Look out! This week’s challenge is about the unexpected thrill of danger. This week, share a photo that says Danger! to you.
I love this sign, which I smile at every time I pass by. It is an Australian road warning sign, alerting drivers to be aware of animals on the road.
But what I see is a little dancing horse and HUGE wombat. Now anyone who knows anything about Australian animals, knows a horse is much bigger than a wombat. Do you think this sign indicates that?
Wombats are low to the ground, nuggety little creatures capable of doing much damage to your vehicle, if you were to hit one.
Sure they are cute but they are also solid as a rock. They are nocturnal and can create havoc on the road on dark nights, as they are very hard to spot. Although they are usually slow moving, they can run very fast when they want to.
Did you know wombats actually have a large solid plate in their backside? Their best form of defence though is when they are in their burrow. Here if they are cornered they can crush their would be predator/attacker underground using a large solid plate in their backside against the roof of their burrow. Source: Australia Zoo.
If a car hits a wombat it can be very serious for both the wombat and the car.
The horse in the sign is pictured as a tiny little prancing animal, but in reality the wild horses around our area, called brumbies, are big solid creatures. They are often black too, so blend in well at night. Many people have been injured by colliding with one of these horses. Again the horse or the wombat are also usually seriously injured if they are hit.
You would be correct in thinking that we live in a country area with no street lighting on these open roads. Night time drives can be very dangerous negotiating kangaroos, wombats, horses and even emus! Recently on a 30 minute drive home from a meeting, we counted over 20 wombats on the road – a new record by all accounts. Luckily we saw them and they us, before they turned and ran away.
Years ago this sign also included a kangaroo, but the kangaroo has now been given its very own sign further on up, as they are the most common danger on these roads.
Australian is often considered to be a very dangerous place to visit but I like to think of it this way:
Just as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so too is danger.
Or as Winston Churchill said:
The optimist see opportunity in every danger, the pessimist sees the danger in every opportunity!
Until next week!!
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