Dosseroo – 2

The problems would usually start when the joey came back and tried to enter the pouch. Some mothers would shoo the joey away as they’d feel the dosseroo in the pouch and assume it was their baby. Other mother kangaroos would recognise the joey and try elaborate methods to extricate the dosseroo, even occasionally insisting that a male kangaroo kick their pouch very gently to make the dosseroo leave.

After the 24-hour period was over, the dosseroo would usually leave the pouch to eat some vegetation before lying down on the ground to wait for another joey to leave a mother’s pouch.

Excerpt from – Animals Evolution Avoided

 

The Poodle Shark – 1

The Poodle Shark is so called because of the round knobs of cartilage that were found at the top and bottom of its tail, on the top of its dorsal fin, and on the ends of its pectoral fins. These round protuberances hindered the shark’s passage through the water, slowing its progress by about 20% due to the resistance of the water against the knobs.

Where the knobs did come in useful was during a feeding frenzy. Most sharks attack with their teeth, which are their only weapon. Poodle sharks are different. Not only do they have sharp teeth, they are also able to attack with their tail and fins, which are very flexible. A poodle shark is able to swish its tail and hit its competitors in the face with its tail knobs, as well as hitting other sharks with the pectoral knobs and biting yet more sharks with its teeth.

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

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