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post #1 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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For the Aussies living close to bushland and gum tree fringes in town, this is probably a pretty common sight!
But I think for our US and other forum members, you might like to see one of our Aussie icons up close and personal :)
This little guy was sick, they get a nasty disease that makes them blind, shuts down their kidneys and eventually kills them. We suspect this fellow has that disease, but hopefully it's been caught in time to save him.

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post #2 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 06:49 AM
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thats awesome, we don't get the wild ones over in WA, well not that I know anyway lol.
I love seeing our natives out and about though :)
Seen some kangroos chilling on some ones front verge once lol
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post #3 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 06:55 AM Thread Starter
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Wow you just taught me something - I didn't realise you didn't get them in WA, they must be more in the temperate areas on the east and south coasts.

We get stacks of roo's here too, they all hang out with the horses in their paddock. We've got a little family that have lived here since we've been on this property, so nearly 20 years now! Each breeding season you get the joeys bouncing around, freaking the horses out :P
They're quite a ****** on the roads here through winter, seem to enjoy sunbaking on the bitumen, unfortunately when cars are going 80-100kms past them its not such a good idea!

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post #4 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 07:17 AM
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haha thats awesome

I hate when you see them on the side of the road, saddens me :(
Blue tounges love it, and especially when it's this time of year when it's just getting warm there always out on the road.

Question, Do you get wild platypus or echindas over there? We don't get them either.
The only natives we have wild are kangroos, emus, possums and the kookaburra the main ones any way
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post #5 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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Apparently we do get Platypus in the really quite creek and lakes, but I haven't seen one. They're super shy, I think it's pretty rare to see one in the wild.
We do get echinda's here though, they hang out in my backyard! I'm sure I've got some photos somewhere, will put a couple of later :)
We don't have so many emu's in the hills, but further north there's heaps of them.

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post #6 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 07:32 AM
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thats awesome
you have to share photos of the echidnas, they have always been my favourite but have only ever seen them in the zoo
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post #7 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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Not a very good photo, but the first one I found

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post #8 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 08:58 AM
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Awww, how darn cute! Those toe nails/claws look like they could be pretty vicious though.

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post #9 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 09:00 AM
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That is not a hedgehog? Is it a different word, or a different critter?
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post #10 of 35 Old 11-24-2011, 09:12 AM
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Very neat photos, love the one of the echidnas, would love to see a platypus.....very neat!
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