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I Spent A Month Searching For Drop Bears And This Is What Happened

In which I look intensely at things a lot.

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After moving here, I was faced with constant reminders that drop bears were something to always be wary of.

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This homemade drop bear warning was found near my house in South Sydney, NSW.

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I realised that if I wanted to find one, I would need to do some research. At this point, all I knew about them was that they were similar to koalas.

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"They're kinda like a koala... But not..." - Every Australian ever.

I reached out to Taronga Zoo, Sydney Wildlife Park, Featherdale Wildlife Park, Australia Zoo, LonePine Koala Sanctuary, and Melbourne Zoo, for further information.

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I’ve since received just one response, from Featherdale Wildlife Park. This is what they had to say in answer to my question, "why don't you have drop bears?"

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Their mysterious response just raised more questions. Why was there no evidence of drop bears? What were they trying to hide?! I decided it was time to go out on the hunt for a drop bear myself.

The start of my journey took me to a crowd of people, surrounding a pen of mysterious animals.

What was so special about them? Why were they drawing a crowd? I went in for a closer look, thinking they could be the drop bears I was searching for.

After a close and in-depth inspection, I came to the scientific conclusion that these were not drop bears.

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Any basic enthusiast would know that these animals - I now know are called "greyhounds" - do not have pouches for their young, and can therefore not be drop bears.

I then took my search to a large building that was mainly made of roofing.

What better place to find something that is native to Australia and likes to drop on tourists than the Sydney Opera House?

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I realised that my knowledge of the elusive creatures was still incredibly limited.

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I went back to the beginning and looked further into the drop bears' supposed cousin; the koala.

How could anything similar to these adorable creatures be capable of instilling such fear in an entire nation?

I had so many questions...

Closer inspection confirmed that maybe koalas weren't so cute and cuddly.

Have you ever seen Camilla Parker-Bowles look so terrified by a baby?

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At this point, I was of the belief that all koalas were hiding something.

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If this was a friendly koala, what was a drop bear like?

So I went undercover at Wild Life Sydney Zoo to find out more...

...I spent a morning posing as a koala keeper and learnt many things about them.

I found out that they eat many different types of eucalyptus leaves, and they mainly just eat, sleep, and poo.

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Sadly, this meant my time learning how to care for koalas shed very little insight into the life of drop bears.

I did get to meet this little baby though, and naturally fell in love.

My hopes and dreams were dashed and I had nothing to show for my weeks of effort. AUSTRALIA, do drop bears even exist?????!??!?

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