The common raven is a super smart bird that has been the subject of story, poem, and song for thousands of years. They have one of the largest brains in the bird family and have shown themselves to be adept at problem solving and mimicry. They make tools and toys out of things like twigs and they have been observed engaging in play with wolves and dogs.

It may have been this playful spirit that drove one particular raven to take a peck or two at a porcupine. However it happened, the poor raven flew away with a few quills stuck in its neck and wing. It landed on a fence and cawwed away for an hour before it was approached by a mother and daughter. Then this happened.

+1 for humanity!

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Watch: Wild raven allows women to pull porcupine quills from its neck
Quoth the Raven "Please pull these quills from my neck". See what happens when an injured bird turns to people for a little help.