The Dosseroo – 1

The Dosseroo was an Australian marsupial that became extinct in the 1970s after a series of bushfires in the Australian outback killed them all in one short week. The animals were unable to outrun the fires, either through laziness, a basic lack of fitness, or an inability to motivate themselves to preserve their existence.

The dosseroo was the marsupial equivalent of the cuckoo. A dosseroo was the exact same size as a kangaroo joey. A typical dosseroo would wait until a joey was out of his mother’s pouch and then quickly take the joey’s place. This was the only time in the dosseroo’s life when it would move at all quickly. The dosseroo would curl up inside the pouch and fall asleep for up to 24 hours at a time. All this time, the mother kangaroo would keep the dosseroo warm with her body heat.

 

From the book – Animals Evolution Avoided

Published by Julian Worker

Julian was born in Leicester, attended school in Yorkshire, and university in Liverpool. He has been to 94 countries and territories and intends to make the 100 when travel is easier. He writes travel books, murder / mysteries and absurd fiction. His sense of humour is distilled from The Marx Brothers, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. His latest book is about a Buddhist cat who tries to help his squirrel friend fly further from a children's slide.

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