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Russell Crowe comes to the rescue for his crow namesake

Birds of a feather flock together, as they say.

Russell Crowe has saved the day for his plumed namesake: a crow named Russell.

The 58-year-old Oscar winner reportedly forked over $600 for surgery to treat a quite fowl eye infection. The crow’s British owner raised more than $2,700 in total for the sick birdie.

“A Christmas Miracle happened today as Russell Crow was given amazing support by a very famous actor with a very similar name,” Helen Motteram crowed on Facebook. “I honestly couldn’t believe it as I opened up my emails today and [saw] his campaign! It’s incredible.”

She later confirmed Russell the crow is on the mend following Thursday’s procedure.

The famed actor reportedly donated hundreds to support his feathered namesake.
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Russell the crow
Russell the crow underwent eye surgery Thursday.
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“We honestly are so grateful for all the love and support we’ve received. Generous donations in such a hard time. I am forever thankful and totally numb with the emotions I’m going through,” Motteram wrote on Facebook, emphasizing Russell Crow — the one with wings — is “grateful.”

“I hope I can return the favor to every single one of you. We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such amazing friends, family and connections,” she added.

The feathery friend is no stranger to Crowe, who tweeted his appreciation back in 2017. “Haha cool, what a nice lady Helen is to look after the poor blighter,” he wrote, while also suggesting his namesake listen to songs from his musical project, “The Indoor Garden Party.”

This isn’t the first time the actor has been celebrated for such a grand gesture. Earlier this year, a British couple noticed the star donated money to save their beloved bookshop — to the tune of nearly $6,000.

Helen and the bird
Russell’s owner raised thousands online for the procedure.
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Russell the crow
Thankfully, Russell is on the mend, his owner confirmed this week.
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“We checked the name, and I sort of was like, ‘Russell Ira Crowe?’” store co-owner Leanne Fridd told CBS News. “And Dan was like, ‘It’s Russell Crowe!’ And I was like, ‘No, it can’t be Russell Crowe.’”

In 2020, the “Gladiator” star donated $5,000 to rebuild a destroyed Beirut restaurant in the name of Anthony Bourdain. He claimed the late culinary connoisseur, who adored the eatery, “would have probably done so if he was still around.”

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