This post is 'dedicated' to the noisy koalas in our garden, who have kept MOTH & I awake for the past 3 nights. Almost to the day & right on cue, our local boy koala once again put his Barry White CD's on the koala stereo on Friday night & went off looking for luuuurve. As posted in previous November's here & here, the koala breeding season in The Hedge's garden is short & sharp, extremely noisy & every year is conducted right outside our bedroom window.
- the boy koalas are highly vocal.
- they advertise their mating prowess with loud snarling calls, deep bellows & grunts which are meant to impress the females.
- the female lets the boy know she's up for it by emitting a sharp, screeching noise similar to a fighting cat.
- the male chases the female across the ground or up a tree until he catches her, or unless she can outrun or fight him off.
- the deed then takes place, with the ensuing noise between the two of them described as a cross between 2 ferrets fighting & a chainsaw.
- it only lasts for 90 seconds & the male then packs up his CD's & moves on, looking for luuuurve in the next tree.
Unlike other years, there was no sign yesterday morning of either party. MOTH thinks they headed off to a stand of eucalypts next door to bask in the afterglow & sleep it off. As we are desperate for a peaceful night's sleep, we are hoping that Barry has weaved his magic & all this loud, amorous cavorting is well & truly over for another year!