The Man Who Stares at Cockatoos

(Dana’s friend feeding bread to the cockatoos on her porch. Photos from his Australia tour.)

Cane Toad Muster: Dana’s New Song and Music Video

Song available on iTunes. (Australian iTunes link)

The “Cows With Guns Guy” now brings you “Cane Toad Muster,” the story of the brave Australian people battling a ruthless invader, the cane toad.

The cane toad (originally from South America) was brought to Queensland, Australia by government bureaucrats (surprise, surprise) at the urging of the sugar cane industry. Instead of eating the beetles in the sugar cane, the cane toads ate everything else, and anything that ate them (goannas–large lizards, crocodiles, dogs, etc.) died, wiping out much of the large fauna across Australia.

But now in an amazing turnaround, the people of Australia are fighting back, using copious amounts of beer and a twisted new sport: “Cane Toad Muster.” Led by the outback cowboys of the eastern Kimberley (Kimberley Toad Busters:  http://www.canetoads.com.au), the cane toads are on the defensive. Will the cane toads prevail on eating all of Australia? Will the beer-swilling sports-rabid Aussies manage to make it off their sofas to battle back the cane toads? Stay tuned as this reality TV show involving an entire continent and at least 30 breweries unfolds. Cane Toad Muster!

Song and video available for download:

Video: http://cowswithguns.com/product/music-videos/cane-toad-muster-music-video/

Song (digital download): http://cowswithguns.com/product/digital-singles/cane-toad-muster/

Dana Tames Charlie the Water Buffalo from Crocodile Dundee

Dana with water buffalo

Dana tames Charlie, the now-stuffed water buffalo from the Crocodile Dundee film. Adelaide River Inn, Northern Territory, Australia.

Water buffalo

Charlie’s story:

A BUFFALO which attained Australian stardom by appearing in the film Crocodile Dundee is to be stuffed at a cost of £8,000 and displayed outside a pub in the outback.

Charlie the water buffalo became a cultural treasure after his role in a scene in the 1985 comedy in which the crocodile hunter Mick Dundee, played by Paul Hogan, faces down the animal just as it is about to charge him. Charlie also had a part in the sequel, Crocodile Dundee II.

For years the buffalo lived in a stockade, complete with his own wallowing hole, next to the Adelaide River Inn, a pub in the settlement of Adelaide River, Northern Territory. But last month, at the age of 27, he caught pneumonia and had to be put down.

His owner, Ian Cobb, who runs the pub, wants Charlie to continue to welcome visitors, and is paying a taxidermist to stuff him. Mr Cobb, 56, said: “Charlie was one of the family. We became very attached to him. We washed him down every morning and fed him pieces of my wife’s carrot cake. He was very spoilt.”

Read the rest of the story HERE.