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?!
Psst: the answers in the comments were right. It’s the endangered quoll.
Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on www.insidethetravellab.com