In time, a long time, bark and branch will conceal the scars as though they never were. Some eucalypts are much older than we imagine.
The water has changed. Once it ran slower and clearer. The Darling below Bourke was ‘beautifully transparent, the bottom was visible at great depths, showing large fishes in shoals, floating like birds in mid-air’.
People today think of what animals need. In 1788 people thought of what animals prefer. This is a crucial difference.