Quote:there's a koala on the couch!
Only in Australia.
I guess a snake would be more frightening..
I bet they taste just like innocense...
Politicians hide themselves away
They only started the war
Why should they go out to fight?
They leave that role to poor
(07-13-2016, 01:48 AM)the white wabbit Wrote:(07-12-2016, 03:52 PM)UniqueStranger Wrote: Obviously the name 'tuff bugger' did not apply here. Poor koala thrown back out into the cold.
He wasn't born in front of a heater and it's not like it's that cold here. He has lots of fur to compensate.. At least he is free..
That is what is odd to me, maybe tuff bugger is old, tired and feels the cold more and wants the comforts of a home and a free ride. Actually, I have had two feral cats walk in to my home and plunk themselves down on my sofa as if saying 'I'm good right here, and what time is dinner served?".
Quote:Plant a Tree, and They Will Come
When Crowther first came to the Liverpool Plains in 2008, it was not to study why the koalas were dying but rather why they were so healthy. Researchers have found that at least 50 percent of koalas in Australia suffer from chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease that leaves the animals blind and infertile. The Liverpool Plains koalas, on the other hand, appeared to be virtually chlamydia-free. Koala populations elsewhere in Australia were plummeting as suburban development fragmented their woodland habitat, leaving them vulnerable to predation by their new neighbors—pet dogs and automobiles. The country koala population, though, numbered in the thousands and was growing.
Then there was another mystery: Why were koalas even here, and where did they come from?
“There really weren’t many koalas recorded here before the 1980s, as there had been too much land clearing for agriculture over the past century,” says Crowther. So much that the soil began to turn saline. In an effort to keep the water table down and return nutrients to the soil, the state government began planting thousands of trees across the Liverpool Plains. Nutrients weren’t the only thing that returned.
“I reckon we have 100 koalas on our property,” says Doug Frend, 33, who raises cattle, barley, and sorghum on Dimberoy, his family’s 5,200-acre farm nestled between rolling hills on the Liverpool Plains south of the country town of Gunnedah. “My dad said they never really noticed them before the 1970s or ’80s.” You don’t have to wander too far to find them today. It’s a bright, sunny morning, and we’re standing near a row of eucalyptus trees towering over sheds and tractors. A gray-and-white koala perches on a branch high off the ground, its eyes closed tight. Within a few hundred feet of Frend’s tin-roofed farmhouse we find another five koalas, including a mother and baby.
Andrew Pursehouse and Cindy Pursehouse have been farming on the Liverpool Plains for three decades. “We’ve planted hundreds of trees over the years,” says Cindy Pursehouse as she and her husband give me a tour of Breeza Station, their 11,000-acre farm. Andrew Pursehouse gestures to a row of eucalyptus trees that stretches up a hill. “This is a tree line we planted about 20 years ago,” he says. “Usually when we plant tree lines, we make sure they’re a variety that that the koala likes to eat.”
The trees are apparently tasty. Behind us, a rather large koala watches languidly from a branch, only a few feet from a barbed wire fence that marks the boundary between Breeza Station and the Shenhua mine property. A hundred feet away, another koala shimmies down a tree, bounces like a bunny across the grass, and hops onto another eucalyptus.
From WW's link above:
"The koala, dubbed Tuff Bugger, was microchipped and peacefully released back into the wild."
I wonder if the wild he was released into can sustain him? No word about that.
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