The Galah And Oolah The Lizard

Oolah the lizard was tired of lying in the sun, doing nothing. So he

said, "I will go and play." He took his boomerangs out, and began to

practise throwing them. While he was doing so a Galah came up, and

stood near, watching the boomerangs come flying back, for the kind of

boomerangs Oolah was throwing were the bubberahs. They are smaller than

others, and more curved, and when they are properly thrown they return

to the thrower, which other boomerangs do not.

Oolah was proud of having the gay Galah to watch his skill. In his

pride he gave the bubberah an extra twist, and threw it with all his

might. Whizz, whizzing through the air, back it came, hitting, as it

passed her, the Galah on the top of her head, taking both feathers and

skin clean off. The Galah set up a hideous, cawing, croaking shriek,

and flew about, stopping every few minutes to knock her head on the

ground like a mad bird. Oolah was so frightened when he saw what he had

done, and noticed that the blood was flowing from the Galah's head,

that he glided away to hide under a bindeah bush. But the Galah saw

him. She never stopped the hideous noise she was making for a minute,

but, still shrieking, followed Oolah. When she reached the bindeah bush

she rushed at Oolah, seized him with her beak, rolled him on the bush

until every bindeah had made a hole in his skin. Then she rubbed his

skin with her own bleeding head. "Now then," she said, "you Oolah shall

carry bindeahs on you always, and the stain of my blood."

"And you," said Oolah, as he hissed with pain from the tingling of the

prickles, "shall be a bald-headed bird as long as I am a red prickly


So to this day, underneath the Galah's crest you can always find the

bald patch which the bubberah of Oolah first made. And in the country

of the Galahs are lizards coloured reddish brown, and covered with

spikes like bindeah prickles.

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