Betty the crow has shown scientists that crows are smarter than many people think. From USA TODAY, Crows exceed expected intelligence levels. From AP via sfgate.com, Tool-making crow impresses scientists.
The respected journal Science has the original research paper. You have to register to read their story. However, you may view the quicktime movie without registering. In the movie you can see Betty trying to use a straight wire. After many tries she bends the wire.
(Miss Hoppy is very afraid of crows.)