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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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do3om Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
KOOOOAALAAA
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LordCastigator Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
Awesome work. Gotta love Drop Bears...

...Till they go for ya...
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therealarien Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
HAH yes at YWAM Perth here we fully tricked so many people into thinking they're real. I like just discussing them in a matter-of-fact way. "People think they're all black but it's more of a dark brown, and they're not even guaranteed to kill you on the first pounce..." I think hoop snakes are HILARIOUS I'd love to see that one
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Echo-butt Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe... drop bears (go austrailia)
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Hymnsie Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So awesome you did drop bears for this :D I love drop bears! :XD:
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TattyTeddy911 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
hey man only the Vegemite works, they drop on you, get one wiff of the mite and runoff cause of how rank Vegemite smells. freaking almost got done by one on camp one day.
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BeeBee561 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
hahaha! us aussie's gotta keep the tradition going! :D
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Lascivio-Pipio Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Student
Ahhh, i am proud of my country for successfully duping so many
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XenoPredDragon Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With the sounds a koala can make, and visualizing this, made it truly horrifying. :fear:
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WarriorNun Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...forks in hair?
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blue957 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They are also used to keep children from wandering off to far while camping. Well at least that's what my parents told me :)
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Airoshi Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Drop bear!! : D My Australian friend told me about these ahahaha. Nice job! ^_^
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AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe if there were Drop Bears, the Koala wouldn't be endangered.
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Duckforcover Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Mate you must not be from Oz as a Dropbear is a large turd in my lingo.
Nice work though, sadly there are not many Koala's left in Oz as Aussies have cut down all their trees and the ones left the family dog usually kills.
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StarCrossedWolf Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes!
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ScriptorSapiens Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
It's a Drop bear Piglet. They hide in the trees and when you look up: they jump on you.
I'm looking DOWN Pooh!
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jolan5 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
i heard covereing yourself in urine was the only way to repel these.
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wolfishmeow Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Being an Avengers fan I saw this and was like "why is Tony Stark being attacked by a koala" and then I read the description and was like "oh..."

Even still. Love the art! I like your style c:
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Calick Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this another name for the koala, or just a very similar type of animal?
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Calick Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops, sorry, I didn't read the description well :P
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MystShadow20xx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cuddly fuzzy bears... of death?!?

God, this makes me want to read Nextwave again.
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BloodyCrown Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
This remind me a lot Nextwave XD
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Dirt-Stomper Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
This is also what I thought! Just chop them up with a shovel, cause it's all we got.
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BadgertheBlue Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist
All of a sudden I have an urge to watch Lilo & Stitch :o
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hg-project Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Yeaaaaaahhhh Koala bears!!
Most people think they're the cute as fuck
but in reality, these motherfuckers are VICIOUS!!! D,:
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AlanSteenhouwer Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Oh god! A webcomic I like to read, covered this a while ago.
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Romuluspixels Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol vegimite
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jerichojim Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Attack of the Koala's!
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danceingox Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
well as read on 'doesnotreallyexist-wiki' " Drop bear: is the manliest soldier at his quarters, he is launched through a drop pod behind the enemy line, but instead of following the protocols, Drop bear abandons his drop pod too early and head out to descend upon the foe, EXTREME! " ... yes I just made that up 8D
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Noovai4 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I think you've re-draw that koala from this picture > [link]
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kaer-morhen Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah we aussies love scaring tourists
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Malesx Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
very funny and scary
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marianna98 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
haha this is funny!
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Jin-Ghi-Lives Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I'm Australian and Korean, and i find this hilariously funny.
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Doxypoo2 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HA! That's great!
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All-My-Darkness Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Koalas eat their ma's dookie to give them the enzymes to break down the almost inedible eucalyptus.

I always considered that fucking minging.

This picture made me laugh over breakfast so thank you for that and increasing the koala hate.

(Grin)
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MrBoxerBriefs Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
I wannna pet one :icondidyoujustplz:
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tohdaryl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
yesh... I know u want to....careful. :D you might lose more than a hand.
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ADHedgehog Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
And this is why the British love the Australians, you come up with some of the best mindf**ks and mess with tourists heads =P
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