kylie lang

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - CONTENTS - Kylie Lang on Sun­day, to­mor­row in The Sun­day Mail


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.

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