Skip to main content

The great Aussie drop bear


Just for fun, I thought I'd write a post about a great Aussie icon, the drop bear.
MYTHICAL AUSSIE DROP BEAR

A drop bear is a hoax in contemporary Australian folklore featuring a predatory, carnivorous version of the koala. This imaginary animal is commonly spoken about in tall tales designed to scare tourists. Why? Because Australia actually has some of the world’s deadliest animals. And Australians truly are larrikins, so we love a good joke. 

If you don’t know what that word is, then you’re missing out on some great Aussie slang. Here is an extensive list of Aussie slang and their meanings if you're interested. If you ever set foot in the Outback (make that most of Australia), you will hear Aussie slang. Watch Crocodile Dundee and you'll pick up some Aussie slang: larrikin, strewth, fair dinkum, esky, bottle-O.  It’s like another language. 

But that’s not all that Australia is known for. We are also known for our dangerous animals.

There is a common perception amongst tourists that everything in Australia can kill you. Not true, but also very true. I was camping on Fraser Island in Queensland when a dingo snuck up into the campsite. It had not made a sound. I just turned around and there it was. Staring at me, with its unwavering, hypnotic brown-eyed stare. Don’t be fooled into thinking that these dogs don’t like being stared at the way a domestic dog does. Domestic dogs are submissive. Dingoes are wild dogs and have been known to steal a baby. True story. Remember that famous case of the Chamberlains?

As well as dangerous dogs, we have dangerous spiders, lizards, octopuses, blue bottles, snakes, sharks, crocodiles, bats. Some of these animals are hunters, some have deadly toxins and poisons. For example, a goanna bite can cause a nasty infection that if not treated has been known to cause rotting flesh. The funnel-web spider has killed 13 people, but there are 30-40 people bitten each year. 

FUNNEL-WEB SPIDER

It’s no wonder that tourists lapped up the story of the carnivorous koala.

FACT: A koala is not a bear. Australia does not have bears. It used to be called a koala bear because it looks like a tiny stuffed bear.

From the Save The Koala website:
The Koala was given its scientific name, phascolarctos cinereus, meaning 'ash grey pouched bear' in 1816. Subsequently, it was discovered that the Koala was not a bear at all, but a member of a specialised group of mammals called 'marsupials', that give birth to immature young and carry them in a pouch.

KOALA - NOT A BEAR

Other myths associated with the drop bears have included that Vegemite can repel the predator, placing forks in hair can prevent an attack and they target people with accents. Hah. I’d like to see this.

MYTHICAL DROP BEAR

On a serious note, the koala is facing real danger. During the recent bushfires in Australia, it’s population was drastically affected as well as its natural habitats. The koala is an Australian icon. We don’t want to lose it.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Latest news! I've signed up to write a post-apoc series

When I started writing, I had one set goal: to become a prolific author. At the time I was into reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz, and I wanted to write books, lots of them. 

Now I have that chance. After writing, publishing, and promoting 10 books, I've signed up to to write a series of post-apocalyptic fiction books for Mission Critical Publishing. The reason I signed up was simple. They're innovative. The publishing industry today is fast and fluid. 



I've agreed to write 3 books in 6 months. Each book will be around 60,000 words when completed. I'll need to become a writing machine. To accomplish this I'll need to do 2 things:




#1 Write fast



The only way for me to write fast is to write an overview of the entire book (or series). This can be one page per book. Then I write dots points that become the chapters. Complications, conflicts, solutions, all fit into these chapters.


Then I set a daily word count. I'm now at the stage where, provided I know what I'…

Top 10 Australian independent magazines for teenage girls

First up, I have to say that there aren't 10 blog/magazines listed, only 9. I couldn't find 10 so if you know of any please please please let me know who they are so I can include them on this list.

Flicking through the internet for stories is a bit like flicking through a pile of magazine clippings on the floor. It can be fun putting everything you want to read together in one pile, but after a while you might want to sit in a chair and have that pile put together in more manageable fashion for you to read, say maybe like the magazines or blogs the articles were cut out of.

Okay, that's enough of that analogy. This article is about finished product of blogs and magazines that compile together a host of articles on subjects a reader is interested in. I'm featured ten nine Australian independent magazines both virtual and tangible which I came across during one of my wild searches through hundreds of internet sites.

Magazines have really taken a bashing over the past decad…

Earth Quarantined virtual book tour Nov 15-30, 2018

It’s almost release day for Earth Quarantined, a new alien occupation fiction novel by the author of Welcome to the Apocalypse.
If you like alien occupation fiction, then this book is for you. It’s like ‘The Expanse’ but played out on Earth. Aliens brought peace to Earth and promised us the technology for interstellar travel. 300 years later and they still haven't given us this technology. They're lying to us. What they don’t know is that we’re lying to them...

Follow this virtual book tour for a chance to win Amazon giftcard. Follow to read excerpts and guest posts and book reviews.
Let's meet the blog hosts and reviewers?

REMINDER - THE EBOOK IS ON SALE FOR $2.99 UNTIL NOV 30
DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY HERE


http://www.books2read.com/EarthQuarantined

Nov 15 Sapphyria's Books (excerpt) Boundless Book Reviews (excerpt) The BookWorm Drinketh (excerpt + review) The Bookworm Lodge (excerpt)
Nov 16 Casey Moss Books (excerpt + guest post) Jazzy Book Reviews (excerpt) Readeropolis (excerpt + inter…