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From: Ros Laundon <>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 21:32:53 +1000
Dear Birding-ausers,

I am forwarding this story from my computer-help group.  Perhaps someone
would like to respond.

Ros Laundon.
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Subject: [Help] Perplexed {01}
From: Kurt <>
Date: Wed, 17 Nov 1999 06:16:35 +1000

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From:   Kurt [SMTP:
Sent:   16 November, 1999 10:53 PM
To:      au'
Subject:        Perplexed

I have just witnessed an event that has me very perplexed.
When I went outside at 21.50 torch in hand I spotted a possum running along 
the Optus cable.
Nothing unusual in this as I have enjoyed these antics for the last 2 
years. The possums  have gotten used to my presence with the torch and 
scarcely take any notice of me.
What surprised me was the sight of a crow attacking the possum!  At first I 
thought that the light from my torch had disturbed the crow from its sleep 
and it  just hit the scurrying possum by accident.   But the crow then kept 
going after the possum, and managed to hit it (The possum) and not ever the 
cable the possum was running along.
I have  never seen a day bird fly very far at night, and never with such 
precision carry out complicated maneuvers at night.
There was a fair amount of moonlight. I still required a torch to see 
adequately though, especially among the tree branches.  The crow navigated 
between these, only ever hitting the possum.
Obviously the crow was defending its nest or territory.  And it definitely 
was a crow, if I had any doubts, the ruckus it made soon disspelled them.

Are there any  naturalists / zoologists out there who have any ideas on 
this subject?

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