Close Encounters with the Wonderful Australian Wildlife

kangarooIt’s been a while since I posted a video online on a Friday, so I thought today I would fix that.

I could have shown you a video of a woman throwing a shark out of a seaside rock pool, like this…

But then I discovered that this same video has been plastered over much of the UK press, making it very likely you’ve already seen it. So I scrapped that idea.

Then I heard of a ‘pumped roo’. That’s right, a bodybuilding kangaroo, a ripped marsupial with bulging biceps. Apparently, a guy was walking his dog in Margaret River when he spotted the huge animal taking a dip in the creek.

Unfortunately there were a couple of problems with featuring this as a video; firstly, this has also made big news in the UK tabloids and secondly, no such video exists.

It was all still snapshots. So, that idea never really got going, but if you would like to see pictures of the kangaroo world’s version of Mr Universe, check out the article on news.com.au.

So in the end I decided to go with a video about one of our favourite little critters down under, the snake. Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when the weather rapidly gets warmer and snakes start to reappear. This, in turn, creates much-needed work for local snake catchers all around the country.

Hopefully you haven’t come across this one wherever you are, but if you have, you’re probably still having nightmares about it. This video also acts as an introduction to a man called Karl Stefanovic, the co-host of a breakfast TV show called Today.

I’ve never seen the program in the 10 years I’ve lived here, until now I’m pretty sure I couldn’t have picked out Karl Stefanovic from a small crowd. I’ve read his name quite a lot though online, he is in the news quite regularly.

So I’m as excited as you are to watch this clip, just to see the man in action. Here he is talking to a snake catcher with a story. As regular readers will know, I have a strict no swearing policy on this website. Unfortunately, towards the end of this video clip, one slightly sweary word slips out from the snake catcher. I hope you are not offended.

I don’t think you will be, it’s quite funny. Karl Stefanovic certainly thought so…

And I always thought it was redback spiders who hid under the toilet seat. Live and learn eh?

As an added bonus for those who want to know about the wrangling shark woman, she also told her story on the same Today show. As you will see, she’s an all Aussie girl…

Life in Australia, what it’s really like. But only very occasionally, fortunately.

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  • Darren Blake November 4, 2017, 5:56 pm | Link

    Hi Bob I spoke to you not so long ago about my wife and I moving to Oz with the family and we were coming for a holiday first, well we are in Brisbane (fantastic place) whilst on a walk along sunshine beach on a path between trees and scrub land I walked within a foot of a eastern brown snake having a sunbath, if you remember I was petrified of snakes and my wife scared of spiders!
    It’s not put us of though as millions live here perfectly fine on a day to day basis. The snake was about a metre and a half long, the wife screemed and I had a heart attack, 6mth Hugo was none the wiser!

    Thanks for telling us how good Brisbane is, it’s made our minds up and will contact your guy once home in the Uk about getting visas.
    Just listening to free music on the Southbank in this amazingly child friendly country.

    • BobinOz November 6, 2017, 4:13 pm | Link

      Yes, snakes are known to go to the beach when the weather is nice. Seriously though, those tree/scrub areas often found between the road and the beach are a place where snakes like to hang out, so it’s always a good idea to keep your eyes peeled as you walk through. Sounds like you all survived though, so that’s good. 🙂

      Glad to hear you like Brisbane as well, is hard not to like it I think. Good luck with your plans, I’m sure my man will do everything he can to help.

  • Ozimandias October 15, 2017, 4:54 pm | Link

    All in all, the most typical “creepy-crawly” issue faced in Australia is the huntsman spider. This little beastie lives everywhere except the red centre. It loves to come inside in the rain. It doesn’t bite much unless handled badly.

    For most people, that is the very last thought possible.

    In the following video is an experience every Aussie knows – trying to catch the huntsman. The first part is the plastic container, followed by the bit of cardboard.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKw4zMk3WVQ

    I will try and find the more extreme versions, which are in Queensland and involve the biggest huntsmans ever. The crazy thing is the Aussies involved actually pick up the giant hunstman with their bare hands and in one case, stroke it like a pet.

    • Ozimandias October 15, 2017, 5:47 pm | Link

      this gives an indication of how fast these critters move
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvMSnqmRWD0

      • BobinOz October 16, 2017, 9:29 pm | Link

        A couple of good videos there, thanks.

        We love Huntsman spiders here on this website, so I would always recommend catching them humanely and putting them outside, check out the following post for more…

        https://www.bobinoz.com/blog/5749/time-for-our-fourth-annual-pest-control-treatment/

        They are fast though, very fast, so can be very difficult to catch. Some brave people have no problem just picking them up with their hands, as you say. They are very much a gentle spider and very rarely bite. I’m afraid I’m not one of those brave people though, I still use a very large glass, or in some cases, as above, a plastic container and some cardboard.

  • Ozimandias October 15, 2017, 4:35 pm | Link

    There was a front page article here over in the West on a giant roo the other day. The photographer found himself face to face with a 2 metre kangaroo bristling with muscles and eyeing off his dog.

    https://www.pressreader.com/australia/the-west-australian/20171013/282518658723812

    This is not a small matter as roos can attack dogs. A good story and excellent video here:
    http://www.foxsports.com/buzzer/story/watch-a-man-box-a-kangaroo-in-order-to-rescue-his-dog-120516

    • BobinOz October 16, 2017, 9:19 pm | Link

      Yep, that’s the same roo. Big lad, isn’t he?

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