4 koalas donated to S’pore for SG50 as goodwill gifts turn out to be drop bears

Posted on 23 May 2015

Drop bears are genetically different, more vicious variety of koalas that attack non-Australians.


Four koalas donated to Singapore as goodwill gifts have turned out to be drop bears.

Housed in the Singapore Zoo and prior to revealing their true identities, Paddle (aged eight), Pellita (aged six), Chan (aged five) and Idalia (aged two) were perceived to be docile, eucalyptus leaves-chewing marsupials, that help to mark 50 years of diplomatic ties between Australia and Singapore, and to celebrate SG50 year.

Before showing true colours:

After showing true colours:

Drop bears are a genetically-deviant version of the koala, which makes them vicious, carnivorous marsupials related to koalas only in superficial looks. Instead of having herbivorous biological traits, drop bears have fangs for teeth and sharp claws for tearing flesh.

They are known to drop from trees on tourists in Australia, which is unlike the irresistible charms of its real koala cousin with its large insipid-looking nose that is often used to break the ice and melt hearts and seal diplomatic treaties of peace.

The Singapore Zoo has pledged to continue to house the drop bears out of goodwill and to contain the attacks on non-Australian visitors. Immunisation shots to tourists have been made available to lessen the risk of unwanted drop bear encounters when in the zoo.

This is similar to the immunisation programme offered by Australia to tourists who go on bush trails and run the risk of encountering drop bears in the wild.

Attempts to track the drop bear population in native Australian territory have proved futile, as their aggressive nature deters the use of satellite trackers tagged to them.

Researchers have been relying on tracking the drop bears’ prey, usually made up of dead people and dingoes, in order to map their population in a particular area.


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