On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love (the creative spirit) sent to me:
Eleven Koalas up Eleven Gum Trees
Ten Snakes Slithering
Nine Screeching Cockies
Eight Green Turtles Ambling
Seven Platypus Swimming
Six Numbats Digging
Five Satin Bowerbirds Decorating
Four Australian Fur Seals Frolicking
Three Tasmanian Tigers barking
Two Superb Lyrebirds Mimicking
and a Kookaburra up a Gum Tree
We often hear these adorable Aussies called ‘koala bears’, but they are actually not bears at all. Koalas are marsupials, so they carry their young in a pouch, unlike bears which carry their young in the womb until they are well developed. The koala lives almost entirely on eucalypt leaves and they have a very low metabolic rate for a mammal, which is why they can sleep for up to 20 hours a day!
Koalas vary in size and colour depending on where they live in Australia. Koalas found in the southern distributions (Southern NSW and Victoria) tend to be slightly larger and darker than those in the northern areas (Northern NSW and QLD). This is likely to be related to the different temperatures and is a feature exhibited by many species whose distribution encompasses large climatic variations.
The most notable physical aspect of the Koala would have to be its big fluffy ears. Koalas have a great sense of hearing and an even better sense of smell. This is how they select which leaves are the best to eat. Their eyesight is not too good, and therefore detection of predators is generally by sound. They possess very strong forearms and extremely long, sharp claws for climbing.
Koala has the wisdom of selectiveness and holding on. With a firm grip on life, koala knows where he is going – even if it appears to be going slowly. Koala is very selective in the paths he takes and fosters only those paths that present the most enrichment for himself. He chooses his trees carefully, for the choice will not only provide his source of food but also a bed for the night, so Koala slowly climbs back to the ground and quickly moves to the safety of his new abode. Koala wisdom points out that we should we choose our path unwisely and move into areas that are not life-sustaining we will become lost.
Make sure your creative house is in order. Take a look at yourself and make sure you are allowing life to support you. Sit calmly and take stock of where you are and question whether this path is going to support you to where you want to go.