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Australians Born In July
This month's Australian birthdays include a lady swimmer arrested for indecency for wearing a one-piece cozzie (no, it wasn't Dawn Fraser). On the list is the first Aussie musician to be knighted. For those no longer with us, it's a way to remember them too.
For traditional Australian flowers, or happy Aussie friends in For the Kids series, or fancy dressed Royal Cats you're sure to find a Birthday card to brighten someone's day. Wombat and friends help you say "sorry" in I Forgot Your Birthday. Share a smile and say hello with our free Greeting Cards today.
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Hybernating in Australia
Robin wrote, "We are studying about animals that hybernate. Do Australian bears hybernate like our bears?"
Discovered in the Australian Alps in 1966, the little Mountain Pygmy-possum (Burramys parvus) is the only Australian marsupial that hybernates. They are also the only mammal to live exclusively in alpine and sub-alpine areas of Australia where there is a continuous period of snow cover.
The total population is estimated to be less than 3,000. This is due to loss of habitat in Victoria and New South Wales ski areas.
Australian Spelling Bee
Australian Spelling Quiz on Cities,
No worries. You don't need to spell them yourself. You just need to figure out which one of the three choices I give you is the right one. I also gave you the answers. How many will you get right?
Emilio asked if I was scared of drop bears. Drop bears are not real.
The Mountain Pygmy-possum weighs only 45 grams and easily fits into the palm of your hand. The Healesville Sanctuary has a research and breeding program to help avoid the probabilty of extinction. An excellent article about this animal is at Australian Department of the Environment.
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It is a story told to scare tourists for fun. People have made videos and posted photos online. But they are fake, not real. Fun to look at as long as you know it's a joke.
In case you were wondering, Australia has no native bears. The koala bear is not a bear. It's real name is koala, not koala bear. No worries. Lots of adults who do not live in Australia call it a koala bear. We call those people tourists.