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06 January 2008 @ 09:19 pm
Koalas  
I've had visitors from overseas staying with me for the last week or so, which has meant I've been doing the kind of touristy thing you don't usually bother with when you live here. We had a fabulous day yesterday at Philip Island. It's most famous for its 'Little Penguins' (or Fairy Penguins). Each night at dawn, you can wait on the beach at a certain spot to see them come waddling in from the surf and trot up the dunes and to their burrows to feed their young and meet up with their mates. Unfortunately I don't have any photographs of that (the cuteness was out of control), as camera flashes scare them so photography is restricted.

However, earlier in the day we visited a Koala Conservation Centre, and we had the best experience I've ever had of seeing koalas up close.

In the wild, koalas are hard to spot and pretty unexciting. They're usually spotted as distant grey blobs in the forks of trees. Something like this, except from even further away:


At the conservation centre, they've built boardwalks in part of the national park, which take you up to 'tree level' so that it's a lot easier to spot koalas.



Koalas are quite sloth like, they sleep a LOT.


This one was asleep right against the boardwalk railing!



But we were incredibly lucky while we were thre, as one of them decided to go for a walk along the boardwalk railing.


He strolled straight on past me, relatively quickly once he got going.


so if you ever wanted a shot of a koala's bum, here it is...


He went to visit his more sleepy friend.


But he was clearly getting NUTHIN out of him.


The media attention was way more fun.


And he kindly agreed to pose for his fans.


Ah, fame.


There was a smaller fellow asleep in a nearby tree who awoke at one point.


He decided to change position.


It was a precarious business.


And I'm not sure the new spot was really all that comfy.


It was a very hot day and further round we found one of the rangers out rehydrating one of the older koalas who was suffering in the heat. They have a gatorade-type solution that they give them. They seem like very happy koalas. :)

So there you have it. I really DO live in Australia. ;p And now you know where I've been the last few days...
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Anoel: animals my catanoel on January 6th, 2008 10:47 am (UTC)
Awwwwwwwwww. So CUTE! Koalas!! I love them. You really did get some amazing pictures. And now I really want to go to Australia.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 07:53 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed them! :)
latteaddict: Garfieldlatteaddict on January 6th, 2008 11:08 am (UTC)
So CUTE!!! Mind you, they look cuddlier than they really are (claws, baby)

My favourite marsupials are wombats. I think they could give koalas a run for their money in the sloth department :)

I've been to Phillip Island a few times but never stayed to see the penguins come to shore. Lucky you!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: yellow girlbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 07:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, I hear you on those claws--I wouldn't go prodding one.

I remember seeing wombats up in the snow one year and they did seem very sloth like, though one had bitten a skier!

The penguins are sooooo good. Even worth dealing with the crazy hordes of tour buses to see them!
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Kate: Maggie smilingmskatej on January 6th, 2008 11:25 am (UTC)
Adorable. *laughs* Koalas are awesome.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: DW Sally Sparrowbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 07:55 am (UTC)
They be cute. *nods*
blowjobs for jesus: little miss FTW \o/kristiinthedark on January 6th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
CUTE! I didn't realize they were quite so sloth-like! :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Pushing daisies make it betterbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, very sleepy! The info shelter was keen to point out that it took a LOT of energy to chew those leaves. Ah.... HA. o.O
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Nathanbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 07:56 am (UTC)
Hee hee--yes! Their noses are very cute. And when they open their eyes they are very enchanting--perhaps because it's so rare!
cherylad: polar bear snugglecherylad on January 6th, 2008 02:14 pm (UTC)
Okay, so I have no penguin or koala icons!!

Too cute!! I like that they have the rule to not scare the penguins (though I'd love to see them!!)

Thanks for sharing the awwwwwwwwwwww.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Ameliebop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:03 am (UTC)
Yeah, the penguins are adorable. This is the best photo I could find of what the parade is like--you stay on the boardwalk and watch them pass like this. http://www.penguinislandtour.com.au/Portals/5/backpacker%20with%20penguins.jpg

I'm glad they are so good at not scaring the penguins, because they are nervous enough of crossing the sand as they know they can be seen by predators--that's why they come in once the sun sets. One little group arrived early the night we were there and they hung around in the shallows looking nervy until it got darker. :)
random_seriousrandom_serious on January 6th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Wow, koalas are way cute. And anestethised most of the time, which makes ma a little envious.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: MR dorkbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Hee! Yeah, they have a good life as long as they stay disease free and we don't destroy their habitat.
ex_meek386 on January 6th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Too cute! :DDD
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Katiebop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:04 am (UTC)
Thanks! :)
dianora: ewan prettydianora2 on January 6th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
SO CUTE! Thank you for sharing these.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Niccolobop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
You're welcome!
Spink Tight III: lee barbiespinkkitty on January 6th, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww the cuteness!

hooray for koaleee pic spams!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lee secret weaponbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:05 am (UTC)
*giggles*
slinkling: penguins kissing (aww)slinkling on January 6th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Awwww. Fantastic pictures; I particularly like the koala posed helpfully by the informational sign.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Helobop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:06 am (UTC)
Yes, I liked his self-awareness. ;)
Le courage ne craint pas le crime: Whee!attaccabottoni on January 6th, 2008 05:10 pm (UTC)
Ah, so that's how big they are! Even on TV, or close-up pictures by my parents and others from zoos, I don't think I've ever really known their relative size, because I was used to thinking of them as the size of small bears.

And your captions just makes them even more cuddly than they look! You should do the touristy thing more often. :D
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kittenbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:08 am (UTC)
Ah! Yes, I can imagine how it would be hard to work out their size. They are really not like bears at all, and definitely a lot smaller. :)
Siljasiljamus on January 6th, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hee! This brings back memories.... The first time I say koalas we spent 2 hour watching 3 koalas sleep, because my mother refused to go until she had seen one move around and be all cute and cuddly. We finally got to go when one of them scratched its ear a few times and promptly went back to sleep.

The family's OZ-connection means that anyone having a very slow day, especially if they are hung over, is referred to as having a 'koala day' *g*
Valerie: lovemonkeyjeannev on January 6th, 2008 06:26 pm (UTC)
AWWW, I love them. They, very much like the pandas, look like examples of Mother Nature deliberately putting together something so adorable, that the world can't help but fall in love with them. Thanks for posting the pictures.
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anna: rawr kitten!snarkist on January 6th, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
Okay, these may be some of the cutest pictures EVAR. Seriously, I just want to pick one up and snuggle it. KOALAS!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lois smirkbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:10 am (UTC)
Hee! If you saw the claws on these fellows you might think twice. ;) But standing near them was oddly satisfying. :)
deaver: Travellingdeaver on January 6th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the super adorable pictures! Seeing the koalas and 'roos was the best part of my visit to Australia! Thanks!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Niccolobop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:11 am (UTC)
Cool! You're welcome.
serenography: pengserenography on January 6th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Adorable!
I SO have to visit Australia one day.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kittenbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:12 am (UTC)
Hee! We do have fun animals. *nods*
The First Evil: Garfield - Adored - lunglockasta77 on January 6th, 2008 11:04 pm (UTC)
They are adorable, but can't they also be vicious? I didn't think people were allowed to get so close to them. Then again, you weren't out in the wild with them so they've probably been taught to be accustomed to people. Thanks for sharing the pics. :)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lollie yogabop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:14 am (UTC)
Vicious? Not unprovoked! They are very peaceable. These ones do seem used to people but you are not allowed to touch them; they have strong claws to hang on to trees and tough teeth to chew those leaves, so when frightened they could definitely hurt you. That's pretty much true of all Australian animals, but koalas are not to be feared in the wild--they keep to themselves.
Nora Norwich: Lunanorwich36 on January 7th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
Awesome pics! Though I don't envy you doing the tourist thing in the blistering heat.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Lana :Dbop_radar on January 7th, 2008 08:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, it was quite exhausting. We had large water bottles, a lot of sunscreen and we walked slowly. And went for a swim after. *giggle*
supacatsupacat on January 7th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
These are awesome. :D I can't believe the action and awakeness of the koalas! It's making me homesick a bit. Especially for clear skies and sunshine, the fog is so thick here every day that you can't see your hand in front of your face and just have to guess blindly when you get off the bus.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bellydancebop_radar on January 8th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
Oh, you can have some of our sunshine! *hands it to you* It's going to be 40 degrees (again!) on Thursday and Friday...
Smockeryaustentatious on January 7th, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
I know it would probably end badly, but I just want to hug and squish them. They're so CUTE! XD
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on January 8th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
Hee, yeah gotta watch those claws. ;)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Roslin Kara yaybop_radar on January 8th, 2008 10:36 am (UTC)
*giggle* great icon!
Dualbunny: lilydualbunny on January 8th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
::awwwwwws bunches::
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kittenbop_radar on January 8th, 2008 10:35 am (UTC)
:)
brokenmnemonic: Cleo - Not Todaybrokenmnemonic on January 10th, 2008 09:09 am (UTC)
Oh, wow... I think I want to come back as a Koala. They're even cuter than Cleo! Ok, there are the pretty ominous looking claws, but... noses! And sleepy eyes! And pear-shaped bodies with furriness and... aww.

Ok, I believe you... you really do live in Australia. And if it's 40 celcius, I really think you should make like a Koala and go space out...
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Bop_radar TWbop_radar on January 10th, 2008 11:32 am (UTC)
Great icon! And yeah, they are pretty adorable. :) Still on a high from seeing them. And if only I could show you the penguins! *flails*

if it's 40 celcius
It is! Right now! *passes out*