~~ by tkbrown
4 December 2020 — What would be your response–action, reaction, non-action, somewhere in between–if you came home from work and when you walked into the area accentuated by the Christmas tree, found it to be graced by a new decoration–oddly enough, a marsupial? I could not help but do a double-take when I saw the picture of the newly decorated Christmas tree.
A woman in southern Australia did just that. She walked in to find a local marsupial clinging to her Christmas tree. In fact, it was such an unusual occurrence as to cause the local 1-300koalaz line to think it was a prank call. Not so, this call. When she arrived home, she found a real live koala to be the newest decoration on her Christmas tree. If you would like to read the article and see the picture, click this url: Koala found in Australian Christmas tree – CNN – CNN.com www.cnn.com › koala-christmas-tree-australia-scli-intl. It makes an interesting read.
Upon realizing the call was a genuine request for assistance with a koala on the Christmas tree, the organization responded, removed the marsupial to a locale more suited to its lifestyle while still allowing it to interact with humans in a safe environment.
The report on CNN went on to note a common error people make when referring to the coala as a “bear.” The koala is a marsupial rather than a bear. Marsupials are mammals which carry their young in a pouch on the mother’s abdomen. It is birthed in a stage of development requiring protection which allows continued development for some time yet. Australia seems to be a preferred homeland for marsupials. Interestingly enough, North America (north of Mexico) is home to only one species of marsupial–the opossum.
Guy, Jack. (3 December 2020). Koala found in Australian Christmas tree. CNN. Microsoft news on msn.com. (3 December 2020). http://www.cnn.com › koala-christmas-tree-australia-scli-intl.
Eds. Wikipedia. (1 December 2020). Marsupials. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Powered by MediaWiki. (4 December 2020). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marsupial.
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