And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Angry Kaluta

A great little mammal that you sometimes catch in the north-west is a Kaluta (Dasykaluta rosamondae) and wow, are these guys small and angry or what! They try to rip your fingers off!

The best way to hold an angry Kaluta when you haven't got gloves is by the scruff of the neck, like mum Kalutas do with the babies.

Cute little face, but boy what a temper!


The 50m trapline in typical Kaluta habitat, with lots of spinifex to hide and hunt in. I'm getting more Kalutas out at the end of the line.


Video of one angry Kaluta that was more interested in ripping my fingers off than getting away. The Kaluta finally decides it can't destroy them, so with a look of disgust leaps into the spinifex. The voice is my boss, who thinks it's great and is having more fun than the Kaluta!

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