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Stella and Rory

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Koala Visit

Howdy Everybuddy.  Last night we had a visit from a koala.  So what you say.  You live in Oz and must see them all the time, right?  Wrong.  We live in a rural area and only see them occasionally and usually in trees.  Koala's only eat particular types of eucalyptus leaves.  We have never had one in our yard before.

Mum was pegging out some washing after dark and heard a scratching noise and thought it was I, Stella, walking towards her and when she looked towards our back door, there was the koala.  She doesn't know why he/she was there but he walked towards her.  She was a little worried cause they can be territorial and may look cute but can leave a nasty scratch.  Their nails are extremely hard and long, perfect for climbing up the bark of trees. 

She was worried somebuddy would open the back door and let Rory and I out and then there would have been trouble so she carefully walked around him and knocked on the kitchen window and told the others what was happening.  They all came out and the koala walked towards them and then sat and looked at them.  Mum offered him a drink.  We wonder what he wanted as it had not been hot (sometimes when it's extremely hot over a long period they will come looking for water but they usually get all their fluid from eucalyptus leaves). 

Anyhoo, by this time we saw him through the door and barked like the nutcases we are.  He trotted down the back, climbed the apricot tree and then climbed into our bay leaf tree and we left him in peace.

He was gone this morning and we hope he found his way home.  Mum estimates he was around 15 kgs (33 lbs) and he looked young.

  Good luck little koala.  The family loved seeing you.
No worries, and love, Stella and Rory
 

20 comments:

  1. Hummmm, had no clue, just seen them on TV, and those were like friendly little guys, how interesting.

    The Mad Scots

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  2. They certainly are adorable. But they do have some long toenails!

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  3. Very nice of you to look after him with some water! Do you have rabies in OZ? When I think of a wild animal approaching, I think of rabid animals.

    Be careful, Stella Down-Under

    Jo Upover

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  4. Wow! How special! We have never, ever seen a koala in the wild. You guys are SO lucky!

    Maybe, cos he was young he was on the move to find his own territory, away from mum and other males?

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  5. you are so lucky. SHE's only seen two in the wild and both were in SA! We don't have any out here. Hope s/he found a tree to live in.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

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  6. Hari OM
    ...what Dougall said was exactly what I was thinking. You did all the right things Carol - as for you Stella and Rory - lucky for you mum had her thinking cap on!!! Great you got a photo to remember the visit though...that's deserving of the YAMarazzi hug of praise &*<>

    Hope you have a great weekend lined up, hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

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  7. Wow what a pawsome Easter visit. We can see in the pic that he has the longest claws. Hope he found his way home.I would have been a nut job too if I'd seen him. Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  8. Stella, that is soooo cool! I'm amazed at how you could just keep calm and not bark at him, too, I would have found that hard! Maybe he just felt like popping by, so he could be featured on your bloggy, haha!
    Pippa :)

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  9. How pawsome is that......Mom has been lucky enough to hold a kola a few times - she use to work for WIRS (Wildlife Rescue Service) and was always helping injured furries

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  10. OH MY GOSH.... THAT is the most AMAZING thing. We are THRILLED that you got a super picture of this Sweet VISIT.
    We truly THANK you fur Sharing this with us.
    Bravo fur being so kind and caring toward him/her.

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  11. Say what! A koala!! I want a koala
    Lily & Edward

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  12. Maybe the Koala is the guy who brings your easter eggs? I wouldn't bark at him :o) hope he is back on sunday with a lot of treats for you.

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  13. They sure are cute and we're glad to hear that you and Rory were safe inside the house, Stella!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  14. Oh he is a cutie. I loved seeing the koala's when I was in Aus and I loved having a cuddle with one at the rescue centre. I hope yours found a way home safely

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  15. The koala looked really cute until we saw his long claws! Good thing you were safe inside the house. :)

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  16. What a treat for you all, but I too am most curious as to what happened and why he/she was out of their tree walking about as that would have been a very risky thing to do in Koala culture. Most puzzling Carol.

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  17. Wow, that is so cool!! Glad you got a photo!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

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  18. Ah that really cool. We don't have Koalas here...just squirrels (rats with bushy tails).

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  19. Your little visitor is really cute! His paws look almost like fingers. I'm glad Mum didn't let you guys out to scare him.

    xoxo Marjie

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