Sunday, December 04, 2005

a piece of Australia in Baltimore

Australia has lots of very unique animals that are found no where else in the world.

Many zoos worldwide feature popular animals like kangaroos, koalas (which are not bears, by the way), Tasmanian devils (vicious creatures only found in the island state of Tasmania), dingos, and emus (pronounced eem-you).

From mid-December, visitors to the National Aquarium in Baltimore (in Maryland, USA) will be able to visit a recreated river environment of northern Australia and see some other unique animals. Some of these include frilled-neck lizards (not frill lizards, it sounds so girly!), Johnston's freshwater crocodile, flying foxes (a fruit bat), galahs (a pink coloured bird like a parrot), and fish like barramundi (delicious).

Of course nothing beats seeing them in their natural environment (I haven't, as cats are not allowed into national parks, but my human has). But if you can't make the long journey from the US to Australia, then a trip to Baltimore may be really cool.

LINKS - National Aquarium in Baltimore
Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes exhibition updates
Escape to the Land Downunder about the exhibition

Unfortunately, not many people get the opportunity to see a platypus (even in Australia). Now that is a wierd looking animal - a fur covered mammal with webbed feet like a duck, a duck bill, which swims and also lays eggs. Also, they don't live in northern Australia so will not be part of the Baltimore exhibition.

A platypus (pronounced plat-ee-pus as in pussycat)


My breakfast was late! I didn't mind in the end being a Sunday, and I got a morning cuddle.

I had another visitor today. Martin, the human, who belongs to the two Great Danes (Barney and Sophie) in the house behind us, dropped by for some help with a job application (he'd just finished a research masters degree). As I had nothing to contribute, I insisted on sitting on his lap and showing those dogs who is boss! (while my human gave him tips on how to write applications for government jobs).

Later on I sat laid on my human's lap as he watched some more of Buffy before he did chores.


Blogger The chick said...

Love the the platypus. You must be very handy with photoshop to have invented such an unlikely looking creature.

Sunday, 04 December, 2005  
Blogger Keiser said...

Oh wait until I show you a picture of the YOWIE...

Sunday, 04 December, 2005  
Blogger Keiser said...

Another thing, have you ever heard of a BUNYIP?

Sunday, 04 December, 2005  

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