Smart Seagull Plays Shell Game And Wins Every Time
We all know the three cup shell game, in which three inverted cups are moved about and contestants - in this case a very smart seagull - must spot which is the one with the delicious treat underneath. You definitely won't want to miss this! This seagull is no dummy though, dominating every round and reaping the rewards! Maybe the bird is just a compulsive gambler…hmm. Let’s see what happens. Don't think you can win. These crooks are fast and do this a hundred times a day – you'll never win. The shell game has existed since at least the 90s, all over the world, but people still lose money over it. Scammers set up on street sidewalks, especially in high tourist areas. The game requires three shells (lids, bottle caps, plastic cups, etc), and a small object, usually a soft round ball, about the size of a pea. It can be played on any flat surface.
First, the seagull is presented with three identical plastic cups. Then, he is presented with his treat. The man places the treat beneath the first cup and shuffles all three three times. The birds doesn’t even stop to think for a second. Instead, he just goes to the cup in the middle, flips it over and voila - there is his reward, which he gulps down right away. Let’s try that again. The man shows the bird his cups again, then places the treat beneath the middle cup this time and shuffles again.
Like a charm, the seagull waits until the human steps back so that he may get his treat once again. Well color us impressed. Mr. Gull! This bird isn’t the only one with the incredible ability to follow his treat! Fudge the German Shepherd is also a master at the shell game! Watch as his owner shows him the treat, then places it under the first cup and does a very quick shuffle on the floor. For a moment there even we lost its, but not clever Fudge! Good boy!
Seagulls are interesting birds, they learn, remember and even pass on behaviors, such as stamping their feet in a group to imitate rainfall and trick earthworms in to coming to the surface.Their intelligence is clearly demonstrated by a range of different feeding behaviors, such as dropping hard-shelled mollusks onto rocks so that they break open so they can eat them, and following ploughs in fields where they know upturned grubs and other food sources will be plentiful. Gulls are intelligent, curious birds that may play games, steal prey from other birds, harass other animals, and even take advantage of humans by stealing from picnic areas. These are adaptable birds that can adjust to different circumstances, always working to turn the tide in their favor
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