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I really should have reminded my Australian readers (all two of them) about this when it was airing on ABC1, but better late than never, yes? You can watch a review about it on SMH's The Guide and Australians can watch it on ABC iView (just search for Skippy if the direct link doesn't work). I wish I could share it more widely, but iView is locked to those on an Australian proxy. If you can find an anonymous Australian proxy that works, it will be worth the trouble.
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The first new video in... *counts on his claws and then gives up* a long long time!
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  • An extra photo of an Eastern grey kangaroo penis under Breeding and some general rearranging of that page. (The male and female genitalia pages are now at the top.)


Also, as a bonus, there's a silly photo for you on my Flickr account.
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(All these photos are from my and [livejournal.com profile] ristin's trip to Australia Zoo a few days ago.)
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These are my best photos yet of a macropod suckling, including a good shot of the teat.
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  • A new photo of a possum peeking out from a nesting box.
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An interesting article today about the effectiveness of dingo wee (their words) in warding kangaroos off rehabilitated mine sites. It would be interesting to see how effective that will be in the long term, or would they adjust to the offensive odour? (Sorry [livejournal.com profile] b_dingo.)
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[livejournal.com profile] pappasj sent me this delightful poem which was printed in the American Anthropologist, New Series, vol. 75, no. 3 (June 1973), p. 904:
Australian Fantasy
Blessed be the Kangaroo,
That sacred son of Venus,
Endowed by God beyond Mankind,
He sports a bifid penis.

The Abo, in his natural state,
Is envious of this fixture,
And so he cuts his member male,
In ambisexual mixture.

A joint effort of the Anthropology Student Seminar, University of Toledo
(I would warn my overseas readers that the use of the word "abo" is no longer considered acceptable and to never use it in conversation.)

This was intended as a tribute (?) to the following article: Singer, Philip & DeSole, Daniel E. 1967, "The Australian Subincision Ceremony Reconsidered: Vaginal Envy or Kangaroo Bifid Penis Envy", American Anthropologist, vol. 69, pp. 355-358. This article, it would seem to me, is an excellent example of the dangers of cross-discipline research. The thesis of the article is that aborigines (the most egregious fault of this article from an anthroplogical point of view is that it seems to assume the Australian indigineous population is a homogeneous group, which is of course nonsense) would slit open the penile eurethra in an initiation rite in order to emulate the bifurcated design and function of kangaroo penises. The article seems to think similarly that kangaroos are a homogeneous species in Australia. While I've never held myself out as a kangaroo expert, I can say with great authority that the penis of the two largest species of kangaroo (which I would think a typical aboriginal tribe would be more likely to emulate if they were so inclined) only has a single tip. This myth of the bifurcated penis is perpetuated widely, and was even reported in Wikipedia as fact, until I corrected the article (I'm waiting for some "expert" to "correct" it back again.). In fact, while most marsupials have a bifurcated penis (you can find an example of the Tasmanian devil's on my page) it seems from my experience to be a much less frequent "fixture" among the larger macropods.

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