The morning session!!
12.01.2007 - 12.01.2007 28 °C
Well it's finally upon me ... my daughter is now officially a teenager!!!!
We had a lovely morning opening Jess' cards and pressies before Lou, Jess, Nicole and I headed off to Marapana Park ... a local wildlife park where you can cuddle Koalas, feed kangaroos, wallabies and a variety of other animals and we all really enjoyed it. I can't believe how soft red kangaroos fur is or how big they are when you get so close to them. A bit of a different experience to the ones we saw on our travels to Dunsborough .. where you just wouldn't have wanted to get too close to them in the wild. These were so soft and cute and just came and ate out of your hand. One little joey seemed quite crazy though and was jumping around the field like no tomorrow and kept headbutting the deer who were trying to muscle in on the action. This photo shows a grey kangaroo, with a little baby joey in her pouch. Check out the length of those lashes!
The ostriches and emus were a bit scary ... we let them eat straight from the tub of feed as they are really greedy and quite aggressive. I certainly wouldn't want to come across them in the wild that's for sure.
The koalas were really cute but we weren't allowed to cuddle them as they were all pregnant ... bless! Apparently the gestation period is only about 21 days and when they are born they are the size of a jelly bean and live in their mothers fur for a few weeks until they mature to a size where they can hang on to a branch for themselves. They sleep for 20 hours a day and eat for the other four hours.
Here's a photo of a kookaburra ... it's amazing when you hear how much noice they can make, as we experienced from the couple of nights we spent in the bush when they were immediately overhead us in the trees.