Anybody Fancy an Australian Safari?

I’ll get there in a minute, but before that, I just need to trackback a little bit, to explain where that headline came from.

A few weeks ago there was a TV program on about cane toads. If I remember, it went on way too long, lasting almost 2 hours. Who wants to watch the ugly cane toad for two hours?

Well, I did.

Oh, just for the record, here’s an ugly cane toad….

Anyway, the program charted the unstoppable path of the cane toad as it spreads across Australia. Remember, they were imported back in 1935 in an attempt to control the cane beetle. So they would have at first been deployed on the north eastern coast.

If you didn’t know that, then you haven’t read my post called The Greatest Ecological Threat Australia Has Seen.

Cane toads are rapidly making their way west, but they’re not stupid; they are avoiding the red centre. So they are beginning to circle Australia like a doughnut ring.

Within the last couple of years cane toads have been appearing in Perth, but those that have appeared to have made it there seem to have done so by hitching a ride. But plenty of hopping cane toads have made it to Brisbane and beyond in a southerly direction, and past Darwin heading north.

Anyway, in north-west Australia, somewhere around the Kimberley’s and some distance above Perth, volunteers are trying to prevent the inevitable march forward of these disgusting, poisonous mobile wartbags.

They go out at night, torches in one hand and bags in the other, picking up cane toads. One organisation, called Stop the Toad, claim to have removed 175,000 cane toads invading Western Australia since 2006.

It’s a dangerous job, apparently.

Why?

Because of the wild buffalo!

Yep, when I heard one of the volunteers mention that one, I nearly fell off my chair.

But it’s true, Northern Territory has wild buffalo. You couldn’t write it could you? Yes, I’m talking about these things…..

Water BuffaloPicture courtesy of Wikipedia.

Here we go again.

Water buffalo were introduced to Australia in about eighteen hundred and something as both a working animal and a food source. But when they were no longer needed, they were abandoned. And like so many other imported abandoned species, they went off to start families of their own, eat stuff and damage the environment.

Just like:

No wonder customs officers spend so long searching people’s bags when they enter Australia these days!

There are so many wild beasts up there, that some companies are running safaris, and water buffalo are the main attraction. See, I told you I would get here in the end.

A couple of years ago, February 2010, a water buffalo had a swim in the private swimming pool of a man living on the outskirts of Darwin.

Don’t believe me?

Here are the pictures.

Who knew, eh? Not me, otherwise I wouldn’t have written this.

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