The Exotic Animals of Australia

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There are many places on earth that you can visit on your vacations and family holidays, but Australia tops the list for places with unusual animals. There are some of the strangest animals living in this part of the world. For some reason, Australia has the largest collection of unusual animals in the world.

The kangaroo is one of the most unusual animals in the world and Australia is its home. All over the world, people associate the strange looking animal with the country of Australia. It is on the money and the national symbol of Australia. In Australia there are four different kinds of kangaroo. The red kangaroo, eastern gray, western gray and antilopine are the different types of kangaroo that are found in the country The red kangaroo can stand as tall as six feet seven and some weigh over two hundred pounds.

When people first started visiting this part of the world, the tales of the exotic creatures started reaching back to all areas of Europe. Can you imagine how the tales of the kangaroo sounded to those back in Europe when travelers returned with the story? It looks similar to a deer in the head area, but it stands on only two legs. The animal hops on the two back legs and babies are held in the front pouch. The stories must have sounded like exaggeration to the folks back home. It is clearly understandable because some people may not have believed the tales of the strange creatures.

The Tasmanian Tiger is another animal that once roamed the countryside of Australia. The animal is now extinct but it once hunted the kangaroo. The Tasmanian tiger is actually similar to a wolf but it has the strips of a tiger extending from the shoulders to the tail. The animal is actually a marsupial like a kangaroo or a koala bear.

The Tasmanian tiger is no longer roaming the countryside of Australia with the last one dying in the London Zoo during the 1930s. Even though these unique and unusual creatures are currently extinct, there have been some reports in Australia of the Tasmanian tiger, but these reports have been unsubstantiated.

Source by Deon Du Plessis