Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Australia's Kangaroos.....



When Captain Cook first landed on these shores, he saw many strange things - shuffling wombats, sticks that came back when you threw them away (the boomerangs) and strange men in vests and mullets. But nothing could have prepared him for the oddness of the kangaroo bouncing over the land... Kangaroos are marsupials, which means their young get a free ride in the female pouch, and they are found all over Australia in many different guises - from the 'Big Red' in the Outback, to smaller rock wallabies and some that even live in trees. When European Explorers first saw these strange hopping animals they asked an Aborigine what they were called. He replied "kangaroo" meaning " I don't understand your question".



4 comments:

Ruth said...

LOL - for real ? I never knew that ; how interesting . I love learning these snippets about your amazing country Christine .
HeeHee :0)
Ruth

Sarah said...

I never knew that either! Something new learned for me today!

I hope your brothers chickens are getting used to egg laying! My 'girls' seemed to take it in their stride.

Hugs, Sarah x

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Christine,

I have been thinking of you over in Australia ~ and hope that you don't have friends and family any where near, where the terrible fires are.

It is all so very sad and brings me to tears for the lives that have been lost.

Hugs
Carolyn

sreetzbears said...

Hi Chrisitne,I find your posts fascinating.How wonderful it must be to live in your country!I also hope you are safely away from those horrific fires.I also came to invite you to a tag game of 6 random things about yourself(hope you don't mind!)You can read all the details on my blog.~~~Thank youxxxxSharie