M. Skeel

The Story of Mullet, the One-Eyed Wallaby

Wallaby Mullet

     It was the beginning of her fifteenth summer of living on the land. M'gee floated down the creek, thinking how little she still knew of the secrets of the bush. Fifteen years she had observed the plants and animals here and she still understood less than one tenth of one percent of all that went on here. "Here" is the seemingly endless forest of northern New South Wales in Australia. It only occupies a small

percentage of the continent of Australia, but it seems endless in the middle of it where M'gee resides, because it goes on unbroken for kilometers in every direction. In her forest there live many of the rarest and most interesting types of australian wildlife: monotremes and marsupials, snakes and lizards, over a hundred unique bird species, a thousand or more strange and interesting species of insects.

M'gee had studied the plants and animals ever since she bought her little piece of land in the forest. She had banded birds and catalogued plants and collected insects. She had observed the wild birds and mammals. And she had cared for numerous hurt and orphaned birds and mammals and even snakes, lizards and insects on occasion.

Each summer was somehow defined by the animals M'gee assisted. There was the summer of Archimedes, the orphaned Boobook Owl. There was the summer of Buckley the Tawny Frogmouth, and the summer of the Marsupial Mouse babies, Sleepy, Doc, Fatty and Max.

That was followed by the summer of the blue-eyed Platypus followed by another Tawny Frogmouth summer; then the summer of Walter the Wild Wallaby; the summer of the Quolls; the summer of the Feathertailed Gliders; the Bandicoot summer; the summer of the Phascogale family and the summer of beautiful, tragic Baza the one-winged Hawk.

There was the summer of Sweet the Lorikeet followed by the summer of Little Poss, the brush-tailed possum; then the summer of the Brown Pigeon and the one-eyed Frogmouth; followed by the summer of Oliver, the little bird who always wanted more and the bodgy-winged Kookaburra. Now it was the fifteenth summer.

The fifteenth summer was already defined by two animals: Butch Cassidy, nicknamed Pew, the orphaned Brown Butcher Bird and Mullet the One-Eyed Wallaby. This is their story.

Chapter 1

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