An unexpected guest has found a new home inside the YVR Airport.
And it’s safe to say that they’re not here for a layover.
Posts on social media dating as far back as several months ago have documented a crow that has made a home for itself within the domestic departures area.
I’ve never seen this, but apparently it’s common to see crows flying inside YVR airport!! pic.twitter.com/lBfQyHgpIR
— Manuel Fonseca (@Manuel555) November 24, 2018
— Antuanette Gomez 🇨🇦 (@ItsAntuanette) January 15, 2019
Has anybody else met the @yvrairport resident crow? Apparently it’s been here a few months now after losing its way. @AirCanada staff have just stopped by to offer it a treat. pic.twitter.com/LEft9tasJu
— Adrian Myszka (@adrian_myszka) January 13, 2019
It’s undetermined whether it’s a single crow or multiple, and it’s difficult to say how long they’ve been in the airport for, but according to YVR staff, it happens more often than you think — they even have a webpage for it.
“As the largest building in BC, with hundreds of doors and windows, birds can make their way inside the terminal from time to time,” reads a section of the YVR Airport website, titled “Birds in the Terminal.” “The birds typically find their way out on their own, however, some opt to say.”
— Shirley Schipper (@shirleyschipper) January 12, 2019
— Davy Chiu (@davychiu) January 6, 2019
Airport staff also explained to Daily Hive that each time a bird is found, a wildlife team ensures that the animal stays out of distress and attempts to safely remove them if necessary.
And while this crow has been more than welcome, staff have gone so far as to cover several pieces of artwork around the airport — a necessary precaution to prevent any damage being done.
“The crow is welcome to enjoy the space during its visit, but its excrement can cause damage to our beautiful artwork, which is why we have employed this protective wrap,” reads a sign put up near one of YVR’s art pieces.
“Please refrain from feeding the crow” Which does beg the question…what does the resident YVR airport crow eat? pic.twitter.com/qVn6FwVnKN
— Stephanie Rieger 🏴🇨🇦🇪🇺🍵 (@stephanierieger) December 13, 2018
YVR Airport also explains that “birds can prove very difficult to remove, especially intelligent birds like crows.”
“This difficulty is compounded by security requirements, making it difficult to provide exits.”
Rest assured, though, as the airport only employs non-lethal measures to safely relocate the birds — thin nets, and cages with water and food are often used.
Fortunately, there aren’t any koi or live animals for the crow to chomp down on — but you might want to keep an eye on your pre-flight snack.
— Kathleen Wong (@mskathleenwong) December 2, 2018