Last week, after all the Tunarama fun, Boatman and I decided to take the kids out to a local Station located about 30kms from the heart of Port Lincoln. Mikkira is a picnic/campground that is also home to a wild koala colony, who inhabit the much-loved (by koalas) Manna Gum trees.
And thus concludes the formal introductory part of this post, which is in no way sponsored by anything apart from a desire to get everyone out of the house for a few hours.
So we headed out to Mikkira, hoping that we would see some koalas in the wild. The kids (and I, come to think of it), have only ever seen them in captivity before. As a result, our only knowledge of these furry ‘bears’ was that they are very cute to look at and make a sound that you wouldn’t want to hear if you were stuck in the bush overnight. Not that I think I would actually want to be stuck in the bush ever; at that point I think most noises would be concerning.
There’s a few little walking trails around Mikkira which let you look at the station and the old buildings from the station’s working days. It’s quite an interesting look into South Australian history and a little sad too when you come across things like a plaque for a one day old. Even more so, when your five-year-old makes the comment that ‘one day is not a very long time to be alive.’ It’s really not.
Visiting Mikkira is also the kind of adventure that will have you reaching for the heat pack when you get home; looking up in trees for Koalas is not great for the neck.
We were pretty lucky in our visit, spotting nineteen koalas, and of those nineteen, I noticed eight different personality types. Using all my psychological knowledge (not much), and coupling it with a rather extreme imagination, I was able to create this blog post exploring the identities of humans and koalas alike.
I’m sure, as you read on, you will be as amazed at I was at the incredible similarities between humanity and one of our national icons; you may even see yourself in here.
The ‘What Type of Koala are You?’ blog post. (I did consider creating a quiz for this, but well, I didn’t. I also had to rely on iPhone photos on account of not taking my camera.Sorry. 🙂 )
The ‘I’m not really here’ Koala
There are some Koalas, like people, who would just prefer to not be seen. Like an individual who’s just bumped into someone they don’t want to talk to at the supermarket, the ‘I’m not really here’ Koalas charm lies it its ability to camouflage itself at a moment’s notice.
Or at least attempt to.
The ‘Annoyed at the world’ Koala.
This one is arguably related to the ‘I’m not really here’ Koala, but its annoyance comes from the fact that it has been spotted.
In fact, there is nothing that doesn’t annoy this marsupial. It is permanently frustrated with everyone and everything and wishes the world would leave at peace to languish lazily in a large tree.
The ‘The leaves are always greener’ Koala.
You know this guy. It doesn’t matter that he’s sitting in a tree full of delicious Manna Gum leaves, all of which, theoretically, taste the same, he’s got to reach to the highest branch to get the ones ‘up there.’ He’s never fully content, and if he can’t get the right leaves, will evolve very quickly into the ‘annoyed at the world’ Koala. (Fun Fact: they are the same one. I just used two different photos. I’ sneaky like that.)
The ‘I’m so tired I’m just going to hug this tree and sleep’ Koala
Otherwise known as ‘the parenting’ koala, this creature has managed to survive the summer holidays and is now ready to just relax for five minutes without someone bothering her. She’s not fussy — any kind of relaxtion is going to work, even if it involves embracing a splintered tree branch and holding on for dear life.
The ‘I don’t know how my life ended up here’ Koala.
We’ve all been this guy at some point. Stuck in an uncomfortable place, trying to work out how to get somewhere better, but held back by a giant bottom that is no one’s friend.
Out of all the koalas in the world, this is the one that needs hugging the most.
The original Drop Bear
Never mind Koalas, this is the creature you’ve got to look out for. Situated at the top of a barren tree, he is just waiting for the perfect moment to cannon ball from the skies onto your unsuspecting head.
Steer clear people. You have been warned.
The Tree Wombat
This is the koala that’s confused.
Actually, even I’m confused. Is this in fact a tree loving marsupial, or a wombat that lost his way?
If you see one of these, be sure to be compassionate; there’s nothing quite as bad as not knowing who (or what) you are.
The ‘I’m a koala and I’m ok with that’ Koala.
This is the ultimate ‘bear.’ He’s not confused about where the best leaves are, or if he’s a ground dweller stuck up in a tree. There’s no irritation with the world or desire to attack innocent tourists. He’s just chill cause he knows exactly who he is, and he’s going to sit in his tree and be happy forever.
This is the ultimate in koala existence.
So there you have it. The many faces of Koala not bears.
See any you recognised?
Which koala are you?