Saturday, 14 August 2010

A panda...no, a polar bear...no, a Koala!

Playschool this afternoon was disrupted by some barking form Shadow and Cocoa, and James running in to tell me, "There's a panda...no, a polar bear...no, a koala out there!"
As much as I'd love a panda in my garden, I was pretty sure neither of Adelaide Zoo's two most famous residents had escaped!
We found this little fella (I couldn't see any sign of a pouch) right inside our patio.
He investigated the furniture, spa (covered), bbq and us, before ambling down the garden, exploring as he went.
I quickly removed the two dogs, who were clearly making him a bit uneasy, and he seemed quite unperturbed by our presence - and it was impossible to keep James and Eleanor quiet and moving slowly!
He sat for a while at the bottom of the garden...
...then departed over the fence to visit the neighbours
I know a lot of non-Australians think koalas are just cute and cuddly - but have a close look at his claws - well over an inch long!
Although I'd say he was an average size, they're solid and look quite powerful, and he'd easily weigh more than Eleanor.

7 comments:

Linda said...

Oooh! Yes, we do think they LOOK cute and cuddily, but thanks for the info about their claws. Still, it's difficult for us (US Midwest) to imagine seeing such a critter in our back yards. Squirrels, cardinals and rabbits just don't evoke the same excitement. Thanks for sharing photos!

Miss Nancy said...

Thank you for sharing your photos. This was an exciting visitor for you. He looks so cute and cuddly but I have been warned about the claws should they need to defend themselves. What a great memory for the little ones.

Have a super great day.

Kayscha's Quilting Corner said...

How wonderful!

Blossy said...

What a nice unexpected visitor! You took some great photos.
I wish we had a koala come & visit us. The only things that visit my place are kookaburras, galahs, geckos & frogs.

Xena said...

Oh that is an awesome experience and such wonderful photos too.

Car said...

What a delightful visitor! Great photos you got there!

Joan said...

Wonderful photos Emma...what a great quest to have in your garde...for a while :)