Friday, June 27, 2008

Hairy Nose Wombat Endangered

Australia's large, hairy nose wombat is facing extinction. So the country's treasury chief, the state's CFO, is taking a five-week leave to go care for 115 of the little animal treasures. With an inflation rate approaching a 16-year high and fuel prices on the rise, this has naturally attracted some attention and comment. Not that Aussies have any trouble saying what's on their minds. Read about the brouhaha, here.

For background, there are fewer of these, unusual short-legged Aussie Marsupials than there are Giant Pandas in China. Marsupials are nature's strangest beasts. And Australia has so many; Koalas, Kangaroos, Numbats and Bandicoots, while the rest of the world has so few. In fact, Australia is the only place on Earth where Marsupials dominate the ecosystem over their placental Mammal cousins (source: Wikipedia).

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