Friday, March 9, 2012

Our Australian Adventure: Day 9...

We went to Featherdale Wildlife Park right outside of Sydney and the BEST place to see indigenious Australian animals from kangaroos, to wombats, to dingos, fairy penguins, a man-eating crocodile, enchidnas, tasmanian devils, koalas, and wallabies plus more animals, reptiles and many birds!  The cool thing about the park is that you could pet the koalas and feed the kangaroos, wallabies, emus!  It was a once in a lifetime experience and one of our favorite Aussie moments!
Meeting our 1st koala...he was very lethargic but really all they do is sleep, eat and use the restroom...you can't hold them because their claws might scratch you and it would cause stress to the animal but they let you pet them on their back and get up close...as you can tell by our faces we thought it was AWESOME!  We went back to the koala area 3 different times...
Next, we headed to feed the kangaroos and wallabies (and the very aggressive emus which my nephew was frightened of and for good reason they are the same height as the kiddos and will peck at your hand for food :)  There is a line and if the kangaroos come to you and across the line you may feed them but if they are on the other side of the line, no people are allowed.  We got there right when the park opened so they were ready to eat...
Solon feeding a wallaby - he is an animal lover so he was in his element (the grey ones are kangaroos and the brown are wallabies)
A kangarood just hanging out...Solon was petting it and it put its arm on him (I think to say stop :) but it never moved and just was so content relaxin...

Took another trip to the koala exhibit (note Vera is cashed from all the excitement by this time)...


So this little bird was the apple of Solon's eye...he has a bum eye and they rescued him...we caught Solon kissing (yes nasty I know) the bird not once but twice...seriously he was the apple of Solon's eye!  When one of the worker's saw their love connection she told Solon he could hold him...look at his face, he was in HEAVEN!  It looks kind of hawk-like but it was very soft and VERY kind!

Of course I had to hold it too :)  Vera wasn't too interested!

It was an aswesome morning at the park full of once in a lifetime experiences - so so so so cool!  The guidebook only mentions this in passing and rates the Taronga zoo over this but we can see a zoo in the USA - getting up close with Aussie animals was priceless!

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