As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Crows swoop on puppy, carrying it away from back garden

Owner heard four-month-old chihuahua ‘screaming’ before she disappeared from outside her Melbourne home

Wednesday 4 May 201610.12 BSTLast modified on Wednesday 4 May 201613.13 BST

The owner of a chihuahua puppy remains hopeful the dog is still alive after it was snatched from her backyard and carried away by crows.

Four-month-old Fudge, who was small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, was swooped upon by crows while outside her owner Heather Sinden’s home in Melbourne’s outer east on Wednesday afternoon.

Sinden’s daughter Melinda Pride told the Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader that the dog spent most of its time indoors but had been let outside to urinate.

Her mother had seen the crows at the Astor Court address and “was quite concerned”, said Pride.

“Then she heard [Fudge] screaming and she was gone.”

Sinden – who has lung cancer, and was given the puppy for companionship two months ago – “collapsed from shock”, said Pride.

“Mum was only saying a week or so ago ‘if anything happens to this little dog I don’t know what I’ll do’ ... she was very attached to the little dog.”

Pride was hopeful that Fudge landed safely.

In an interview on local radio, she said members of the community were scouring the area for Fudge.

“We’ve had people walking around everywhere; it’s just amazing the feedback we’re getting ... people are going to parks and everything, trying to find her, but there’s no sign of her at all.

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