Cradle mountain critters: Bennett’s wallaby

One of the more visible mammals at Cradle Mountain was the Bennett’s wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus), a subspecies of the red-necked wallaby endemic to Tasmania.

Several lived around the Chateau where we stayed, several more near The Lodge, and one at the walker’s registration hut (it was a worry).

The Chateau and Lodge wallabies were showing relatively normal behaviour for wild animals living in a tourist zone, though I saw one eating dropped peanuts (better than bread, I guess).

The view from our hotel room window - wallaby says 'meh' to humans with cameras
The view from our hotel room window – wallaby says ‘meh’ to humans with cameras
Sunning and grooming near the lodge
Sunning and grooming near the lodge

What was not desirable: The wallaby at the registration hut. Distinctly round, sitting centremetres from the tourists, inching its nose towards any sign of food and when we signed off from the walk 3 hours later, napping in broad daylight a metre from the picnic area.

It had an extraordinary ability to understand the words 'do you want another [sandwich]' (not directed to it) and a lack of understanding of the word 'No' (actually directed to it)
It had an extraordinary ability to understand the words ‘do you want another [sandwich]’ (not directed to it) and a lack of understanding of the word ‘No’ (actually directed to it)
A common species around where we live, but cool to see lots of nonetheless (especially when they aren’t begging for sandwiches).

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