Oz is a 5-year-old cat with a unique characteristic that makes her purr-fectly pertinent for news about Australia.
This peculiar pussy’s special snout is adorned with an amazingly accurate map of Australia!
Incredibly, Oz is from Australia.
The Oriental Longhair breed first made news when she was shown at the Royal Easter Show in Sydney a few years back.
Lucky for Oz that her unique markings clearly resembled Australia.
When it comes to Down Under-related cartography, be particularly careful when it comes to the Map of Tassie, which has an entirely different meaning to what it suggests, but considering Oz, at least maintains the pussy connection.
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, probably the most-loved Australian children’s TV program in history, has turned 50 years old.
The first episodes screened in Australia in February 1968 and the show remains popular to this day, though only three series comprising 91 episodes were made.
The show premiered outside of Australia. Its run in Japan had effectively ended before Skippy showed in Australia, mainly because the series was made in color, which did not arrive in Australia until 1975. Skippy told the story of a grey kangaroo and her best friend, a young boy named Sonny Hammond, played by Garry Pankhurst in his only role of significance in an acting career that had finished by his teens. Pankhurst grew up to work in the hospitality business and eventually ended up exporting kangaroo meat for consumption in Asian countries.
Sonny’s father, Matt, was the head ranger at the (fictional) Waratah National Park, as depicted by Ed Devereaux. Other cast regulars included Sonny’s brother, Mark, portrayed by Ken James, the park pilot, Jerry King, played by Tony Bonner, and park receptionist, Clancy, performed by Liza Goddard.
Skippy was the marsupial equivalent to the likes of Lassie, Flipper and Rin Tin Tin, to name a few animal sleuths, solving all sorts of problems and achieving all manner of feats worthy of a superhero.
In addition to the TV series, in 1969 there was also the release of a feature-length film called Skippy and the Intruders. See the movie here.
Skippy’s iconic theme also proved to be a winner for transplanted Pom, Eric Jupp, who wrote and performed it. On the back of the successful son, Jupp released a series of Skippy-themed singles, including the main theme.
Skippy remained an integral part of the Australian TV landscape long after its original run.
In 1992, an updated version of the show ran, called The Adventures of Skippy.
In this show, Andrew Clarke played a grown Sonny Hammond, himself now a park ranger, but who retained strong ties to Skippy.
Even this series had a Japanese angle, as you can find out by watching the show below.
And, just as a bonus, here’s the French version of the show’s opening titles. Skippy – générique en français
A Strayan woman is causing waves for “deep-throating” a dead joey (baby kangaroo).
Pig hunter Natalie Cepeniuk is being attacked online for posting online a photo of her sticking a dead kangaroo’s head in her mouth with the caption that she “may have deep throated a joeys neck.”
イノシシ狩りのナタリー・セペンユックさんがネット上でカンガルーの死体を飲みこむ写真投稿し、「ジョイ＜子カンガルーのこと＞を＜奥まで入れたかも＞」と写真説明を付けた。 Cepeniuk, who admits to being no angel following a spate of criminal charges last year, calls her critics “greenies and haters,” and defends her actions.
She may actually be supported by the Australian Government, which advises that there are cases where the humane euthanizing of joeys whose mothers have been killed is the painless option. オーストラリア政府もセペンユックさんも賛同するかもしれない。母カンガルーが死んだ場合、その子カンガルーを安楽死させることが思いやりある選択と助言する。 Related Stories ‘If I had a bit of meat from the joey no one would be crying about it!’ Female hunter hits back at critics after she posted a photo on social media with a dead joey’s neck in her mouth