Father-of-two, 37, who befriended a crow fears he is dead after the thieving bird he called Craig got addicted to his CIGARETTES
- Pete Cratt came across the bird last year on his housing estate in Bexhill, East Sussex
- The 37-year-old said the crow, nicknamed Craig, had a habit of pinching his cigarettes
- Craig started swooping down on Mr Cratt every time he stopped for a smoke
- The bird would sit on people’s shoulders and get under the shovel of Mr. Cratt
- The tobacco-hungry avian is feared dead, having not been seen since October
A crow who developed a love for cigarettes is thought to have died after befriending a Sussex father-of-two and developing a taste for his tobacco.
Pete Cratt, 37, from Bexhill, East Sussex, encountered the remarkable bird on his housing estate last year, reports The Sun.
The bird proceeded to steal Mr. Cratt’s cigarettes and even brought fag butts back to the gardener, apparently growing addicted to the taste of Amber Leaf tobacco.
Mr Cratt said: ‘It first landed on my back as I was digging in the garden and continued to go under the shovel.
“From then on, he constantly followed me everywhere, never leaving me alone.
The crow, named Craig, developed a fondness for stealing Pete Cratt’s cigarettes after the two met at his housing estate in Bexhill, East Sussex
The bird followed the 37-year-old around the housing estate, getting under his shovel and swooping down on him every time he stopped for a fag break and stole his Amber Leaf tobacco rollies.
“One day I rolled a cigarette and she broke it. I offered her a light and he seemed to nod.
“After that, if I came out the back to smoke, he would rush over to me and try to grab the cigarette.”
Mr Cratt’s daughter Phoebe, seven, and son Austin, five, were also lucky enough to meet the chain-smoking crow.
The bird would sit on the children’s shoulders and let them feed it, Mr Cratt said.
However, it has been six months since Mr Crat and his children laid eyes on Craig the Smoking Crow, with the bird not having returned since October.
Mr Cratt said: ‘We don’t know what happened, but maybe the cigarettes did it.
Pete Cratt has ‘stamped’ a collection of 6,013 NFTs – digital artworks he plans to sell on the internet – inspired by his encounter with the avian chain smoker
In a bizarre twist, Mr Cratt said he planned to use the money from the sale of his crow-inspired artwork to fund “the UK’s best BDSM venue”.
Left with nothing but memories and photographs, Mr. Cratt created an art project dedicated to Craig.
A collection of 6,013 hand-drawn and digitally designed images of Craig the Crow are for sale on Mr. Cratt’s website as NFT.