By Nelson Groom
A courageous pet cockatoo has thwarted a sticky-fingered wild wallaby from pinching his lunch in a uniquely Aussie David and Goliath battle.
Priceless footage from the backyard of a rural property in Kaoota, Tasmania, 40-year-old bird battler Albert catching the larger intruder red-handed inside his aviary.
Public servant Anthony King, 38, was scrambling to intervene when the wallaby fled the escalating scrap, leaving his feathered friend to spread his wings for a victory dance.
Anthony said: “The wallaby had been hanging around waiting for Albert to drop his guard.
“But Albert crept up behind and suddenly there was this showdown. The poor wallaby got cornered in the aviary so I came out to help.
“Albert’s very territorial when it comes to his food, the wallaby got a bit more than he bargained for.”
Anthony, who is remarkably two years Albert’s junior, said it’s not the first time his feathered friend has come to blows with rivals on home soil.
Just weeks ago, he narrowly avoided taking on a pair of possums before Anthony stepped in.
He said the bright yellow crested parrot loves nothing more than Doritos crisps and won’t let anything get in the way of his favourite treat.
And Anthony suspects we haven’t seen the end of this cross-species turf war.
Anthony said: “Albert won’t let much get in the way of his Doritos, he opens the draws to get to them sometimes.
“He’s a big softie with us and loves a cuddle, but I caught him nearly ambushing some possums the other week.
“I have a feeling we haven’t seen the end of this feud, we’re going to have to keep an eye on it.”