Sunday, 28 January 2007
Koka Kola and Pepsy Kola
At home in the Adelaide Hills there is abundant wildlife. A few kilometres from here, there is dense native bushland where kangaroos can be encountered sunning themselves on the warm bitumen roads.
These two furry friends are our KOALAS and they live high up in the Gum (Eucalyptus) Trees around our property. I took this photo after the baby had fallen to the ground from quite a height, bounced and carefully clawed it's way back up again to it's mother's back.
Koalas are not bears nor placental mammals. They, like Kangaroos, are MARSUPIALS, and they simply eat gum tree leaves and very little water. If one stands below them one may think it's raining. Wrong!
The males, when mating, make such a din, the sound could be mistaken for a fierce rhinoceros.
This baby is just recently out of the mother's pouch, but climbs back in from time to time.
Here is a precis about them from Wikipedia; perhaps a bit too detailed!
Marsupials are mammals in which the female has a pouch in which it rears its young through early infancy. The female has two vaginas, both of which open externally through one orifice but lead to different compartments within the uterus. Males usually have a two-pronged penis which corresponds to the females' two vaginas. The penis only passes sperm. The pregnant female develops a yolk sac in her womb which delivers nutrients to the embryo. The embryo is born at a very early stage of development (at about 4-5 weeks), upon which it crawls up its mother's belly and attaches itself to a nipple (which is located inside the pouch). It remains attached to the nipple for a number of weeks. The offspring later passes through a stage where it temporarily leaves the pouch, returning for warmth and nourishment.