By Ian McConnel
Global Commodity Lead, WWF-Australia
So, because it’s Friday, I have a couple of random, but cute, stories to share that happened this week on my family's farm in Brisbane Valley, Queensland this week.
My brother was out fixing the fence one afternoon and stopped to remove a fallen branch. It was then when he heard a ‘thump’ a few metres ahead. Assuming it was another branch, he turned around to see a koala dusting itself off, then quickly scrambling back up the tree as if nothing had happened.
This raises three main questions:
- Do koalas really get drunk eating eucalyptus leaves? (Find out here…)
- Do koalas get embarrassed in front of people? And;
- Do drop-bears really exist?
However, the cutest encounter was a little further up the fence where he found a little joey climbing a steel fence post.
A quick scan found his mum and a large male in the tree above the fence. Our assumption is that the joey was bumped off its mother during a romantic interlude. He put the joey back on the tree under its mum where it made a racket.
Mum koala quickly came down and rescued it before climbing back to the top of the tree.
My brother was happy to run across koalas and lizards today, as the snakes are back out in numbers now its warmed up. Weirdly, he never stops and gets close up photos of them!