The lush green lawn of our office premises draws in lots of colourful birds. Among them the mynahs. The mynahs are known to be aggressive and noisy but yesterday I witnessed a heart-rending scene.
I was reaching the canteen with my senior colleagues when I saw an innocent mynah pecking some insects or whatever on the quite lawns. Neither the naïve bird, nor me, expected a four-legged terror to spring from behind a tree at such rapid speed. The cat was not looking that ferocious, but brutal it indeed was. In a matter of seconds, it was all over. The victim’s struggle to live and the terminator’s rage to kill – the drama was all there.
The one relishing food was being relished. The surrounding mynahs did protest. They created a noisy scene and tried to poke the cat, but ultimately gave up.
When we finished our tea and returned, the leftovers of the mynah’s corpse was lying on the ground. We had had our sandwich and the cat its.
Additional input from Net: Mynahs feed on ground on insects, but take small vertebrates, occasionally eggs and nestlings of other birds, fruit and grain. They are considered a pest in Australia, where noisy winter roosts of several thousand occupy city trees and buildings.
PS: Just the earlier day, my Pakistani friend Ansar Salim saved a mynah from instant death by shooing away the same cat.