Strange happenings

To: Philip Veerman <>, "" <>, Denise Kay <>
Subject: Strange happenings
From: Mark Clayton via Canberrabirds <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2022 04:12:53 +0000
Thanks Philip,

I did think of a fox and can't really think of anything else. I have
seen hundreds of Sugar Gliders when I was at CSIRO working at night in
the forests of eastern Australia but never one on the ground. I do know
they do come down quite low at times but usually when there are shrubs
such as Banksias in flower. However I would have assumed that a fox
would take the whole animal, not just the heads, if it was after a
decent meal. Then again I don't know exactly what was left with the
"decomposing" bodies.



On 6/08/2022 1:55 pm, Philip Veerman wrote:
> Maybe a fox?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Canberrabirds
>  On Behalf Of Mark
> Clayton via Canberrabirds
> Sent: Saturday, 6 August, 2022 1:38 PM
> To: 
> Subject: [Canberrabirds] Strange happenings
> Good afternoon all,
> Last night I received a text message from a wildlife carer friend of
> mind with an interesting query. She had been talking to an ACT
> government employee who said they had been called to a residence in
> Campbell that had 10+ Sugar Gliders in various stage of decomposition
> but all had their heads removed. The thought was that a Powerful Owl may
> have been responsible but there was no sign of any owl. All the bodies
> were found on the same day which is a bit strange!! My friend has had a
> few Eastern Barn Owls brought in but doesn't think they are the culprits
> and I doubt they would just remove the heads and leave the rest, nor
> would any other owl in my opinion. Does anyone know of reports of
> Powerful Owls, or even Barking Owls, in the Campbell area or have any
> clues as to what might be doing this?
> Thanks,
> Mark
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