Viral sensation: Talking crows in Knaresborough set the tongues wagging

Knaresborough Castle may have a long and distinguished royal history but it's crows which have put it on the social media map recently.

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It seems the intimidating-looking black birds which lurk round its fantastic ruins are very skilled mimics - and some of them at Knaresborough's popular tourist spot have taken to copying what visitors are saying.

Two visitors, Mark and Lisa Brooks, have made a short video clip of one particular bird chatting which has made a huge impact.

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Since Lisa posted the video of her visit to Knaresborough on Facebook, it has been seen almost one million times.

The clip shows the crow saying “Y’alright love?” in a perfect Yorkshire accent.

It's clearly no one-off incident. A Harrogate Advertiser reader has sent us this clip of another bird talking at Knaresborough Castle.

Visitors have been stunned by the talking crow at Knaresborough Castle.

Visitors have been stunned by the talking crow at Knaresborough Castle.

Be advised, some crows - and ravens - have been known to swear, so be careful what you say around them if you're visiting!