Saturday, 27 December 2008

CC: The Wallaby

 
 
 
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This wallaby has been a greatgrandmother for many years. She is tame and lives in the Botanic Gardens near the Nature's Powerhouse in Cooktown.
Often mistaken as kangaroos at first glance, Wallabies are the marsupials found in the lands of Australia. They are found in all states of Australia and in Papua New Guinea. Wallabies are well suited to the bushy highlands of Tasmania, and are very common in some areas. As Tasmania does not have the flat, open spaces of mainland Australia, the kangaroos are nowhere near as plentiful as wallabies. Wallabies range in size from the size of a rabbit to almost 6 ft long. The soft, woolly fur can be gray, brown, red or almost black. The belly is lighter. Females (called fliers) have a pouch in which the young live and drink milk. Males (called boomers) are larger than females. Babies are called joeys. They have short arms with clawed fingers, strong legs, and long, four-toed feet with claws. They can hop and jump with their powerful legs.
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31 comments:

Aileni said...

She seems very sweet.

June said...

So, I'm wondering about the genetic lines of wallabies vs kangaroos. Similar, but where and why the break off. Of course, there are any number of creatures to ponder this about. Cute picture...

Sue said...

What a sweet critter she is :)

Mamapippa said...

Mooi !
Die 'ruitenwasser'-vis op mijn blog was inderdaad een gelukstreffer, want het is niet makkelijk om vissen op foto vast te leggen. Deze lag heel even heel stil...
Groetjes !

i beati said...

outstanding Sandy

Shannon H. said...

Much smaller than I thought and I think she is cute!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! You gotta love wallabies. They are so cute.

I watched the kitten and budgie slideshow. That is the cutest thing I have seen in a while. Thank you. Lisa

splummer said...

Hi!
She's beautiful!!! Thanks for stopping by my place.

Sherrie

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

What a cutie! I never knew the true distinction between them and kangaroos - Thanks!

Cloudia said...

Aileni is right: Very sweet creature. Aloha-

Old Lady Lincoln said...

It looks tame enough, but I bet it could get mean if it had to, to protect it's self or a baby.

Happy New Year.

Bruce said...

Thanks for visiting my blog & thanks for all the info on the wallaby...very interesting!

Norm said...

she's cute, sweet and a friendly animal, nice capture! happy new year to you..

ChrissyM said...

Wow! How cute! They do look just like a kangaroo. Awesome post!

babooshka said...

So darned cute. We have a mythical escapee wallaby from the wildlife park. I've not ween him yet.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

We have some of those at our local zoo, here in Naples, FL

Tootie said...

Very cute, and I'm guessing the only one of it's type this week. :-) Your Christmas Eve sky was beautiful.

Lilli & Nevada said...

I always wondered what the difference was. I surely thought they were a kangaroo

Grammy said...

That is just adorable. I never realized there were both wallabies and kangaroos.

forgetfulone said...

Very cool photos!

AppleDebbie said...

Thank you for the wonderful photos and informative post. The greatgrandmother wallaby appears to be very tame.

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

Aww... she does seem quite kind and gentle. I have never seen one up close and only through TV and photos.
I would love to see them in real life...

~Michele~

Gramma Ann said...

Very interesting and informative post today. I didn't know wallabies were not kangaroos. Also, the picture of the sunset was gorgeous, but, as you know, I love sunset pictures.

Have a lovely week-end.

fishing guy said...

Wil: That is a neat photo and a wonderful story. Certainly an animal we don't know at all.

Molly said...

Hi! Found you through Babooshka...Love your critter photos and your beautiful Chrisnd was delighted to explore further and find all your Kinderdijk photos! We visited there years ago when we were living in Belgium. You stirred up lovely memories.....

RuneE said...

Now I have learned something today - a day not wasted. Thank you!

Barbara Martin said...

Wallabies are very cute.

ramblingwoods said...

Thank you for the additional info as we don't have wallabies here in the states..Very cute.

Teena in Toronto said...

There is a wallaby in the zoo in High Park ... he seems to sleep a lot. Ha!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Misty Dawn said...

I want to go to Australia SO BAD!!! I would love to see these critters hopping around!

happily retired gal said...

Thanks to your visit to my Camera Critters post at Small Reflections. I love this Wallaby ... enjoyed your Dutch traditions (being of Dutch heritage myself) ... found your header most festively fascinating ... and feel reassured that my hydrangea looks quite 'sad' right now even though my roses are blooming. Southern California has an amazing climate. You can see a couple of roses on my other blogs. I hope your garden comes back in the spring.
Hugs and blessings,