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How much can a koala bear?

Postby chikara » Wed 01.28.2009 5:40 pm

For all of you shivering thru' a Northern Hemisphere winter :)

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OK, a koala is not a "bear" but this poor fella took a dip in suburbia yesterday in attempt to cool off as my home town (and that of a couple of other TJP forumites) sweltered through near record temperatures. The mercury hit 45.7 (114F) yesterday (the record is 46.1 (115F)) and last night was the warmest night on record with the temperature only dropping to 33.9 (93F).

At 8:00 am this morning it is back up to 36 (97F).

It is as dry as a dead dingo's donger.
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby CerpinTaxt » Wed 01.28.2009 6:54 pm

That's some intense weather. Winter's I've experienced here in the states have always been rough. Last year in Michigan -20 F and record snowfall, and now this year in Seattle a winter snow storm! I would much rather have extremely warm weather :P
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby chikara » Wed 01.28.2009 8:13 pm

I've experienced both extremes. I lived in Minnesota. We decided to go to Chicago for New Years 1999. 2 January 1999 was a record snow fall for a calendar day. Everything was closed :(
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby jimbreen » Wed 01.28.2009 8:27 pm

chikara wrote:For all of you shivering thru' a Northern Hemisphere winter :)


Nice picture, but I suspect it's a newspaper creation. Koalas are rarely close to suburbia and even then they avoid humans. They mostly sleep during the day, and rarely go near water anyway. The thought of one sitting in a basin and allowing water to be tipped over it is rather ludicrous.

Tourists come here expecting to be able to cuddle them, so some commercial park operators in Queensland oblige by providing (drugged) koalas for the purpose. It's illegal elsewhere.

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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby chikara » Wed 01.28.2009 8:56 pm

jimbreen wrote:Nice picture, but I suspect it's a newspaper creation. Koalas are rarely close to suburbia and even then they avoid humans. They mostly sleep during the day, and rarely go near water anyway. The thought of one sitting in a basin and allowing water to be tipped over it is rather ludicrous. ...

They certainly come close to suburbia around these parts (Adelaide Hills Face Zone) but other than that I agree with you. :)

jimbreen wrote:Tourists come here expecting to be able to cuddle them, so some commercial park operators in Queensland oblige by providing (drugged) koalas for the purpose. It's illegal elsewhere .....

You can cuddle non-drugged koalas about 15 minutes drive from where I am sitting.
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby tōkai devotee » Thu 01.29.2009 1:20 am

chikara wrote:
They certainly come close to suburbia around these parts (Adelaide Hills Face Zone) but other than that I agree with you. :)



I'll second that, chikara-san. It's very common to see koalas in suburbia. In fact, I'd say it's becoming more common since the dry hot weather of the last couple of summers. Koalas are more on the move than they ever used to be, in the search of food. For many years, I never saw a koala, but now I see many near where I live, and quite frequently in the Adelaide hills, around the Belair / Blackwood area, which is only 20 mins from the city.
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby chikara » Thu 01.29.2009 7:29 pm

tokai devotee wrote:.... It's very common to see koalas in suburbia. In fact, I'd say it's becoming more common since the dry hot weather of the last couple of summers. ....

I have just seen one with my own eyes sitting next to a water feature at the entrance to an office building at 300 Glen Osmond Road, Fullarton.

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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby coco » Fri 01.30.2009 8:31 pm

オーストラリア在住のみなさまに暑中お見舞い申し上げます。
「コアラが水を飲むほどの暑さ」なんですね。
珍しい写真を見せていただき、ありがとうございます。 :)

今回の猛暑が穀物の収穫量に影響しないとよいのですが……。
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby tōkai devotee » Sat 01.31.2009 8:09 pm

ココさん、こんにちは。しばらくですね。
こちらでまだ暑い日を続いています。今日も40度になります。死にそう暑いです!!


coco wrote:オーストラリア在住のみなさまに暑中お見舞い申し上げます。
「コアラが水を飲むほどの暑さ」なんですね。


コアラが水を飲むほどの暑さ のPHRASEは面白い!使ってもいいですか? :D
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby coco » Sun 02.01.2009 7:40 pm

Tokai devotee さん
おひさしぶりです。
tokai devotee wrote:コアラが水を飲むほどの暑さ のPHRASEは面白い!使ってもいいですか? :D

どうぞ、どうぞ。 :D

ちなみに日本の最高気温(40.9℃) は、去年と一昨年の夏に出たようです。
体温より高い気温はかんべんしてほしいですよね。
45.7℃は、想像したくない暑さです。

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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby tōkai devotee » Thu 02.05.2009 10:22 pm

It seems that native animals are not the only ones suffering in this unlawful heat in South Australia. At Monarto Zoo, which is like an African Safari Park, wild cats and dogs are struggling too. They were given huge blocks of ice to help cool them down.

Check this out http://tinyurl.com/b4vpxd
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby gabi in japan » Fri 02.06.2009 3:40 am

Wow Tokai Devotee!! Those pics are Awsome!! Where did you find them?? :)
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby tōkai devotee » Fri 02.06.2009 4:25 am

gabi in japan wrote:Wow Tokai Devotee!! Those pics are Awsome!! Where did you find them?? :)



Hmmmmm.. :? Isn't that fairly obvious?? :wink:
Didn't you go check out that site?
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby gabi in japan » Fri 02.06.2009 4:33 am

Yeah it's obvious, but I meant how did you find then?? Did someone send the website to you??
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Re: How much can a koala bear?

Postby tōkai devotee » Fri 02.06.2009 4:55 am

Oh, I see! :wink:
I often have a gander at news.com.au and see what's up. Yonks ago someone sent me a link about a story and I've been hooked ever since!

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