The intention of the experiment was to decide how high and wide a barrier fence to protect a planned native bird sanctuary in the city should be. The experiments involved a group of local would-be predators in what the scientists were happy to call "ground-breaking" research.
Ships' rats managed 1.7m, feral cats 1.5m and - just missing the bronze - wild possums 1.2m. Eliminated early on were ferrets and Norway rats, defeated at 0.5m, while standard weasels and mice managed only 0.33m.
However, getting in to a sanctuary doesn't necessarily require jumping. Another contest pitted various tunnelling animals against each other - a challenge won by a Norway rat, which dug 0.6m along in the time limit. Charles ArthurReuse content