I often wonder about people’s attitudes of the past when I find articles detailing their reactions to strange and unusual creatures that they have encountered. Generally the first thing they do is reach for their gun. Nobody ever wants to catch them and find out about them.
I understand that if you out in the bush on your own and something with big teeth and claws decides you are the next course, reaching for your weapon is the only logical course of action, but generally the attitude seems to be shoot first, ask questions later, regardless of the threat.
This article is a perfect example of a complete overreaction and unnecessary use of weaponry. The strange creature they shot and sent away for identification was a koala. Hmmm.
If you have ever seen a koala in the zoo you will have noticed that it is hardly a marauding killer. In the zoo, in the bush, their behaviour is all the same. They sit, they sleep and they eat. Generally all in the same place if they can. They only move when the leaves run out, and the only time a koala ever gets scary is in mating season. Just because of the terrifying noise they make. How could these people have shot one as a new and exciting monster? It was hardly rampaging around in the treetops and threatening death from above.
If this rabbiting party had such trouble identifying a common koala I shudder to think what they could have bought home for dinner.