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​Survival Skills of Aussie Animals!

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The imaginative ways Australian animals adapt to our extreme conditions...

From the tropical storms of far north Queensland, to the deserts of Australia's central outback, Australia undoubtedly has some of the roughest weather conditions in the world.

Over the years, our native animals have found amazing ways to evolve with skills to survive in the wild. These survival skills include ways to protect themselves from severe weather conditions, plus ingenious ways to hunt for food to protect themselves and their young.

Our national animal the kangaroo has one of the most fascinating survival skills of all. They have the ability to put off pregnancy until the conditions for the joey are ideal. The pause may be as a result of limited food options of harsh weather conditions.

Another one of our national animals – the emu, has another fascinating survival skill. As they are considered flightless birds, you may assume their wings are completely pointless. But don’t underestimate them, they do in fact serve a purpose as operational fans to cool themselves down. As they have no sweat glands, their temperatures rise up in the Australian heat so they use their wings to cool themselves down. Just like dogs, they pant!

Wombats live on a plant based diet. They are herbivores that live on grass, shrubs, roots and leaves. Since a wombat’s diet consists of trees and bark, their 24 rootless teeth are constantly growing. This is to compensate for the wear and tear of their tough diet.

The platypus is one of Australia’s most fascinating creatures. Not only because of their looks, which seem to perceive them as part beaver, duck and otter, but their evolutionary survival skill. To assist platypuses when searching for food, they have the amazing ability to turn off other senses, and use the thousands of electroreceptors in their bill. This helps them search for food including small fish, shrimp, crayfish and worms. That’s pretty cool!


Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.