Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tie Me Down Kangaroo, Sport ...

Most likely, a lot of people are going to see this, in the days ahead, in their local papers, perhaps as a "filler article", and, almost certainly, as one of those banter-inducers between the dual-headed anchors of local news broadcasts, you know, as either the lead-in to the weather, or the nights', leave'em laughing "final item".

It surely falls into the category of Odd News;

Tassie wallabies hopping high ... WALLABIES are hopping into Tasmania's opium poppy fields and getting high

The revelation has also solved what some growers say has spurred a campfire legend about mysterious crop circles which appear in the state's poppy paddocks. In true X-Files style, Attorney-General Lara Giddings said yesterday the drugged-up wallabies had been found hopping around in circles squashing the poppies, creating the formations.

The wallabies are increasingly entering the fields and eating the poppy heads.

That causes them to get high and run around in turns creating "crop circles


Tasmanian Alkaloids field operations manager Rick Rockliff said wildlife and livestock which ate the poppies were known to "act weird" -- including deer in the state's highlands and sheep.

"There have been many stories about sheep that have eaten some of the poppies after harvesting and they all walk around in circles," Mr Rockliff said.

Skippy, The Bush Kangaroo cautions his cousins "dude, don't bogart that poppy..."

Perhaps, the officials down there, need to dig down into their cultural history, to come up with the answer, offered, many moons ago, by Rolf Harris (albeit, for a different species).

The Kangaroo Song

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