One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An agile Australian wallaby that lives among cliffs and rocks, having feet with thick pads and fringes of stiff hair.
Genus Petrogale, family Macropodidae: several species
- ‘Rich in birds and wildlife, it's home to adders, pythons, rock wallabies, sea eagles, flying foxes, curlews, koalas and equally cute marsupial possums.’
- ‘It lies in a line with the main limb elements and transmits the thrust of hopping (this toe is secondarily somewhat reduced in rock wallabies and tree kangaroos).’
- ‘A hundred years ago, the brush-tailed rock wallaby was widespread and abundant throughout southeastern Australia.’
- ‘With that news, came excitement from wildlife conservationists keen to protect the yellow footed rock wallaby.’
- ‘Most of the national parks are far too small to protect biodiversity, let alone to allow threatened species such as the rock wallaby to survive.’
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