I can’t believe this happened right in front of me today. I was walking into town when a rat climbed out of a drain by the kerb a few metres away from me. It jumped up the kerb and ran across my path to a grassy patch and the safety of nestling up close to a brick wall. I stopped to take a photo and then started taking a video as the rat ran and jumped forwards over the grass that was about the same height as her.
As I was taking a video, a magpie jumped down and tried to attack the rat – right in front of me – and the rat screeched. The magpie jumped up and landed on a street name sign. I didn’t know what to do but instinctively wanted to protect the rat so I scared the magpie away. The rat ran back to the grassy area by the brick wall and started walking next to the wall. There was another magpie sitting on the roof of the house behind the wall, and the attacker-magpie was in a tree just below it. I stood there, knowing my presence would deter the birds from attacking. The rat probably didn’t even know I was protecting it, but I stayed until the birds flew away. I considered guiding the rat towards safety, but I wasn’t sure the best place for it as it was a residential area. I left the rat where it was, hoping that the magpies wouldn’t return.
Here is the video I took: