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Monday, April 27, 2015


Friday, April 17, 2015


Have you ever had a tough time wondering who inspires you. Well that was my problem. Fortunately I was lucky enough to have my grandma. She has been here a long time and I’m pretty sure she inspires me and some other people in some way so I decided to interview her. 
My grandma is always giving me great advice but when it comes time that I have the chance to tell someone this, oh so great advice, I seem to forget it. Though when she told me this time I decided to record it. One of her quotes was  “you should be the best in your own eyes and not in others”. She also says that in tough situations you should assess the problem and then decide what you can do, like ask for help or will it resolve itself.
Her definition of success is probably different then a lot of other people’s. Most people would think of success as founding a giant company or being the most famous person in the world but thats not anything close to what she thinks. She believes success is belief in faith and family.
In her own eyes she thinks that she is successful. Using her definition I believe she is to. She says she feels like she is in a good position in life. She also said thats where she's always wanted to be. Through the years though I have seen her be successful in other peoples eyes like my mom.
Throughout all my grandma says that in the end its all about family and faith. She has backed this up all of the years by showing me how she does it herself. She's also taught me it so that one day I can become as or more successful then her.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Where In The World

“Crikey is that a roo!” that’s just one animal you will see when you visit Australia. When you visit Australia, you won’t just go to see the animals, or hunt them, but that’s probably what I would do. So if you aren’t interested in that, I wouldn’t stick around.
If you don’t want to hear about hunting animals, I could tell you about a man that helped them. Steve Irwin was a wildlife expert. His nickname was “The Crocodile Hunter”. He hosted multiple TV shows about wildlife. These were shown in over 150 countries. He handled crocodiles, poisonous snakes, and other dangerous animals with his bare hands. His trademark exclamation was “Crikey”. He was the director of the Australia Zoo in Beerwah. He promoted wildlife conservation and tourism. His parents were naturalists and founded the Beerwah Reptile Park in 1970. He grew up feeding and caring for the animals in the park. In 1991 he took over the park. On Steve’s honeymoon he and his wife went crocodile trapping. This was filmed and was the root for his TV series “The Crocodile Hunter” where he captured and relocated crocodiles to less populated areas. He was killed on Sept. 4, 2006 when a stingray barb punctured his chest. The zoo is now owned by his wife and he has a memorial statue located in Mooloolaba.
Now if you want to go to try to find fossils of an amazing animal or maybe even the last know of its kind, I suggest Australia. There was or is an animal that did or does live there today. It is called the Tasmanian Tiger. This animal only lived or lives on the island of Tasmania. It used to be a big animal of Australia. Most scientists believe that it is extinct. Europeans used to kill them because they thought that they killed their sheep or poultry. The last known Tasmanian Tiger died in captivity in 1936. The scientific name for this animal is “Thylacines”. It was 5ft with an additional 20in tail. It had short gray or yellowish-brown fur with dark stripes across the rear of its back. It was part of the marsupial family. The female’s carried their young in a pouch just like all other marsupials except for one thing, the pouch was backwards. Instead of opening to the front it opened to the back. The female carried the young in this pouch until they fully developed. It was also the only member of the Thylacinidae family, which are Thylacinus Cynocephalus.
Now for my favorite part, the overall animals and the plants. The best-known plant in Australia is the Gum Tree (Eucalyptus) or the Wattle plant. Both of these can grow anywhere except the driest deserts. Over half of Australia’s native animals are marsupials (Koalas, Tasmanian Devils, Possums, Bandicoots, Wombat, etc). There is 45 different species of kangaroo. The Red Kangaroo can jump as high as 20ft and can run 40mph. Even though the Tasmanian devil is the size of a small dog, it can kill animals to big as a sheep. There are two animals that are called Monotremes. Monotremes are mammals that lay eggs and care for their young. These two animals are the Duck-Billed Platypus and the Echidna. These two animals are the only living Monotremes and are native to Australia. It’s said that one of the fiercest and most powerful predator of Australia is the Dingo, or wild dog. Over the years, disease and destruction of habitat have brought the population of Koalas to about 400,000.
Well if that’s that then I should get on my way. Exploring Australia may be a little more time consuming than I expected, maybe even more then this assignment. I hope you could join me one day in visiting this great country. Crikey! Is that a Tasmanian Tiger, off we go.
Encyclopedia -Steve Irwin- World Book Student, Steve Irwin
Encyclopedia —Tasmanian Tiger- World Book Student, Michael L. Augee

Book -Animals- Australia (book title),  Geography Department, (Publisher) Learner Publication Company