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26 March 2007
17 March 2007
There is a common misconception that the koala is a bear. However, it is not a bear. It is a marsupial.
Marsupials are mammals in which the female typically has a pouch (called the marsupium, from which the name 'Marsupial' derives) in which it rears its young through early infancy. [ Please feel free to skip the next paragraph if you're not into zoology. ]
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.
We can't bear to be without our koalas. In fact, they're all over the shop. We love them so much that we would never sell them all. Koalas are in all sorts of unsuspected hidey holes throughout the office, in the storeroom and even in the corner behind the office sofa.
Just now I noticed one peeking out from behind the computer monitor, thinking she couldn't be seen because of the big gum leaf hanging out of her mouth. There's another one in the shadows in the storeroom, disguised as a swaggie waiting for the billy to boil. What he doesn't realise is that he'll be waiting a long time due to the somewhat comforting thought that he doesn't know how to start a fire. A mother koala with a baby on her back is skulking on the railing of the stairs above the storeroom.
When koalas eat their beloved eucalyptus gum leaves, do they get the same coolness we feel in the throat and nostrils when we suck on eucalyptus lollies aka sweets aka candy? Aussies call these sweets "gum drops".
Kids (and their parents) love to suck on gum drops during a Sunday drive together in the family car. Also, as common as the misconception that koalas drink water, is the misconception that they eat gum drops, unless of course, they're sitting with the kids in the back seat of the family car on a Sunday drive - stuffing themselves silly.