canuck the Crow is a free bird again.
He was released from the Night Owl Bird Hospital in Kitsilano on Tuesday morning, brought home by his buddy Shawn Bergman and set free in his east Vancouver neighbourhood.
“It looks like he’s going to be all right,” Bergman said. “It’s good he’s back in the neighbourhood, back in the swing of things. It’s nice to see him doing a lot of the things he did before.”
Understandably, after being attacked by a soccer dad with a flagpole on March 25 and knocked cold, Canuck seems a little less trusting of strangers, Bergman added.
He captured the homecoming on video and posted it on the wildly popular Facebook page Canuck and I (@thecrowandI).
When Bergman opened the travel box and Canuck emerged, to “reclaim his kingdom” as Bergman put it, the bird took a few steps, assayed his familiar surroundings in Bergman’s backyard and looked for food.
Canuck spends nights at a rookery, but is chummy with Bergman and other humans, and thinks nothing of hopping up to strangers to try to steal their lunch.
If that doesn’t work, Canuck will settle for keys, a gas cap, almost anything shiny he can snatch and still be able to fly.
The creature most affected by Canuck’s hospital stay, Bergman said, was his crow friend Cassiar.
She was “worried sick” about Canuck, he said, and he couldn’t explain to her what was going on.
Cassiar would land on the railing by his door in the morning and squawk at Bergman. The only other time she behaved like that, he said, was when Canuck took an impromptu trip to Whistler in November without informing Cassiar.
Bergman found out about the trip after someone contacted him about Canuck, easily identified by the orange zip tie around his left leg, being spotted at the resort village.
“He stole a pipe from someone,” Bergman said.
People all over the world follow Canuck’s antics on social media.
“One thing that caught me off-guard was when Antarctica checked in,” Bergman said. “I couldn’t believe it, this crow is known on all seven continents.”
One of Canuck’s 45,000-plus Facebook friends, upon seeing the posting of Canuck’s release, wrote, “Lol he will share with Cassiar his stories of hotel life with mealworm bedtime snacks, turndown service, 5-star vet care.”