The day Erin was almost eaten...

Trip Start Mar 15, 2011
Trip End Jun 11, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

After our trek down from the Blue Mountains, we pulled in at Featherdale Wildlife Park in the early afternoon as per ideal zoo visit times!  Featherdale is rather small in comparison to other zoos, but has the added benefit of offering kangaroo feeding and koala patting, along with other animal encounters - and so is a general must on the Sydney tourist trail. 

We wandered first into one of the bird enclosures, and were pretty stoked to see that we'd managed to greet most of the winged friends we saw out in the wild.  We had a brief encounter with the koalas, who were generally a little spooked but ridiculously cute.  Who thought an animal would have that much ear hair!

Next we picked up some kangaroo feed from the roo food vending machines and wandered into their enclosure.  They have a collection of fairly young grey and red kangaroos, who seem to be hungry at any time of the day!  Erin took first feeding honours, and was absolutely beset by a bunch of the roos, with one seeming to take control of the pack and scare the others from the delicious mix of seeds and hay in and edible cone.  Some might say that the small Australian found the experience of exuberant kangaroo teeth munching into her hand quite much!   And that was despite the taller one pointing out that they're vegetarian! 

She would like to point out however that one of the young roos was pawing her arm quite vigorously, and having seen a host of boxing kangaroos on various excellent television programs, she attempted to back off.  However, they were keen on chasing that food! The tourist stepped in and managed to fend off the vicious one in a highly competant fashion! They were very cute and fluffy - in fact, the greys feel quite like Jo's cat Macho!

We wandered on to meet the rather pre-historic cassowary - Australia's most dangerous bird - and the much more aesthetically pleasing native penguins!  Our visit also finally granted us a close-up view of wombats, who just look super cuddly and cute.  We were also lucky enough to conincide our trip with feeding time, and followed some of the staff as they wheeled their huge trays of day-old chickens and other fresh meat to the birds of prey and dingoes.

Just as the park was closing we jumped back in the car and headed over to the other side of town - to the Northern Beaches.  We'd planned to head to our buddy Matt's house on Dee Why Beach to stay there for the next few days, and join him for the all important pub trivia that night in Freshwater...

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