What made us laugh so much?
It was not:
- that she was blonde - that was to be expected,
- that she is wearing a safari outfit - well, we don't have a national costume and at least it's not pink.
particularly the mention about koala bears. The first thing every Australian learns is that a koala is NOT a koala bear. Everytime we are taught about koalas, we hear, "They are no relation at all to bears. They are just koalas." And the 'returning boomerang' - is there any other kind?
No, what really made us laugh was this:
Believe me, that is NOT the way you hold a koala, even a baby one.!
THIS is the way you hold a koala:
(this photo courtesy of my husband, taken for our local newpaper)
And you can see why - those claws are designed for hanging on to trees in all kinds of weather and the koala on Barbie's arm is hanging on as though it was climbing a tree. So, if you buy Aussie Barbie, I recommend you have Doctor Barbie on hand when you take her out of her box - she is definitely going to need medical attention.