Oola the Lizard
Oola the lizard was tired of playing in the sun and decided to go practice throwing his boomerang. Galah came up and stood near watching the boomerangs come flying back for the kind of boomerangs Oola was throwing were bubberas. These were smaller and more curved then the others and returned to the thrower unlike Oola's other boomerangs.
Oola was proud of having the gay Galah to watch his skill. In his pride he gave the bubbera an extra twist and threw it with all of his might. Whizzing through the air back it came, as it passed hitting Galah on top of her head taking both feathers and skin clean off.
Oola was so frightened when he saw what he had done and noticed that blood was flowing from Galah's head, he glided away to hide under a bindia or prickle bush. Galah saw Oola and still shrieking, followed Oola. When she reached the bindia bush she rushed at Oola, seized him with her beak, rolled him on the bush until every bindia had made a hole in his skin. Then she rubbed his skin with her own bleeding head.
Galah vowed that Oola carry the bindias on him always and the stain of her blood as a reminder of what he did to her. Oola also vowed that Galah always be a bald-headed bird as long as he was a red prickly lizard.
So to this day, underneath the crest of a galah you can always find the bald patch which the bubbera of Oola first made. And in the country of the galahs are lizards coloured reddish brown and covered with spikes like bindia prickles.
Michael J Connolly
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