August 30, 2009 at 6:43 am #249447
I’ve only recently moved into suburbia from the country, but I can’t believe how paranoid and disconnected from nature city residents are. This morning I left an outside door open and a young goanna (only about 60-cm long) entered the unit. My guests were absolutely terrified. They said it might climb and bite (shriek, horror!) and they climbed the walls (not the goanna). The truth is the poor little guy had lost his way and blundered inside. So, I just picked him up quietly and deposited him back into the outdoors while the humans were shrieking â€“ kill it, kill it! Iâ€™m sure if it was a koala, there wouldnâ€™t have been the same reaction to destroy it. What the heck makes people so homicidal towards our precious wildlife? I saw the goanna as an indication that my efforts at restoring an ecosystem are working, but my friends and neighbours saw the scared youngster as a dangerous threat. Perhaps its time for me to move back to the bush and leave these whacko city folks to their sterile, native animal-free environment? Just imagine what they’do if the came across a real goanna at 1.5 metrres plus?August 30, 2009 at 7:32 am #429966
people are out of touch, jsut look at the ‘burbs your lucky to see birds well apart from crows and indian mynah’s whatever. these modern suburbs not even any pesky sprags(sparrows) or starlings.
lenAugust 30, 2009 at 7:55 am #429967
So true Wazza:( so when you moving. :tup::tup:
DennisAugust 30, 2009 at 8:03 am #429968
We are conditioned to the environment we were brought up in .. sometimes that is unfortunate.
Perhaps, Wazza .. your new role is to reintroduce suburbian people to our wildlife … :tup: :metal:August 30, 2009 at 8:12 am #429969
I’m still scratching my head as why you would move back to the burbs in the first place:lol:August 30, 2009 at 8:13 am #429970
Wazza Dundee 🙂August 30, 2009 at 8:14 am #429971
My thought exactly RTB:confused:August 30, 2009 at 8:20 am #429972
I’m glad to have possums and bandicoots in my backyard. In the council area I work in, people are complaining about wallabies eating the flowers, and brush turkeys destroying they super tidy gardens. I recon they are lucky to have wildlife so close. If they don’t like it move to the inner suburbs. Wildlife doesn’t like concrete too much. :pAugust 30, 2009 at 8:46 am #429973
what a bunch of wusses! Appalling that their reaction was to want to kill it, (which incidentally is illegal).
Good for you for creating an environment in which critters can live – just keep you friends away from it! Its hard to understand how a lizard could be a ‘dangerous threat’ what’s it’s going to do to them?
cheersAugust 30, 2009 at 8:46 am #429974
OH DEAR 🙁 You know Wazza all “city folk” aren’t like that. Maybe your new-found friends need to be introduced to a bit of nature (alternatively they may have been “taking the P**S”. Take them for a picnic, bushwalk.
Most Australian cities these days have a huge amount of native wildlife – we live just 10km from Sydney city centre and have possums, native rats, goannas and a massive amount of bird life. It’s all about education – though I will say most of our friends who were not born in Australia find some of our native friends a bit hard to handle…. (spiders come to mind….) 😆August 30, 2009 at 8:58 am #429975
Yeah some people just don’t understand or even think, we have learnt to live with what is here as it was here first.
We even rescue snakes from the road, I have been hit by a car while rescuing a bearded dragon…………. maybe I’m the stupid one:confused:
We don’t hurt any native wildlife but do our best to get rid of the introduced pests such as cane toads, rabbits and hares.August 30, 2009 at 10:34 am #429976
I don’t think it’s fair to label all city folk as “scared of nature ‘cos they’ve never seen it before”…
I’ve been a city girl my whole life, but like Ingferreter we live close to the city but still see more than crows, indian mynahs, starlings and sparrows. At the moment, for example, I have rainbow lorrikeets visiting daily to drink the nectar from my grevilleas. I also have skinks, green tree frogs, boobook owls, olive-backed orioles, figbirds, sulphur-crested cockatoos, butcherbirds, magpies, willie-wagtails and have even seen a couple of snakes (one was green tree snake, couldn’t see enough of the other to know) – and that’s just what I’ve seen in 3 years at this place, not counting everything I’ve ever seen in my life. Then of course there are the house geckos and assorted insects and spiders that make their way inside.
On the other hand, I once worked with a “country” guy who owned property out at Boonah who said he couldn’t stand the pink and grey galahs because they were “noisy and messy”, so he poisoned the water they drank on his property 🙁 How’s that for disconnected from nature??August 30, 2009 at 10:36 am #429977
Yep there are wierd’uns whereever you go I am afraid. They all develop from the sort of squealing ninnies that ran from Luvin’s son … Parents who raise people like that should be given a good slapping :@August 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm #429978
as for moving back to the ‘burb’s sometimes choice isn’t all ours to make, just how life tumbles along. but at least i now have the experience of what happens to birds in paricular in these new small block suburbs.
lenAugust 30, 2009 at 8:26 pm #429979
Two totally different cultures, the bush and the burbs. My SIL doesn’t visit us any more because she saw the size of the huntsman spiders that get around our brick walls. I’m not a huge fan of them either, but when you live so close you get used to one another.
When I first moved out here though, I’d shriek at the huntsmen on the walls, which would send them (and me) scurrying for shelter. It was a real eye-opener when I saw my SIL do it, because by then I’d adapted. 😆
So yes, been on both sides of the fence and know it’s a matter of what you’re used to. Out here, native animals come and go as they please. If you set about killing them, you’d have a full-time job. 😆
Although I must say, I tend to shriek in city traffic now, but my SIL cruises around like she’s taking a holiday. It’s what you get used to. I reckon you should make a real safe haven in your place, so that you can show visitors the native wildlife can be lived with. Although, I still haven’t managed to convince my SIL there’s “good” in having huntsman spiders around. 😆
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