INTRODUCTION: Houses in Australia suffer annual threats by cyclones, typhoons, hurricanes, dry-weather bush-fires, termites, and monsoon floods.
INTRODUCTION: Houses in Australia suffer annual threats by cyclones, typhoons, hurricanes, dry-weather bush-fires, termites, and monsoon floods. Now, there's a new danger facing some homes in Sydney, the nation's principal city - house-eating birds.
SYNOPSIS: More particularly, cockatoos. The sulphur-crested cockatoo of the Australian bush, known as the Major Mitchell after the explorer, normally keeps to the bush but for some unknown reason they've started attacking houses. They have strong beaks for removing grubs and insects from under the bark of trees, and it looks as though they've been experimenting with the possibility that the exotic trees forming part of the house may house equally exotic and satisfying grubs. In one suburb, up to 80 cockatoos at a time have attacked two homes causing thousands of dollars worth of damage.
In one house, worth 50 thousand dollars, most of the red cedar window frames have been shredded. Even the putty round the glass has been peeked out.
Nothing so far has able to deter the destruction. The cockatoos do their damage while the owners areaway during the day, on top of which the birds are a protected species and not allowed to be killed or trapped.