Sunday March 25, 2012 Australian News Channel
What does a hooting barn owl and a screaming woman have in common?
A lot, apparently, according to an alarmed Victorian fisherman who made a frantic call to police to report that a woman was being attacked on Friday around 10.30pm.
Six Melbourne men on a fishing trip in Mallacoota on Victoria's east coast claim to have heard a woman screaming multiple times.
They went out with torches to search for the victim but couldn't find anyone.
Police decided to investigate ... and found it was a feathered offender, a barn owl.
Acting Sergeant Mark Tregellas told the relieved fisherman an owl's call can be very similar sound to a woman's screams.