Knoxville Zoo's famous crow, Edgar, dies

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) It's not often in the news business you write an obituary for a crow. But in Edgar's case, it's different.

We've done stories on him throughout the years here at WVLT-TV, but unfortunately this will be the last.

Just a few weeks after losing their popular gorilla, BiBi, the Knoxville Zoo announced this morning the death of Edgar.

Edgar was a crow, but not just any crow.

If you've been to the zoo, you knew who Edgar was.

Edgar came to the Knoxville Zoo in 1998 from Cincinnati, to be part of the Bird Show.

He was an American Crow, and according to the zoo's release, American Crow are considered to be among the most intelligent birds in the world.

If you've seen the bird show at the zoo, you know Edgar. he was the crow that would fly out into the audience and take a donation out of an audience member's hand and then return it to a collection bucket.

Edgar’s collected over $8,900 from visitors for the Foothills Land Conservancy and Knoxville Zoo’s bog turtle and songbird projects, according to the news release.

Edgar was also a star of the silver screen. He made his acting debut in "Walk the Line" in 2005. The movie, which showcased the life of Johnny Cash, won numerous awards. Edgar flew into a butt can at the beginning of the film, sifted through the contents, then flew off screen.

Edgar died of deteriorating health, according to the zoo's release. His age was not given.


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