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Outdoor art or athletic event?

May 21, 2013
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'Plop-on-a-rock'

‘Plop-on-a-rock’

If you have living in your locale Common Wombats (Vombatus ursinus),  Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) or Swamp Wallabies (Wallabia bicolor) you will be familiar with the phenomenon known in our house as the ‘plop-on-a-rock’. You’re walking along and there you see precariously perched on a rock or piece of wood or even on a tuff of grass, poo from the aforementioned creatures.

'Bog-in-a-log'

‘Bog-in-a-log’

One can only wonder at why these public installations exist. A friend of mine who is a Swamp Wallaby guru suggests that as the wallaby drags its tail over a protruding object like a rock, hairs at the base of the tail trigger the events which lead to what we see. Far be it for me to second-guess the experts but there seems to be a degree of exhibitionism in the resulting structures. Thinking about it, the athleticism and sheer precision involved in the creation is staggering (not that I have tried it mind you). I have recently even found poo inside the upright hollowed tree stump of a Silver Birch (Betula pendula) (pictured above right). Precision indeed.

Evidence of 'A**e-on-the-grass'

Evidence of ‘A**e-on-the-grass’

Are these installations a result of a macropod public art competition or an event in the kangaroo Olympics? I don’t know. If anyone can shed light on this please comment.

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