The Tasmanian tiger
, or thylacine, is extinct (the last known died in captivity in 1933). The Tasmanian devil
is still very much in existence.
Tasmanian tiger (Thylacine)
The Tasmanian Devil being a nocturnal marsupial is very rarely seen in the wild. Most people see them in the various zoos. They are the size of a small, well-built dog (e.g. Staffordshire Terrier), and do have a bad-temper if provoked, and have been known to feed on sheep on farms.
The platypus is one of only two egg-laying monotremes in the world (the other being the echidna). A monotreme being an egg-laying mammal. A marsupial is defined as an animal which carry it's young in a pouch, so most of the Australian native animals are in fact marsupials, not mammals. The laying of a platypus' eggs are more like a lizards. It wouldn't be possible to tame a platypus, for the fact that behind each rear limb are poisonous spurs, which the males use to jab a competitor. They do give a nasty effect to humans as well.
Koala's do have a tendency to bite, but it is possible to tame them if they are young. You wouldn't want to go near an adult male koala in the wild. Not only do they have a bite, but their claws are quite long and sharp as well.
It is very possible to tame dingo's....just keep them away from your baby
, but again only from a young age.
Isn't he just the cutest thing you have seen? And the dingo ain't half bad either!
The wombat doesn't live in logs. It digs burrows in the ground which is where they live and breed. The most famous wombat would have to be "Fatso, the Fat Arsed Wombat"
Kangaroos are generally timid by nature, and in the wild are afraid of humans. Having said that, male red kangaroos during mating season are quite "vicious" and they have been known to attack humans (and their kicks can kill). But, the people who I sold my house to (in the suburbs) had a full-grown male "Big Red", which they reared from a joey, and all it does it sit around all day in the sun. The sound they make is BOING, partly because of the spring when they "hop", but also because that is the noise they make when they bounce of your 4WDs roo bar
Kookaburra's, as Windsong said, you don't see a lot, but walking thru the bush you can sure as hell here them. Having said that, for the last year I have had a daily visit from a kookaburra which comes and sits on my front lawn waiting for a feed of mince. Only just recently has it let me anywhere near it.
The native animal I have a lot of respect for would have to be the goanna; ever since I was chased by one in the Bungles Bungles whilst out camping. They grow to about 1.75 m in length, and when they run, boy do they build up some speed.
Other native animals include the quokka (only found on Rottnest Island, 15km off Perth), numbat (only found in SW WA), bilby, quoll, cassowary, jabiru, emu, wallaby, cockatoo, budgerigar, and so on and so on.
It is illegal to keep any native animal without a permit, but the authorities turn a blind eye with cockies, budgies, and some other native birds. There is a roaring illegal export trade in native birds, where a pair of sulphur-crest cockatoos can fetch up to US$15,000 in Japan.
You can find out more on native animals at http://www.zoo.org.au
Come to think of it the only native animal you are legally allowed to keep in captivity without a permit is a bunyip