mammals of australia

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Kangaroo youngsters hanging indoors during the rain at a sanctuary

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australiaThe locals are rather excited that it’s snowing in @tasmania! ❄️ There’s been a recent snowfall at #CradleMountain, and this teenage Tasmanian devil certainly seemed rather surprised to feel the chilly snowflakes falling from the sky. This little fella lives at @devilsatcradle, which is located on the doorstep of the beautiful Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in @tasmaniasnorthwest. This wildlife conservation facility is open to the public, and the dedicated team here focuses its efforts on conserving and protecting the endangered Tasmanian devil along with the eastern and spotted-tailed quoll. 

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australiaThere’s nothing quite like breakfast in bed on a chilly winter’s morning ☕ Tilly the baby yellow-footed rock wallaby certainly agrees! Tilly lives at the @australianreptilepark in @visitnsw, and at five months old she weighs in at just 430 grams. The team here is providing Tilly with round-the-clock care, feeding her with bottles of specially formulated milk every five hours and ensuring she is kept toasty warm in her knitted pouch. Video: The Australian Reptile Park

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The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-billed platypus, is a semiaquatic egg-laying mammal endemic to eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Together with the four species of echidna, it is one of the five extant species of monotremes, the only mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth. The animal is the sole living representative of its family (Ornithorhynchidae) and genus (Ornithorhynchus), though a number of related species have been found in the fossil record. The first preserved platypus body was thought to have been a fake, made of several animals sewn together, when it was first looked at by scientists in 1799.

The unusual appearance of this egg-laying, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal baffled European naturalists when they first encountered it, with some considering it an elaborate hoax. It is one of the few species of venomous mammals: the male platypus has a spur on the hind foot that delivers a venomcapable of causing severe pain to humans. The unique features of the platypus make it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology and a recognisable and iconic symbol of Australia; it has appeared as a mascot at national events and is featured on the reverse of its 20-cent coin. The platypus is the animal emblem of the state of New South Wales.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus

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Melbourne Zoo:  Meet Our Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat

Jun 29, 2016

Melbourne Zoo’s 10 month old female Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat ‘Jindi’ has only recently left mum’s pouch. She spends most of her time in the tunnel while mum Jumunji and the others are out exploring.

via: ZoosVictoria

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Looks like a couple of southern right whales (I’m pretty sure). Absolutely mesmerizing.

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Landscape after fire

It’s sometimes hard to imagine a landscape recovering following a high intensity wildfire, especially those that leave an area looking grey and desolate (or so it would seem). 

Landscapes can start to bounce back in a surprisingly short period of time. Only a couple of months after the 2014 wildfires in the Grampians National Park there were rivers of green ambling through the ash beds and little critters surviving throughout the apparent ‘moonscape’.