A permit has been issued by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to cull 2,000 Agile Wallabies at Mission Beach along the North Queensland Coast in an area almost pristine not so long ago. Wildlife activists say that there may only be about 500 wallabies there now but a lot more humans.
For an instant the ears come up
forked and twitching like a diviner's rod
dowsing the shoreline for lethal sounds - those
faint steady fumblings before the rifle-crack."
THE WALLABIES, FLINDERS ISLAND
by Mark O'Connor
I can find the wombat
grass-snuffler, abroad in the day
like a bland hairy pig
or a fallen koala with middle-age spread;
but the small people stay in the ti-tree
watching me out in the open.
For ten thousand years they have kept their fear
without man or dingo
since the sea washed round their hills.
They long to drink, but it isn't safe,
not yet, until after the gun is heard
and the ute goes home to feed the dogs.
Yet the meek must always possess the earth
or what could the mighty steal?
Their fear has no indignation.
They are meant to be killed and eaten
and to feed in terror all their lives...
Man-smell has entered the thickets
--loud thumpings in ti-tree gullies,
glint of an eye, trembling nostril.
Only the crow, manoeuvring from post to post,
knows that my pencil is not a gun.
Many more photos of Australian animals interacting with Alan and Stella Reid at Wildhaven St Andrews Website, http://web.me.com/stellareid/Wildhaven
A study of Alice, the baby Wallaby
The study starts with Merlo and Cooper (Eastern Grey Kangaroos) watching Alice (Wallaby) in the early morning on 12th November 2009
Alice, who stands about 30cm high, contemplates sampling some new gum leaves
A little sniff before a taste.
Cleaning her teeth
Getting breakfast; had milk an hour ago.
found a good one
hold on tight