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Cute carnivores: though they prefer nectar, sugar gliders have been found to prey on swift parrot chicks. Image: GarettTT, Flickr.

Animal rights Liberation Tasmania say a Tasmanian plan to trap and cull sugar gliders is a blunt approach to dealing with  declining swift parrot numbers and does nothing to deal with the bigger issues facing the parrot like habitat loss from logging .

Until quite recently scientists didn’t know that the cute little critters actually preyed on swift parrot chicks.

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