We are often asked, “what is a Drop Bear and why did you name your tour company Drop Bear Adventures?” Our name is, in fact, a tribute to one of the most legendary Australian marsupials, so we have put together the essential information on this rarest of creatures. Although we rebranded as K’gari Fraser Island Adventures, where we offer tours, accommodation and 4WD Hire in the same place, Drop Bear is part of our hearts.
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Most visitors to Australia are familiar with the cute Koala Bear. They seek it out in Eucalypt forests, are thrilled to spot it chillin’ in a tree, and they even pay to cuddle it in Koala sanctuaries. However, few know of its deadly relative, the Drop Bear. We feel it is our duty to inform the public of the dangers posed to visitors by Drop Bears. We also aim to educate all our guests about the simple and effective Drop Bear repellents readily available to prevent dangerous attacks by these rare yet dangerous creatures.
The Thylarctos Plummetus is commonly known as Drop Bear, because the little-known predator takes its victims by surprise by dropping from trees to attack. Drop Bears look a lot like Koalas, albeit larger, heavier and with a carnivore’s choppers. It is widely assumed that Drop Bears start out as Koalas and become infected by a disease similar to rabies. This makes them extremely territorial and aggressive and will attack unwary bush walkers wandering under their tree. However, the beasts are so elusive, no specimen has ever been captured, alive or dead.
If all this talk about the danger of Drop Bears has you worried, fear not: Australians who have studied the Drop Bear in the wild recommend a range of proven Drop Bear repellents. The most effective of all is DropBear-o-Guard, commonly known as Vegemite wiped behind the ears. If you are in a known Drop Bear area you should probably smear it all over your face to avoid an attack. Due to the fact that no Drop Bear attacks on an Australian has ever been reported, it is sometimes suggested that speaking with an Australian accent may also be helpful. Using words like ‘crikey’, ‘Gday mate’ and ‘bonza’ may also help keep them in their trees, in case you don’t have any Vegemite handy.
Verified Drop Bear sightings are few and far between, so many visitors refuse to believe Drop Bears exist. We can’t provide you with any substantial proof of the existence of Drop Bears, but we do suggest you are always on the side of caution and carry a supply of Vegemite!