It costs $1500 an hour to have a helicopter in the air, butthat didn’t stop police adding one to their search effort for what turned outto be one of our feral friends – a fox.
The police were called to investigate reports of a woman’sscreams in the Brisbane suburb of Calamvale at about 9pm on July 30.
A report in the local newspaper said 14 officers searchedscrubland in the area before the chopper that was fitted with thermal imagingtechnology was called in.
Turns out the screams were those of a fox and if there is a populationnearby, it’s getting ready to expand as foxes enter breeding season.
“There’s a fox that makes a noise that can be mistakenfor a woman screaming,” Senior Sergeant Lance Bowman said.
“It probably was (a waste) but it sounded genuinelylike a person screaming.
“We’ve got to check these things out. It’s better tocheck and make sure rather than find out later it was a drama and we didn’thelp.”
An effective fox hunt in the area might save future publicallyfunded police resources. We’re sure there’d be some local hunters who’d do itfor free.
For those who haven’t heard a fox screaming, check out this You Tube clip.