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(Courier Mail)   A school in Australia is using what kind of animal to help students with behavioral and social issues calm down? A) Koala bear B) Kangaroo C) Blue-tongued lizard   (couriermail.com.au) divider line 25
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2014-03-16 09:30:12 AM
Most of the time kids with behavior issues just need to focus outside themselves. This is a great idea.
 
2014-03-16 09:30:18 AM
It's always C. Put them in a different order for once!
 
2014-03-16 09:33:18 AM
I'm guessing Kangaroo.
 
2014-03-16 09:40:14 AM
D) Dingo.  "You'd better straighten up or we'll release this dingo into the classroom."
 
2014-03-16 09:42:13 AM

August11: Most of the time kids with behavior issues just need to focus outside themselves. This is a great idea.


This.
 
2014-03-16 09:43:28 AM

wxboy: D) Dingo.  "You'd better straighten up or we'll release this dingo into the classroom."


I was thinking that, in any case, this is Australia that we're talking about, so any choice is likely to be fatal.
 
2014-03-16 09:46:21 AM
Hey, I have a blue tongued skink. It's about as chilled out as an animal can get.
 
2014-03-16 09:48:41 AM
Blue tongues lizards can be very entertaining!

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2014-03-16 10:21:03 AM
A blue tøunge once bit my sister...
 
2014-03-16 10:38:21 AM

Sidecrab: It's always C. Put them in a different order for once!


that'sthejoke.jpg?
 
2014-03-16 11:02:21 AM
Good thing it's not Koalas. Those things'll fark you up.
 
2014-03-16 11:20:30 AM
Parents have called it a welcome change from the  previous set-up.  "That Thunderdome was just exhausting"....
 
2014-03-16 11:46:14 AM
Koala. Not koala bear.
 
2014-03-16 12:17:02 PM
The original Lounge Lizard.

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2014-03-16 01:13:03 PM
Obviously, the lizard! The rest of that stuff, like everything in Australia, is venomous!
 
2014-03-16 01:20:10 PM
Wasn't this one of the Fark Quiz questions last Friday?
 
2014-03-16 01:35:45 PM
Koalas aren't bears!!

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2014-03-16 01:45:11 PM
I do hands on programs with snakes at a local nature center.  One of the local youth centers brings in a group of kids every year.  Last year, one of the girls fell in love with my Macklot's Python, and pretty much held it the entire time.  The counselors that were with her said it was the most calm she had ever been the whole time she was there.
 
2014-03-16 02:47:03 PM
Ah, Australia, where even the costumed mascots are trying to kill you.
 
2014-03-16 02:51:41 PM

psyon: I do hands on programs with snakes at a local nature center.  One of the local youth centers brings in a group of kids every year.  Last year, one of the girls fell in love with my Macklot's Python, and pretty much held it the entire time.  The counselors that were with her said it was the most calm she had ever been the whole time she was there.


John Steinbeck, The Snake.
 
2014-03-16 03:44:16 PM
I had hoped the answer was both A and B and someone had secretly cross-bred a koalaroo.
 
2014-03-16 05:14:24 PM
Blueys are awesome.
 
2014-03-16 06:18:55 PM

psyon: Last year, one of the girls fell in love with my Macklot's Python, and pretty much held it the entire time.


Fark is not your personal erotica site. :-)

Seriously, it's interesting that at least some kids behave better/do better when they are around reptiles or can care for reptiles. If it helps the kids and isn't insanely expensive, then let's get some tortoises and bearded dragons in the schools. I'd personally prefer mammals (gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats....) because they often like to be petted/held/played with, and kids like that. However, IIRC reptiles are a bit more tolerant of neglect since they usually don't need to eat every day, and that may be one of the reasons they're using reptiles.
 
2014-03-16 10:44:41 PM

danceswithcrows: Seriously, it's interesting that at least some kids behave better/do better when they are around reptiles or can care for reptiles. If it helps the kids and isn't insanely expensive, then let's get some tortoises and bearded dragons in the schools. I'd personally prefer mammals (gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, rats....) because they often like to be petted/held/played with, and kids like that. However, IIRC reptiles are a bit more tolerant of neglect since they usually don't need to eat every day, and that may be one of the reasons they're using reptiles.


Tortoises and some lizards actually can be fairly affectionate with people if they are raised properly.  They don't approach dog/cat levels but they can be relatively similar to the rodents you mention in terms of their interaction with people.  They definitely don't need to be fed as often, but the downside is that they don't always eat packaged food.  The carnivores need insects or rodent prey, and the herbivores generally need at least some fresh veggies and fruit.
 
2014-03-17 08:27:11 AM

jtown: Koalas aren't bears!!

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The only thing that should be called a "koala bear" is a plush toy representation of a koala, similar to a teddy bear.  (There are also "dog bears", "bunny bears" etc.)
 
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