By Pamela Jacka
WHILE watching some tennis, I saw out of the corner my right eye a vision of a magpie hurtling down my path. Well, I don’t think I’ve seen a bird hurtle down a path before. It was then I realised that it was being helped in its hurtle by the young male cat from next door!
I flew out my front door (no pun intended) and saw one of the magpie parents loudly admonishing the cat, who had dumped his catch on the driveway next door. Young Billie/Billy (as in Billie the Kid) was lying prostrate on the next door driveway, swearing rather loudly. I carefully folded her/his wing against its body and noticed that its right foot was in its mouth. I don’t think I’ve seen a magpie with foot in mouth disease but who knows!