I’ve noticed on the roads near my house recently a couple of poor pets that ended up as roadkill. The carcasses have been there for several days unmolested by scavenging crows. Then yesterday, an opossum became road kill near one of the pets (guess I know what he was up to). And before the day was over crows were hopping in and out of traffic to pick at the opossum while a few yards away lay the dead house cat, which was far enough away from the edge of the road that the crows could have picked at it without having to dodge traffic.
Is there any reason these crows seemed to prefer the wild animal to the pet?