Our Wonderful History
When the English settlers first arrived in Australia, they found the country overrun
by huge rats. Horrified, they set about eradicating them by clubbing them to death.
These animals were in fact Potoroos, now extinct in the wild.
1920's a delicacy in the market for feasting on as Sunday roast, bought in bundles
of one dozen, were brush-tailed Bettongs. Then as numerous as rabbits, now sadly
extinct in SA in the wild.
These marvelous "rat kangaroos" actually plant their own gardens. They bite seeds
to crack their outer shell to assist with germination, dig a small hole and stomp
the earth down with their hind feet. In a few weeks they are able to reap the fruits
of their harvest. I had a beautiful crop of sunflowers that they planted in my front
a sad track record we have to follow.
Today, in our wisdom and superior knowledge, we treat our most intelligent marsupial
as vermin to be eradicated - the brush tail possum. Have we not learned anything
from our ancestors' mistakes? Will we be shocked when this wonderful animal is also
declared extinct? Along with the hairy nosed wombats, the rainbow lorikeets, etc.