Bennett’s Wallaby spotted!

Yesterday I posted our Mammals Hit List of critters we hope to see in Tassie.  Amongst them is the Bennett’s (a.k.a. Red-necked) Wallaby.  However I’m pleased to report that we have already seen them in the wild, and without subjecting ourselves to all the tiresome discomfort and humiliation that is the lot of the international air traveller.  Bennett’s Wallabies are alive and well, and living in the north of the Isle of Man.

We were there in July 2016, staying close to the Curraghs Wildlife Park, and on a couple of trips to the local nature reserve we saw up to eight wallabies going about their business, including this fine specimen.


PHOTO CREDIT: jpotto All Rights Reserved

The wallabies are thought to have been at large in the Isle of Man since 1989, and are doing well.   Good on yer, cobbers!


Author: Platypus Man

"Platypus" is a red herring: I'm English, although my blogging career began in my record of a 2016 road trip to Tasmania. Other blogs followed covering road trips in Newfoundland (2017), the Yellowstone area of the USA (2018) and New Zealand (2019). My current project is "Now I'm 64" , a weekly blog covering UK travel and wildlife, along with bits of history, social commentary and moans about the injustice of aging. I can guarantee a few laughs, and also the occasional rant. Some of it's even quite well written!

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