When I was away I started to think about the idea of putting up a post that really could not be anywhere else other than “my world”. So, living where I do I did not have to think that hard about what I could do! But what did surprise me was the ease with which I got the pictures.
Near the end of a walk a cry of “I’ve found an echidna” went up from the smaller of my small people – and she was right. This one obliged by staying on the surface for a little while we looked and photographed. He (?) even kicked some dirt at us to tell to go away. If you don’t know anything about this animal, the key think to know is that it lays eggs. But it’s a mammal all the same.
We saw lots of kangaroos and wallabies during the holiday – but I thought I’d go with a bit of a crowd pleaser in the Koala – and please, please, please don’t call it a bear!
On the road out to Cape Otway Light house we must have seen 20 or 30 of these rather charming animals. You can see from the state of the trees that 20 or 30 may be just a bit more than the trees came cope with. So the koala is a marsupial – and it gives birth after 35 days of pregnancy to a Joey less than 20mm long. That’s smaller than most bees! In then stays in the pouch for 5 months!
The other remarkable thing about koalas is that it is the one vertebrate where the brain does not fill its cranium. About 40% of the volume is taken up by a think jelly! Evolution has swapped brain power for energy conservation, and produced a highly energy efficient beast that is not much chop at after dinner conversation or crosswords.
So, seeing both of those on one trip pretty much places you on the east coast of Australia – you should visit and see for yourself.
You can find more places from around the world at Our World Tuesday.
You can find the most recent post to my other blog by clicking the Paying Ready Attention image on the RHS of the screen. (The most recent post has more echidna pictures from a different trip)
Enjoy the pictures.