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A Strange Fight.

A curious combat was witnessed on a recent Sunday by a resident of Cavendish, remarks the Hamilton (Victoria)' Spectator.' He says : Cavendish my attention was called to a large snake gliding and glittering in the sun, and a common grey hawk darting down upon it. The snake appeared anxious to get to cover, but this was not allowed, as the hawk swept in upon it from right to left and from left to right in double quick time, and was bravely met on each occasion by the snake, sometimes two feet from the ground. The hawk evidently wanted to take some of the strength out of the reptile, and this it soon accomplished, as the snake's springs soon became less vigorous. The bird now changed its mode of attack. Besting for a few seconds three or four yards distant, it would dart in, clutch the snake with its talons, and hold on for a short time, which appeared to be no eaßy matter, As the fight became more fast and furious, the hawk seemed to lose all fear, and closed with the snake, when both rolled about like a ball. The bird, when leaving, after one of these exciting rounds, received a stroke which sounded like the crack of a whip, and feathers were seen to fly. The brave bird took a longer rest on this occasion, making up its mind for a final struggle. Sweeping in, it laid hold of the reptile just behind the head, when all the writhing of the snake could not secure release, The hawk then brought its beak into play, soon had the head of its enemy bruised and bleeding, and tried to carry off its prize; but this was more than it had Btrength to do, as it could only drag it along. The snake was of the brown species, 3ft 6in in length, and thick in proportion. The hawk must have been struck' many times with the fangs of the reptile, "but whether they could not penetrate the feathers I cannot say."

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A Strange Fight., Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889

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A Strange Fight. Evening Star, Issue 7916, 25 May 1889