I did not know that

While paging through my wife’s mammal ID guide the other day, I had quite a surprise when the very first image in the color plate section was of…a wallaby. Frowning, I closed the book to look at the cover again. Mamíferos de Portugal e Europa; okay, no, Australia is not included. Wallabies?

Of course I had to check the text and range map. It says (translated), “Population localized in the Peak District, English Midlands and, since 1975, near the Loch Lomond, Scotland.”

Wow. There are wild wallabies in the UK. I did not know that.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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4 Responses to I did not know that

  1. JR says:

    I’m pretty sure I read…in the Guardian? The Times? I can’t remember, but I’m pretty sure I read an article about a plan to eradicate the wallabies since they were an invasive species. That would’ve been in either 2008 or 2009–I wonder if they went through with it.

  2. Jenn says:

    “It’s the loch ness monster!” No wait, it’s just a wallaby. Lol.

  3. Alma says:

    Well, there are heaps of vild European herbivores in Australia, so why not the other way around? 😉

  4. ozrob says:

    I think the wild wallabies are descended from zoo/wildlife park escapees, but there is also a market for them on large estates as low maintenance, non-destructive, environmentally friendlier lawnmowers. They are cute, although I’m not sure the gardeners who are no longer employed to tend those grand lawns would agree!

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