Aug 25
2007

Swappy’s Sanity?

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I just have to say that I have the coolest spoiler for SP11. I know her as Swappy. However, I am starting to wonder if I have done something to upset her, as I received this postcard in the mail today:

Now, you may ask why I think I may have upset Swappy, as it seems incredibly sweet and generous for her to send me such a cute little koala. I thought so too, at first, but I started to change my mind as I did a little research on koalas to prepare the Fuji Mama household for Sam’s arrival. This is what I discovered:

“The Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) is a thickset arboreal marsupial herbivore native to Australia [Ok, good to know.] . . . . The Koala lives almost entirely on eucalypt leaves [Euca-what? Ok, this could be a problem.] . . . . [T]he Koala has a very low metabolic rate for a mammal and rests motionless for about 19 hours a day, sleeping most of that time. [That works for me.] Koalas that are disturbed are known to be violent, their teeth and claws capable of providing considerable injury to humans; special handling requirements are as such applicable [Uh, does anybody see a problem here?] . . . . Koalas spend about three of their five active hours eating. [I can handle that, as long as I don’t have to sit there and feed him myself.] Feeding occurs at any time of day, but usually at night. [Works for me–again, as long as I don’t have to feed him and as long as he’s not a noisy eater.] An average Koala eats 500 grams of eucalypt leaves each day, chewing them in its powerful jaws to a very fine paste before swallowing. [Again, euca-what?]

So, while I am very excited to have a koala as my very own, I am worried about a couple of things.

  1. Euca-what? and where can I get them? (500 grams a day isn’t much, I can deal with that.)
  2. Violent behavior? Capable of providing considerable injury? I’m not sure how well that’s going to go over with the hubby, the babe, and the 2 cats. I’m also a little worried about the fact that Sam will be sleeping in my bed, as Swappy has explained on her postcard that he is trained to do so. With this tendency towards violent behavior, will I need to wear a protective suit to bed or begin sleeping on the floor?

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Kathleen September 7, 2007 at 11:29 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus

I’ve seen them (and smelled them – very pungent) in dried flower arrangements!

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