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Kaaaa

Kaaaa

This is a snake. Of that, I am sure. The kind of snake? Long, snakey, green, yeah, that’s it. I got nothing. But this mouse is worried.

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Kaaaaaaaa’s ‘Friend’
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What Was That?

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A Range Of Roos

A Range Of Roos

Bonus pack of Roo pictures.

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Want Do You Want to Do?
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I Don’t Know, What Do You Want To Do?
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Let’s Sit On Our Tails!
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C’mon Guys, Let’s Decide!
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Don’t Look At Them.

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Mystery Birds 2

Mystery Birds 2

More birds whose names I have forgotten. The eyes on this one look human! Anyway, if anyone knows the names of these guys*, let me know.

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Oswald
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Mystery Bird 2-A

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*I am pretty sure I heard one call the other Oswald, but I can’t be sure.

One Roo

One Roo

Kangaroo hopping is a staple of cartoons. At least the ones that I grew up on. Of course, kangaroo boxing was pretty common in those cartoons as well. When grazing and moving small distances, kangaroos don’t hop. They use “pentapedal” locomotion. In this case they form a tripod with their tail and front feet while bringing their hind legs forward.

But, when they want to move, they hop. While hopping, they easily reach speeds of 13-16 mph and have been clocked as fast as 44 mph.

This image was taken when one of the roos was in a hurry. I was able to snap off 4 pictures. I have used hugin to put them together. You can see that each hop is covering 6 or more feet. Kangaroos did not need high speed travel to escape predators since there weren’t any to escape until people arrived. But, Australia is a big place, comparable to the size of the continental US. And much of it is empty. Covering a lot of ground quickly can be helpful.

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One Roo 2

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Emu

Emu

I kept looking for an Emu with a full head of feathers, but they all look this shaggy. Turns out this is normal. Emu are 5-6 feet tall and can reach speeds of 30 mph. I never saw one moving more than a walking pace. Feeding them is kinda scary. They turn their heads on the side and snatch of the food and whatever bits of extra skin you have on your hands.

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Emu 2

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