We are not alone. In fact, we are surrounded – by brush turkeys, possums, curlews, ibis and other wildlife that adds intrigue to the urban jungle. At our place, possums scurry along the fence and powerlines at night, much to the irritation of she who runs the house, our small white dog. The brush turkeys dig up the garden too, making mounds from freshly laid mulch, until the boss sorts them out. Brush turkeys aren’t the sharpest tools in the garden shed and as Griffith University’s urban ecologist, Professor Darryl Jones, tells Leisa Scott, they don’t even recognise their own young, which are abandoned after birth. There’s no big bird to tell the little ones how to do things like assess risk or spot a predator – even when the predator is a fluffy pooch that’s smaller and only marginally smarter than they are.