In all the time I lived in England I’m sure I never came across the words Brumby, Brumbies or Brumby’s. But we have the word here in Australia, so what does it mean?
I know, let’s turn this one into a quiz. So, what does it mean?
- a) it’s the name of a bread shop.
- b) it’s a wild Australian horse.
- c) it’s the name of a rugby team.
Up until about an hour ago, I would have opted for a), because Brumby’s is the name of a franchised baker’s store here in Australia; we even have one down the road from my house.
But about 45 minutes ago, as I was researching tonight’s post, I found out that a Brumby is also a free-roaming feral horse in Australia. Here we go, this is a story we’ve heard before.
These horses were first brought into Australia in 1788 to do farm and utility work. Then some escaped, some were released into the wild because they weren’t needed, blah, blah, blah and now Australia has something like 400,000 feral horses roaming around the countryside.
So, where have we heard this before? Add Brumby’s to this list:
Red Ant aside, all of these animals were imported into Australia to do a job; mostly, they failed to do that job or were no longer required for it.
Result; they all went off to mooch around the countryside, doing not much of anything except extending their families.
So now, all of these creatures are being culled in one way or another. I’m all for it when it comes to the Red Ant and the cane toad, but it’s sad when it’s happening to rabbits, camels, water buffalo and Brumby’s.
There are plenty of sad videos about the plight of the Brumby’s, here’s one that celebrates their beauty….
Oh, nearly forgot, the brumbies are also a rugby team, they come from Canberra. So it doesn’t matter which one you when for, a) b) or c) – you were right!