What the hell’s a wallaby?

A Butler man (Yay for you, Fayette! This isn’t about you!) has been accused of keeping a wallaby as a pet and this is the part of the post where I tell you that I know OF the wallaby, but I do not believe I would recognize a wallaby if one walked, slithered, hopped, flew, or trotted up to me and slapped, licked, snarled, hissed, cawed or barked in my face.

Because as you can see, I honestly don’t know what the hell a wallaby is other than P. Sherman lives there at house number 42.

Do you?





Now go Google it and see if you got it right, you uneducated mate.

Then go Google “baby wallaby” and OMG. THE CYOOOOOOOOOOT!

I have named him FooFoo and he is my tootsiepoppet.


  1. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    May 10, 2012 4:53 pm

    Until my trip to Australia, I wasn’t quite sure what a wallaby (c) was either. After getting to feed one — along with the kangaroos, wombats and emus — I was quite a fan. The koala, while it looked cute and cuddly, is another story. My friend paid extra to get her picture taken with the koala (I passed because I’m cheap like that). The trainer held the koala. The koala reached over and bit my friend in the arm right as the photographer snapped the picture. It took close to a dozen stitches to close the wound. The expression in the picture is one of pure terror. We laugh about it now. The emus were nasty, too.

  2. Brett
    May 10, 2012 5:25 pm

    Being an Australian myself I grew up with all of these animals. As I mentioned on twitter, look for a baby wombat, wombats really are a character of an animal. Or perhaps a specific breed of wobbly (I mean wallaby), such as the rock wallaby (yellow footed, black footed, or brush tailed).

    Koalas are referred to “drop bears” for a reason, although nothing to do with dropping on unsuspecting passers by of a eucalyptus gum tree (but you have been warned!) :) It is more their cranky nature that gains that reputation as exemplified by the comment above!

    Emus really are just a curious bird and they like to steal food, from (and including) your fingers if the opportunity arises.

    You should also research a show called “Skippy” something I grew up with as a kid, and when you do you will think all Australian boys had pet Kangaroos and whistle with gum leaves to call them!

    • Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
      May 10, 2012 5:52 pm

      I should clarify that the emus were only nasty because they did try to take my fingers after taking all of the food from my right hand and then just charged after the container in my left. After they had all of the food, they were pretty nice.

      • Brett
        May 10, 2012 10:19 pm

        My earliest memory of an Emu was when it decided my sisters food, in her hand, inside a car, with the window open was fair game :) She would have been all of about 4 or 5 at the time :) Funny, I don’t think she likes them to this day …

    • VA Pens Girl
      May 10, 2012 9:57 pm

      Oooh, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo? I remember that show, but hadn’t thought of it in years. As a child, I always thought Kangaroos, Wallabies & Koalas were so cute (stuffed animal wise, never seen any in person). I hated finding out, as a teenager, that Koalas were mean.

  3. johnaz6312
    May 10, 2012 7:44 pm

    Ginny! Just wanted to point out that you are soon going to have quite a ZOO in your house once all these CUTE animals show up and take up residence in your house.Oh yeah and quite messy too. Hope your family is ready for them :}

  4. bluzdude
    May 10, 2012 8:26 pm

    I’m not from Australia, but I’ve been to a zoo. The wallaby is C.

    Or was it a children’s book?

  5. Butcher's Dog
    May 11, 2012 10:13 am

    Emu is a favorite of NY Times Sunday crossword puzzle authors. That’s as close as I care to get.

  6. PA Girl in VA
    May 11, 2012 11:23 am

    Thanks for the Finding Nemo reference – LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that movie! And yes, I knew a wallaby was a marsupial that resembled a small kangaroo :)

  7. red pen mama
    May 11, 2012 2:24 pm

    I got it right on the first guess, but whatever (B) is looks totally badass.

  8. Janelle
    May 13, 2012 3:18 pm

    I got it right because of the show Rocko’s Modern Life from my childhood. Rocko was a wallaby.