Friday, November 14, 2008

Koalas, cuddling of

Benedetta, José and I went to the Koala Sanctuary in Pennant Hills on Wednesday. The sanctuary has a bunch of animals that are unique to this continent, including wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, and echidnas, but we really were interested in the koalas. And they sure are cute. Sadly, I didn't actually get to cuddle one, since apparently that stresses them out too much. I did get to pet one, while it was distracted by a nice juicy bunch of eucalyptus leaves.

I learned:
1) Koalas are not bears at all, so don't you dare call them that.
2) Koalas do not drink water under ordinary circumstances. They get all the moisture they need from the eucalyptus leaves they eat.
3) Contrary to popular belief, the eucalyptus leaves do not intoxicate the koalas. They just look stoned. But seriously, I have a hard time believing they aren't on something. They're so sleepy they fall asleep in the midst of reaching from one branch to the next.

This bird says, in an Australian accent, "hello dahling, wanna cracka?"

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