First of all, what is that abomination? That was our instinctive reaction. And second of all, why is it climbing on that kid? Seriously, is taking a photo more important than the safety of your child? After a little research, we found out that this insect is aptly named the Goliath stick insect and is considered one of the largest species of stick insects in the country.
They are masters of disguise, with numerous ingenious methods of hiding themselves. Goliath stick insects prefer keeping to themselves but are not averse to hissing and throwing their wings open to ward off predators.
An Emu at the Airport
While seeing any wild animal at an airport might sound unheard of, it apparently does happen in Australia, where Emu are notorious for being dangerous and aggressive creatures. Look closely at an emu’s face and it does seem like they’re waiting to mess you up when you least expect it. This emu appears to have waltzed into an airport to check how everyone’s doing today.
Is there some chaos to generate around here? This bird is ready for it. Just look how everyone was evacuated out of there and allowed the large bird to roam free! There’s no disputing which bird rules the roost in this town.
Typical Day in Australia
After 68mm of rainfall, all the rivers and lakes were flushed out, meaning all the animals went searching for higher ground where they wouldn't drown. Of course, that meant these cane toads could hitch a ride on a 3.5m python. Just another typical day in Australia it seems. This happened after a particularly violent storm in Kununurra, located in northwestern Australia.
Wildlife in the area scrambled to find safety after a dam’s waters began overflowing. Some people have called this the Outback Uber, which is brilliant. How generous of the python to concede, too. It gives survival of the fittest brand new meaning, and we’re here for it.
Too Cute to Cuddle
Two extremely cute and endangered barking geckos climbed up on this guy's hand one morning. They look a little bit like baby Toothless from the animated movie "How to Train Your Dragon." What with their plump tails and their little feet, we almost wish we could cuddle them. What glorious, beautiful creatures!
If dragons really did exist at some point, it makes sense that they would’ve made a home for themselves in the region we now know as Australia. No other land could contain their majesty and beauty. We’d like to think these baby geckos are remnants of that past.
When It's Really Hot
When it's so hot in Australia, you can't help but wonder why birds aren't using your birdbath. Only once you take a gander and look inside does it all make sense: there's a snake in the birdbath! Only in Australia. Turns out, even cold-blooded animals need a break from those incriminating summer days. This snake does look like it just needs a refreshing dip in the water.
A breather from the scorching sun. It’s as if the birdbath was made to order for the reptile, seeing how perfectly coiled up and snug it seems. Snakes really do manage to squeeze in anywhere. It’s a wonder how Australians manage to get any sleep at night because anyone else would be paralyzed at the thought of snakes cozying up somewhere near them.