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The Koala’s Picnic – Flash Fiction

This flash fiction of 99 words was written for a challenge over at Carrot Ranch. The prompt word being: KOALA

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“The wombats are coming, Mama,” said joey koala all excited after waking up from his nap.

“Yes, they are dear now would you help me set up the picnic table for the feast.”

“When are they going to get here mama?”

“They should be here shortly. They move much faster than we’re able, so I’d say sooner than later.”

“Here put this plate of tussock beside the eucalyptus leaves and then we’re going to tidy up before everyone gets here.”

When the wombats arrived they all mulled around the picnic table enjoying the food before starting to play games.


© Susan Zutautas 2019


Mama koala with joey


The closest relative to the koala is the wombat. The females both have pouches making them marsupials and both are herbivores. The koala’s life expectancy is 10 – 15 years and the wombat’s usually live 5 years.



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13 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a lovely story – a picnic for wombats and koalas catering for dietary requirements of each. That’s very inclusive. 🙂

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    July 25, 2019
    • Thanks, Norah. I don’t know why but I’m having a hard time trying to get on the ranch today.

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      July 25, 2019
      • That’s strange. I wonder why. I’ve had no trouble. I hope you’ve worked it out. 🙂


        July 26, 2019
  2. The Wombats pouch faces backwards so it doesn’t fill up with dirt when the dig and go into their burrow. Just thought you would like to know Susan 🙂

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    July 15, 2019
  3. so exciting to see another slant at Carrot Ranch, I love your bit of Australiana 🙂

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    July 15, 2019
  4. A retake on teddy bears’ picnic?

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    July 15, 2019

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