Drop Bear

Drop bears are carnivorous, tree-dwelling marsupials found throughout Australia. Their preferred dwelling is eucalyptus trees or gum trees. They are related to koala bears, though larger and equipped with sharp teeth and razor-like claws. Sometimes people refer to them as the koala bear's evil twin.

Drop bears prefer to feed at night. They wait in trees and then drop down on top of their prey, usually instantly knocking it unconscious. They will then proceed to devour it. They will quite readily attack creatures larger than themselves, including humans.

The only known way to deter a drop bear is to spread toothpaste or vegemite behind your ears and on your neck. It also makes sense not to pitch your tent beneath a tree that contains a drop bear. A good way to find out if a drop bear is in a tree is to lie down beneath the tree and spit upwards. If a drop bear is sleeping up there, it will wake up and spit back.

Australians are known for going to great lengths to make sure that backpacking tourists are aware of the dangers posed by drop bears. Young children attending camp are also frequently warned of this threat to their safety.

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Yes, Drop bears are carnivorous, tree-dwelling marsupials found in Australia. They preferred dwelling in eucalyptus trees or gum trees.
Posted by online dominoesplay dominoes  on  Tue Dec 15, 2009  at  12:35 AM
Some claim that it is entirely derived from Aboriginal folklore and supposed 'fossil evidence'. Others claim that the source of this reputedly farcical animal can be traced to real-estate agent Larry Kingship.
Posted by Canasta  on  Wed Dec 16, 2009  at  12:54 AM
Jeez...I am in Melbourne Australia, you guys. Drop bears are a myth used to wind up tourists. I have never seen one and I spent four years in the bush.
Posted by Eliza  on  Fri Jan 01, 2010  at  12:27 AM
🧛 i love drop bears there adorabal i would love to go there agian
Posted by jessica rodriquez  on  Mon May 24, 2010  at  12:55 PM
Hi , to be honest with you , you dont need to be in Australia to be attacked by the drop-bear.They also live in some forested areas in Scotland and to be reasonable putting a stick on your head will actually be very helpful and may stop an attack as a drop-bear thought he would be lucky and pounce on a deer and when he bit into him he was got a huge fright as he was solid and the sticks seem to them as antlers.Thanks M.... Unknown :D
Posted by Unknown ? :D  on  Sun Jun 13, 2010  at  02:42 PM
It's true. I've seen 'em drop right out of the sky and onto people around the circular quay area. I don't believe what he says about vegemite being a deterrent, these guys love it! Especially on bread.
Posted by Hayley  on  Fri Oct 01, 2010  at  04:31 AM
I'm agree with ignorance in brisbane but, it's all so pretty. I never comment on those blogs, even when the content is great
Posted by charlotte SEO  on  Sat Oct 02, 2010  at  07:38 AM
look drop bears are not real they are just koalas that look like bears at night cause thats wen they perposibly feed
Posted by he he  on  Thu Oct 28, 2010  at  04:15 PM
Are drop bears real? They are mentioned in the 2nd tomorrow when they war began book.
Posted by anonymous  on  Fri Feb 18, 2011  at  03:28 AM
it wouldnt be koalas it couldnt be! koalas are cute and cuddly! we see them all the time at my school! so there!
Posted by koala bear  on  Fri Feb 18, 2011  at  03:29 AM
In response to Rosie Palmer's story (above): One day I was driving in New England at night, enjoying a long trumpet shaped spliff (same as the doobie Rosie talked about), with my driver's side window down and arm resting on the sill, doing 'bout 90 k's. I saw the drop bear moving out of the woods on my right, and apparently bedazzled by the headlights canter right into the path of my vehicle. It missed the radiator grille, however, the bear collided with my driver's door, and for a split second, the bear's furry head was projecting into the vehicle cabin, mere millimetres from my own face. In fact I could smell the bear's clammy, eucalyptus-laden breath as its whiskers brushed my face. There was an almighty bang as it hit the side of the car. I stopped and got out, walking back towards the prostrate, pot-bellied furry form of the drop-bear unconscious on the tarmac. I had by this time forgotten about the spliff I had been smoking, but as I drew nearer, saw a puff of frosty smoke arise from the gaping mouth of the bear, and drawing even closer could see the distinctive trumpet shape of my spliff, balanced and hanging from the side of the rascal's mouth. His eyes had been following me as I drew nearer. He jumped up from the ground and giving me a disdainful final glance, galloped off into the night, with the glowing stump of my reefer firmly gripped between the teeth at the side of his mouth, like a professional stogey-smoker. The nerve of the fellow!
Posted by Oksanna  on  Wed Nov 28, 2012  at  06:28 AM
My Aussie friends assure me that the best defence against drop bears is to wear a strongly built pointed hat of the type generally worn by witches when in the vicinity of eucalyptus trees. The result is that the bear is liable to ascend considerably faster than it descended. Or possibly it will be spitted ready for the barbie.
Posted by Graham  on  Thu Feb 28, 2013  at  10:59 AM
yes drop bears are real. theyre thought to be a cross between a koala and possably a tasmanian devil or the now extinct tasmanian tiger.the best way to ensure your safty from these nasty critters is to keep a dingo as a pet .sure some people like to joke but hear are the facts : they do live in trees , they do have nasty teeth and claws , they do drop on their prey and devour them . toothpaste or vegimite behind the ears will help detur them, and yes hey hybernate when summer is over. spitting upwards will definately help find them but i dont reccomend it cuz when they drop down , its to hard to get away if your laying on your back. i find a really good way to stay safe while hiking is to sing waltzing matilda , i dont think they like the sound of that song
Posted by peter  on  Sat Mar 09, 2013  at  04:47 PM
Now everyone has had some fun,It's time to get the real story.
Just a few colonies have survived and they are in dense remote bushland.
Most attacks on people are thourght to be acccidently, that's why so many have lived to tell the tale.
Vegemite was developed by C.S.I.R.O. in 1930 and has saved many Aussies since.
THEY FACE EXTINCTION and wthout help will be lost forever.
(The Drop Bear Preservation Society)
Posted by KEVIN  on  Fri Mar 28, 2014  at  08:09 PM
they are real!
Posted by Drop bear  on  Sun May 18, 2014  at  03:11 PM
I'm surprised people are even speculating on this. Drop bears are absolutely real, they are the third biggest killer in Australia behind the Huntsmen spider and the Poisonous Possum.

Nobody has ever survived a drop bear attack to live to tell the tale, but campaigners are out there such as Drop Bear Aware, putting up signs and warning tourists of the danger. Let's face facts, why would a drop bear onesie exist if a drop bear didn't: http://www.animalsuits.com.au/shop/drop-bear-onesie/

Case closed, this should be removed from the Museum of Hoaxes and promoted to the Museum of Deadly Killer Animals
Posted by Tom  on  Mon Jun 30, 2014  at  06:39 PM
Drop bears are absolutely real, the trouble is nobody has ever seen one and lived to tell the tale.

if you don't think they are real, why would they make them in a onesie: http://www.animalsuits.com.au/shop/drop-bear-onesie/

Looks like a cute koala but, oh wait, it has vicious claws and sharp teeth, perfect for dropping from trees and ravaging its prey!
Posted by visious killer  on  Tue Oct 28, 2014  at  02:59 PM
The stories of drop bears are generally exaggerated, However... I have personally had the bajeezus scared out of me by a real huge buck koala. Sometimes they descend to the ground to settle their territorial differences and show a side that is rarely seen by humans.

Upon one being the winner of the dispute, the loser will run away at high speed and scale the nearest tree. All the while they let forth an unbelievably loud hissing roaring banshee sound until they have climbed high into a tree.

The real danger to humans is that in the low light you may look like a tree and the climbing claws are sharp and curved. As the koala attempts to climb a human, large chunks of flesh are gouged out.

The actual truth is that you should be careful wherever you go in the Australian bush. We have 8 of the top ten most deadly creature right here in our own back yard.
Posted by Bushie Bob  on  Fri Apr 03, 2015  at  05:10 PM
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