Wedgetail and cat

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Subject: Wedgetail and cat
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 19:54:21 +1000
With regard to the story of the Wedgie which picked up the small dog
with fatal results (where please?),  I was told the story of a young
Wedgetail which swooped on a large tom-cat who was snoozing on a lawn on
a gippsland farm. Being young and inexperienced, the bird didn't
perforate the cat with its talons but just 'trussed' it, carrying it in
the basket of its claws. The cat was furious as well as surprised and
promptly bit and clawed the eagle's leg . The payload was pretty heavy
for the bird which was having trouble gaining altitude, with the result
that when it let go of the cat and dropped it from a height of about
twelve to fifteen feet, puss survived. he was rather wary about sleeping
out of doors after that and took care to seek cover under a bush.
  I was told this story by the cat's owner. I saw no reason to doubt
Anthea Fleming in Ivanhoe (Vic)  It's cold tonight!
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