I mentioned in the Koala post that I prefer kangaroos to koalas. I should have included wallabies in that statement of preference. Most people think the difference between kangaroos and wallabies is size. Most kangaroos are bigger than most wallabies, but the size difference does not always exist. The Kangaroo Island kangaroos, for example, are only about three feet tall. The real difference is the number of molars in their mouths—wallabies have one set fewer than kangaroos, which is why they usually have dantier, prettier faces than kangaroos. Kangaroos can look a bit horsey, due to that longer jaw. But I love them both. They have heaps of personality, and as one person told me (a gent on Kangaroo Island), “They make wonderful, faithful pets.” Don’t I wish.
Anyway, I do have a great affection for the creatures. Here’s a photograph of me at a national park in central Tasmania, on the shores of Lake St. Clair. The wallabies here are Bennett’s wallabies. These beautiful, gentle creatures are only too happy to share your picnic—particularly as it was spring, and the females all had joeys.