This post is dedicated to Evan, because he was expecting to see kangaroos on my previous post on Kangaroo Island but there weren’t any. I’ve gathered a few kangaroo photos and photos of other animals, in hopes that it will make up for his disappointment.
Most people associate Australia with kangaroos and koalas.
But I don’t think they are the cutest Australian animals. For example, the wallaby, a close relative of the kangaroo, is much cuter!
And then there are animals you don’t expect to see. For example, black swans.
It’s not just a Natalie Portman movie. They really exist!
There are camels, too, but they were imported during colonization.
So was the Dingo.
For the subjectively not-so-cute, there’s the Tasmania Devil. Not as cute as the Looney Tunes one.
For silliness, there are emus. They apparently have really short-term memory.
How can I forget the quokkas of Rottnest Island?!?
For the next 2 animals, unfortunately, I do not have good quality photos. They are easily my favourite Aussie animals: the wombat and the platypus.
They look so cute and cuddly (but can be vicious).
Platypuses are duck-billed mammals that lay eggs and use electrical signals to locate things. I would’ve loved to see them in the wild, but because of their timid nature, it is very rare even for locals. Their movement in water is hilarious, like they’re shaking their heads saying “no, no, no, no, no”. (They actually do that for their electrolocation purposes.)
Last but not least, the two furballs who greet me when I come home.