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D for Drop Bear by tohdaryl D for Drop Bear by tohdaryl
A drop bear (or dropbear) is a dangerous Australian marsupial. Drop bears are commonly said to be unusually large, vicious, carnivorous koalas (although the koala is not a bear) that inhabit treetops and attack their prey by dropping onto their heads from above. They are an example of local lore intended to frighten and confuse outsiders and amuse locals, similar to the jackalope, hoop snake, wild haggis or snipe hunt.

It is often suggested that doing ridiculous things like having forks in the hair or Vegemite or toothpaste spread behind the ears will deter the creatures.

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Decided to fix the drop bear pose for being to similar to the Nextwave comic reference.
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avancna Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Another suggested origin of the drop bear legend is to discourage children and stupid tourists from going out into the eucalyptus forests, and that way, keep either from encountering one of the more deadlier phenomena of the outback, i.e., getting your head cracked open by a branch being shed by a eucalyptus tree.
An administrator at my university almost got killed by a eucalyptus tree when its branch impaled the bench he was sitting on.
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Locaris Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now I'm probably going to be watching the trees for this thing now.
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ArthurIglesias Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
vegemite LOL
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jam-illustrated Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
love this!
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rubygloom73 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
toothpaste behind the ears doesn't work, but the pungent smell of vegemite usually deters them. God they're dangerous.
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Crimzen250 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They are actually real, they're vicious little pricks and they have sharp claws
they're really closely related to the koala and besides a slightly darker colour and being larger in size, they look very similar
Koalas however are slightly more relaxed, you should hear the sounds they make, its like a small animal screaming while being eaten by a large animal...scary shit
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Marinas Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This reminds me of the Yara-ma-yha-who of Australian mythology. Similar behaviors but terribly scary.
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sleeples5zombie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Watch out for dem drop bears they can sneek up on you
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MarcoHalfBodt Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Artist
Forks.. Beware of my Spiky hair..
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YaibaKitsune Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
YES!!!
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