Grassland-dwelling mammal on remote remote beach is named after a popular book
Posted May 02, 2018 09:00:00 An adorable little marsupial is getting a name from his book, after a friend suggested he be called “Grassland-Dwelling Mammal”.
“I was a bit hesitant, because I don’t know how to pronounce his name,” the bird, named Sam, said.
“I thought it might be a bit of a mouthful.”
The marsupials name, which means “grassland” in Old Norse, was inspired by the book “The Grassland”, which tells the story of a man and a horse, named “Grätland”.
Sam was born on the remote island of Saarland, just south of the North Pole, in August 2018.
He was the first marsupium to be named after an Australian author, according to his mother, Marjorie, who was a vet.
“He was born with the condition, but he was able to overcome it,” she said.
Marjory said her son was “a real joy” to have around.
“They’re always happy to get out and play and they love to eat.”
They’re just adorable.
Sam’s name was a combination of “Gras”, the Finnish word for grass, and “Döl”, the Danish word for dolphin.
“Doll” was also the name of a popular Australian book about a man, Finn John Dahlgren, who died in 1875.
The book was adapted into a film in 2018.
Marvina Smith, who has spent time with Sam, is also inspired by Dahlgren’s life and writing.
She said Sam was a “lover of all kinds of animals”.
“He loves to explore the marsupias,” Ms Smith said.
Sam was the second marsupius to be born on Saarlander, after he was born in May 2018.
“Sam was a real joy to have round the house,” Ms Sam said.
She is now raising Sam’s other two siblings, Jake and Nick.
The bird is named for a Finnish author, Finn-Dahlgren, and the book, written in 1855, is known as The Grassland.
Marmira Smith said Sam had a loving relationship with his siblings.
“It’s so much fun to be able to see them playing with Sam and it’s really a great feeling to see Sam in a happy mood,” she told ABC News.
Marrida Smith said her oldest son was always happy and loving.
“The last year has been pretty tough for him,” she added.
Sam has been adopted and will be returning to the Saarlands for the next two years.
“We’re looking forward to him going back to the wilds of Saarlaut, so he can see his siblings,” Ms Marride said.