An extract from the book 40 Strange Groups
This Canadian group was formed after a man’s pet dog was attacked by a group of crows and a squirrel in Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto during April 2015. The crows thought the dog was heading towards the tree where they were nesting and swooped down over the dog, pecking at it until it ran back to its owner. A grey squirrel, whose drey was close by, also joined in by jumping on the dog’s paws as it was being distracted by the crows. This coordinated attack is quite rare and caused the owner of the dog, Todd Crosby, to phone the city authorities to complain about the behaviour of the wildlife in the park.
Crosby continues the story: “Well, my setter, Gretzky, was proper upset and didn’t eat too well afterwards, eh. I phoned the city and they thought I was joking about the squirrel – the lady said something about that being the icing on the cake. I replied that my dog didn’t see it like that and she laughed. I resolved then to ask my buddies about the crows and squirrels in the park. They told me we should form a group, because their dogs had been attacked too. The ringleader was the squirrel, my buddies said, who had gone rogue and the crows were encouraged by its behaviour. We formed Dog Owners Against Crows and Squirrels and we’ve become organised. We walk our dogs all together and they don’t get attacked as the animals in the park would be too thinly spread to successfully attack any of them. There’s trouble ahead though, as the other evening I saw the crows in the trees, with about ten squirrels, and there were starlings there too, hundreds of them, so our next walk could be very interesting. I have never seen the film The Birds, so perhaps I should do.”