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Old 01-28-2009, 05:57 AM   #256
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Old 02-03-2009, 04:28 AM   #257
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By Sunday it will have been about 40C here for two weeks straight. This forwarded to me today:

A guy at work lives at Maude. His wife sent him these photos of a little Koala which just walked into the back porch looking for a bit of heat relief. She filled up a bucket and this is what happened!




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Old 02-03-2009, 04:46 AM   #258
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^Got that forwarded as well, with the subject 'So who said koalas don't drink?'. I thought I was about to see a photo of a koala holding a stubby. And then get a virus.
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:41 AM   #259
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Guilty of posting a forward.

But she is soo000 iItty biItty cutesy SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!
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Old 02-04-2009, 03:37 AM   #260
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^ OH GOD!! That is sooo cute. BTW I've shipped ice to you and my old AC.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:25 AM   #261
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Jack and I had spring weather today, didn't we Jack? I can live with another 6 weeks of winter, as long as it continues like these 60 degree temps ...
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:06 AM   #262
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Old 02-05-2009, 05:46 AM   #263
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^ No way! *clings to coastal microclimate*
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Old 02-06-2009, 02:25 AM   #264
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Another forwarded email. This pic is from near me. I forwarded it to a friend and she said the same thing had happened to her husband who also cycles. The woman he was with gave the koala her only water bottle:

Below are some photos of what Koalas are having to do to get a drink.
The photos with cyclists were taken on Tuesday evening (3Feb) Adelaide
on the old Freeway. had been 42C had been like this for over a week.


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Old 02-06-2009, 03:35 AM   #265
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Ok ??? here. Are Koalas normally shy and antisocial with humans? Are there many Koalas in your area? Is that old hwy. only used by pedestrians and bicyclists (not autos)? What are YOU doing to stay cool and healthy? Feeling for you. It was -10 C here today - I'd rather be cold (sweaters stupid) than that hot. Are children in school? i have more ???? but will hold off.
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:14 AM   #266
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Are Koalas normally shy and antisocial with humans?

Shy, yes. Not so antisocial. We had one fall from the sky onto our decking and she was friendly enough to let us touch her. Just.

Are there many Koalas in your area?

Yes, lots. Our resident male is named Sid. As in Stoner Sid. Before we moved up here I'd never seen a koala in the wild.

Is that old hwy. only used by pedestrians and bicyclists (not autos)?

It's no longer a through road so very few cars use it. It has a good bike track along it so lots of cyclists use it.

What are YOU doing to stay cool and healthy?


I actually went to work today rather than stay home. It's cooler at work and if the power goes out, they give us priority service. These conditions are treated as an emergency situation which means the government sent us all a text message informing us it's hot and to stay cool. The maintenance department at work were far more vigilant though and have sent us detailed instructions on what to do when the power goes out up to and including going to the local service station for supplies of ice if we run out.

Other than that, drinking extra and we do have airconditioning in the bedrooms which means we don't notice the heat overnight. I'm watering heavily each night and keeping the pond topped up for the animals (I saw a possum drinking out of it one night).

We have a week of cooler weather coming up, starting Sunday.

More on the bucket koala:

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25007478-2,00.html
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Old 02-07-2009, 02:45 AM   #267
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OK more???? How do your schools deal with the heat? Or are the kids off because it's your summer.
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:00 AM   #268
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They have a hot weather policy. The kids keep their lunches and drinks inside and they don't go outside for breaks. The school canteen serves iceblocks instead of regular food. Up here where there's a lot of bushland, they all have to take a small towel to school in case of fire. (I think that last one is just for the sake of doing "something").
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Old 02-07-2009, 03:36 AM   #269
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I was asking about the roadway because I'm all for more pedestrian/cycling roadways in my state (country, dammit). A few (so far) of the old unused railroad right-of-ways have been converted for passive transportation and recreation. We just keep trying to push it through the politics.
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Old 02-07-2009, 04:04 AM   #270
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I'm all for anything that keeps them off the roads.
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