Thursday, July 13, 2006

I love Australia

Thanks to obob for reminding me that we all need a little humor to balance the very grim situation in the Middle East. He has a wonderful post about some of Australia's odd anscestral critters. Since I send a lot of clients to Australia, I thought I'd investigate further.

The Giant Short-Faced Kangaroo lived in the Pleistocene period (1.6M- 40,000 years ago)

Take a Red Kangaroo, double its size, replace its paws with grappling hooks, give it bizarre feet each with a single hoof-like claw, then allow it to run at super-high speed face-first into a wall. The result should vaguely resemble a Giant Short-faced Kangaroo, the largest kangaroo to have existed - and one of the strangest.

The Giant Short-faced Kangaroo had a flat face and forward-pointing eyes. On each foot it had a single large toe something like a horse's hoof. On these unusual feet it moved quickly through the open forests and plains, where it sought grass and leaves to eat. Its hands were equally strange: each hand had two extra-long fingers with large claws. Perhaps they were used to grab branches, bringing leaves within eating distance.

And you thought all kangaroos were sweet, cuddly things.


Tina said...

Diva, right now I'd give my eye-teeth to cuddle up with a kangaroo. Of course, Waltzing Matilda would probably knock me into next week... but right now... would being unconscious be so bad?

DivaJood said...

Ah, Tina, tomorrow is Friday, and I will do Friday Grandbaby Blogging, because I cannot think any more about how dangerous the world is.

Pete's Blog said...

While most kangaroos are cuddly here in Australia. Large males, if protecting the "herd", can disembowel an attaker (including a person) using their very sharp clawed hind legs.

Even koalas can be dangerous with their vice like grips.

Australia is a safe country, but it has the greatest variety of dangerous animals on earth.


DivaJood said...

Pete, koalas have irrascable personalities. I once saw two young male Reds fighting with each other over some turf. It was wild! And what, Australia has 9 of the top 10 most poisonous snakes plus number 11. Don't forget those saltwater crocs, too. But I love Australia. Been 19 times so far, will be going again in September for a combination vacation and conference - send a lot of travelers there each year. It's a gorgeous, gorgeous country.