Koala aloha

The local male koala has been creating quite a din over the last few nights, and we finally got a shot of him at twilight, high up a gum tree.

You can hear a recording of the call here. It’s quite disturbing if you don’t know what it is. He’s calling for a female and to tell other males this is his territory. I’ve heard reply calls in the distance.

He looks cute and cuddly until you notice the claws. They need to be sharp for shimmying up trees. Friends who are koala rescuers have particular techniques for picking a koala up and avoiding the claws and teeth – from behind in such a way that the claws and teeth can’t reach you.

Neighbours have been hearing other males about the place, and it’s good to know there’s a healthy population at least where we live. Other places are not so lucky.

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6 Responses to Koala aloha

  1. janebeau says:

    The female sounds really spooky and almost human. No after-dark forest rambles for me!

  2. Betty Jacobs says:

    Just once, I’d like to be disturbed by this noise. For us in Sydney it is the Koels and Channel Billed Cuckoos at 4am.

  3. Kath says:

    Thank you for the link to the wildlife sounds! Roger and I are comparing them to our recent experiences in the National Parks in the Cape – sorry, I can’t put the Aboriginal names down as I would have to go back to the maps. Camping out in “foreign’ places is thrilling!

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