The Koala.

In Australia there is no better example of a much revered native animal than the koala. It seems the world too has become its friend as well. No sooner do tourists arrive and within a day or so, they are seen holding up cameras on the end of an extendable stick at koala parks. The koala isn’t shy of tourists and generally behave well. They don’t bite or scratch even though they have sharp claws made to good use when climbing trees. I am always amazed but secretly wished that a native animal would finally defecate on a politician when they try and curry favors with the electorate by holding a Joey kangaroo or koala. 

There is indeed no cuddlier animal ( apart from my Jack Russell, Milo) than the koala. The National Party of Australia is trying to fight new legislation to strengthen protection of native animals making it harder for farmers to clear land, and reduce the habitat of the koala. The Koala is already under threat of extinction because of deforestation. The Honest Government  Ads company has put hard hitting ads on the media. They are filmed in Melbourne and specialise in contemporary political and social satire. They are also known for internet Ads series under The Juice Media. I do hope the ad will make life for the koala more certain.

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17 Responses to “The Koala.”

  1. leggypeggy Says:

    Aw, give Milo a pat from me.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Milo has now reached a level of tricking for treats sophistication that he will only allow patting in exchange for a treat and, only the dried liver will do now! He now will only go outside for a toilet break after a treat.
      That’s right. He gets a treat to go to the toilet. H’s slowly taking over.

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  2. Robert Parker Says:

    Good punchy ad.

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  3. Curt Mekemson Says:

    The battle over man’s assumed right to make as much money as he can regardless of the circumstances is unending, Gerard. May the Koala— and Milo— prevail. –Curt

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  4. janesmudgeegarden Says:

    Yes, it’s an excellent ad that probably won’t get the air time it deserves.
    I really don’t understand why any more land needs to be cleared. Australia grows more than enough food. Enough for its people and enough to export. It seems there’s no end to the culture of greed. The climate here is challenging enough for our native animals without our adding more stress by excessive land clearing.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Jane. And so much food gets thrown out. I sometimes see workers at the large supermarkets going around filling trolleys full of food whereby some date has passed. In restaurants we seem to now follow the US by giving enormous plates of food that no normal person can possibly eat up. You see obscenely oversized people grazing from those large plates of food and even then food is left, mainly green coloured.
      What is life about if not living within our means, and in balance with nature?

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      • janesmudgeegarden Says:

        Those meals in restaurants and pubs are something else, aren’t they? Two people could easily share one of them.
        I think in France there’s now a policy that out of date food from supermarkets must go to the needy. What and enlightened outlook.

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  5. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us, Gerard!
    I am rooting for the koalas…may they survive AND thrive!
    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…I think Milo is cuddlier than any koala! 😉 🙂
    PATS and RUBS to Milo! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, the koala is under threat and the large mega bushfires of last year wiped out so many colonies of wild life, especially the koala was hard hit. The live of a special type of eucalypt leaf which some people believe makes them continuously intoxicated and that results in their moving about very sluggishly. That is not really true. Here some interesting facts about the koala.https://cairnszoom.com.au/are-koalas-drunk/
      Hugs to you and Cooper,
      Gerard

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  6. Meindert Muller Says:

    We in Born, Holland, are privileged being able to go to the local Zoo and admire two (2!) kangaroos. Especially the grandchildren love it. However, far from home and lonely, the animals seem quite apathetic and they hardly jump. And jumping kangaroos is what we expect to see! But, the beasts are well fed and save. Will this be the dilemma for wildlife: living free but threatened in burning and shrinking terretories or locked up and lovingly cared in a Zoo?.. We still miss two koalas.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Meindert, animals kept in zoos have always been a bit of a contentious issue. Of course, many zoos now try and give the animals as close as possible similar environments as their native habitats.
      I remember as a small boy being taken to the zoo and feeling pity for a tiger in cage that just spent the entire time walking up and down his cage. Luckily, that has now changed.

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  7. shoreacres Says:

    Koalas deserve all the help they can get. As for good political satire, I love it, whether from the right or the left. Like true humor, it seems to be as endangered as the koala these days!

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