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OK, it seems I am pressured to give more information on the notorious Australian DropBear.

Now, I don't purport to be an expert on Dropbears so you need to take the following information at face value. All I can say is that if you are going to visit the Australian Outback then 'Due Diligence' should be employed if you think there may be a dropbear about.

Drop bears are commonly said to be unusually large, vicious, carnivorous marsupials related to koalas (although the koala is not a bear).  They are said to inhabit treetops and attack their prey by dropping onto their heads from above. (See picture taken by the surviving girlfriend of a British tourist)

Dropbear - look up and stay alive
Dropbear - look up and stay alive!

Around the size of a leopard or very large dog with coarse orange fur with some darker mottled patterning (as seen in most Koalas). It is a heavily built animal with powerful forearms for climbing and holding on to prey. It lacks canines, using broad powerful premolars as biting tools instead.

Various methods suggested to deter drop bear attacks include placing forks in the hair. These include having Vegemite or toothpaste spread behind the ears or in the armpits, urinating on yourself, and only speaking English in an Australian accent. (Having said this, there's no proof that Dropbears were'nt responsible for the massacre of 3 Dutch tourists at Killin' Creek in the Northern Territory in 1978)

Anyway, believe what you want. All I can say is that there have been a lot of killings and mutilations in Australia that have remained unexplained. Sure, the authorities have tried to blame these incidences on serial killers and the like, but this was only to protect our tourism industry.

The elusive dropbear
Could this blurry photo be the elusive dropbear?

Keep watching my posts for more information on this feared creature.....

See the following links for more information on dropbears...

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  • I believe the best way to avoid drop bears is to paint two eyes on the bottom of a white ice cream container and wear it upside down on your head (right way up for those of you in america). I have never been attacked while wearing one of these!

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