G’day readers. I’m in Australia, and after a couple of super city slick days in Melbourne I’ve moved out to the countryside along the Great Ocean Road. As I write this now, I’m gazing across eucalyptus trees, fields, rolling hills, cows, lakes and sparse white farm houses.
But earlier in the day, I saw one of these:
And, getting into the spirit of the country, I thought I’d ask whether you could tell what it is yet? Since I can’t draw, I’ll use the photos and a smattering of facts to give you all the clues you’ll need. Here goes:
It’s a marsupial (carries young in its pouch)
- Captain Cook collected them
- It climbs trees
- It’s nocturnal
- It has the second strongest jaw bite in the world
- Their idea of social interaction involves adding droppings to a pile of other droppings
- They’re a threatened species whose numbers are falling year on year
- Volunteers train their dogs to recognise their droppings and to help environmental research
So, can you tell what it is yet?!