Drop-bears (also known as Thylarctos plummets) are found in Australia. They are species similar to koalas, but dangerous. They look cute and fluffy, but are larger, have sharper claws and big teeth. Drop-bears can be found high up in the trees. Do not walk alone in a forest or jungle as there have been stories where the animals have ‘dropped and attacked’.
‘Drop Bears hunt by ambushing ground dwelling animals from above, waiting up to as much as four hours to make a surprise kill. Once prey is within view, the Drop Bear will drop as much as eight metres to pounce on top of the unsuspecting victim. The initial impact often stuns the prey, allowing it to be bitten on the neck and quickly subdued’. – http://australianmuseum.net.au/drop-bear
In my first few weeks, one of my new flatmates told me about this dangerous animal (another to add to the ‘most dangerous animals in Australia’…) He told me different stories where people had been attacked and bitten in the forests, especially in North-eastern Australia.
A busy week later passed by and I was on a trip to Noosa. Driving there, I was called upon by the call of nature. Stopping by a roadside, there were plenty of large trees and bushes to hide my modesty. Crunching beneath my feet as I walked off the pavement was lots of yellow coloured twigs. A few metres in and I slowed my pace. I was looking down for any snakes, looking up for any drop-bears, and looking ahead for any big spiders. My ears were sensitive to any small noises, my sight reflexing to any movement. It was like ‘The Wizard of Oz’ tune running through my head over and over again, not ‘lions and tigers and bears, but ‘spiders and snakes and drop-bears’!
As I moved a little closer to the tree and looking to my left side, I saw a great big spider web, the size of my body (5ft3). When I saw the spindly web there was no more walking forwards, but running carefully away back to the car. This was as close as I got to a drop-bear… in my head.
(This was a Golden Orb spider that caught my eye whilst walking through a forest. The size of a hand, black coloured with yellow legs. They eat insects, but sometimes their webs manage to trap small birds or bats, and the spider will wrap them and feed upon them.)
So if you are travelling, I would recommend to be prepared for the animals and insects that you may or may not come across.
‘LOOK UP AND STAY ALIVE’.
One more thing to say, is that drop-bears are not real. I did believe that they were real, until I researched them… They are actually based on an Australian myth, told to tourists from around the world. The Golden Orb spider however, is real.