Koalas. Australia’s pride. I got to cuddle one when we went to Kangaroo Island and he held on to me like I was an Eucalyptus tree with sunglasses. I would still love to see one for real though, a wild one. There are rumors about the existence of koalas here at Flinders floating around on campus. People claim to have seen koalas at night, in trees, munching away on their favorite leaves. I am trying to believe them, I really am, but to me the thought of one of Australia’s most typical species clinging to a tree on campus, for all of us exchange students to admire, just seems a bit too good to be true. Like something the International Students Services Unit would put in a brochure, spicing reality a bit. And then something happened that made me into a believer.
Early this morning as I was out on a quite regular morning power-walk, my path was crossed by small pellets of brown matter. It very much looked like animal poo of some sort. The tree I was standing under turned out to be an Eucalyptus tree and adding the two facts together made me realize that I could potentially by looking at real, authentic koala poo. Super excited I stood still for the longest time, surveying the treetops above my head, trying to catch a glimpse of the animal responsible for the morning toilet in front of me. I saw nothing, and finally decided to get on with my workout, still pondering the possibilities in the back of my head.
As soon as I got home and got the stretches done, I sat down in front of my laptop to ask the Internet for help in this urgent matter. ‘Koala poo’ can potentially be one of my more unusual Google search terms, right up there with ‘Megan Fox toe thumb’ and ‘Baron von Greenback’. (One is an interesting looking body part, the other the bad guy from Danger Mouse.) However, I got my answer. Several pictures of koala stool matched the one I took only an hour earlier. So good news folks, we have a koala on campus!
And yes, of course I will show you what the digested breakfast of a koala looks like, here you go: