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Critters down under, and even further down under
January 11th, 2010 by Phoebe

When we first came to Australia we stayed on a farm, and they had alpacas, cows, dogs, chickens (aka “Chucks”), dogs, cats and a lot of macadamia nut trees.

This is me and Ian feeding the bull!  Nice bull.

This is me and Ian feeding the bull! Nice bull.

This was their big French Bull.  There were 150 girl cows and only one bull.  I got to mix up his feed.  He was SO big that I was scared of him, but he was really nice and let me pet him when he was eating.

Aren't they SO cute!!!

Aren't they SO cute!!!

Next are the alpacas.  Alpacas are like small llamas but they don’t spit as much, they are very skittish, and their fur is really soft.  Alpacas like water, so when you spray them with the hose they are happy.

The rooster at the farm didn’t do his cockle-do’s early in the morning, he did them once everyone woke up so that was really nice.

One time in the morning Ian (the owner of the farm) moved the cows into the pasture behind the house.  The moowing was so loud that my mom woke up because she thought there was a cow on the back porch.

This is my favorite calf Lucky.

This is my favorite calf Lucky.

My favorite cow was a calf named Lucky.  Her mom died after she was born so we needed to hand feed her and she was very nice.  I helped mix up her milk, and after she was done eating if I would run along side her paddock she would chase me.  She also liked to lick me and her super long tongue was like sandpaper and she could wrap her whole tongue around my arm.  If my cousin Jack was an animal I think he would be a cow because he also has a super long tongue and can touch his tongue to his nose.

Me feeding Lucky.  I gave her a bucketful of milk twice a day.  She would stick her whole head in the bucket and get milk all the way up to her ears!  It was SO funny.  Sorry I didn't get a picture!

Me feeding Lucky. I gave her a bucketful of milk twice a day. She would stick her whole head in the bucket and get milk all the way up to her ears! It was SO funny. Sorry I didn't get a picture!

On the farm their were cuckobara birds who have a really loud evil sounding laugh.  Tessa sang the Cukubara  song that we learned back in Ms Pams class like a thousand times.  We also saw ibus, and they have really long beaks that they use to get grubs out of the ground.

Then we went to Brisbane and went to a koala reserve and I got to hold a koala.  Koalas are marsupials, which means they have a pouch.  They don’t get much energy from their food so they sleep a lot.  They eat only eucalyptus leaves (aka “Gum Tree leaves”), and they only eat the tips of the leaves.  There are 80 types, and they use their nose to decide which kinds to eat.  The males have white chests and have special oils that they leave on the trees to mark their territories.  Every koala looks different.  Some have dots on their backs, some of their noses look different, and their ears might have long fur or short fur.  When I held the koala, it felt very heavy for how small it was, and its fur felt very dense, thick and soft.

Me and the koala!

Me and the koala!

This is a kangaroo - see how its much bigger.  Tessa was hoping they'd be big enough to ride but their not.

This is a kangaroo - see how its much bigger. Tessa was hoping they'd be big enough to ride but their not.

Next we went in to a kangaroo enclosure and got to walk around and feed the kangaroos and wallabees.  We got to feed a baby kangaroo and pet it.  Baby kangaroos are called “joeys”.  One of the joeys was too big for its mom’s pouch but it still climbed in.  It went in head first and then turned itself around but it was so big its head, back legs and tail hung out.  It was totally folded in half and looked really funny.

See the joey folded in half in the pouch?  Its head has the ears pointing down, its legs are behind the head, and its tail is behind the foot.  Poor mama roo!

See the joey folded in half in the pouch? Its head has the ears pointing down, its legs are behind the head, and its tail is behind the foot. Poor mama roo!

Our friend Nick told us that the kangaroo is the national animal of Australia and that they are the only country that eat their national symbol.

At the sanctuary there were also a lot of wild turkeys walking around.  We also saw really big lizards and wambats.  Tessa thinks they are adorable.  I think they look like furry pigs with falt furry snouts, but I do have to admit that they are cute.

In Australia, they protect everything – koalas, turkeys, and even crows.  It seems that the only thing you are allowed to kill is the cane toad.  (Not that I was looking from something to kill)

Next we went to Noosa heads and there I saw a giant hunter spider.  If you spread out your fingers, it went from finger tip to finger tip but they are harmless.  I did learn though that 9 of the 10 most deadly animals in the world are from Australia, like the box jellyfish, the blue ringed octopus, and a bunch of their snakes.

We are now in New Zealand and it is the weirdest thing – they didn’t have any land mammals until the Maoris brought some over, and then the Europeans brought more.  So far I have been to a bunch of museums here in New Zealand so I have seen a LOT of stuffed animals.  The only real animals I have seen are cows and SHEEP!  There are sheep everywhere!

I will take some pictures of them and post them soon!  Bye!


6 Responses  
Duffy writes:
January 11th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Great pictures… I wrote to Tessa about putting all your adventures into a “Kid’s Book” you already have a great number of pictures to use. With your love of all the animals, you might end up working for a zoo.

Pat and I are so proud, and somewhat envious, of all your travels and adventures…Keep having fun and embracing everything you come in contact with.

Duffy

Auntie Krissy writes:
January 13th, 2010 at 2:05 pm

Phoebe,
Well done girl. Your writing is fantastic and so much fun to read. LOL about Jack and his tongue! The bit about the kangaroo and her Joey reminds me of Harrison, he would never want to leave the pouch either! You are def a farm girl at heart!

Cricket Bourget writes:
January 15th, 2010 at 10:15 pm

What a great post, and such wonderful pictures. You are SO lucky, I would LOVE to cuddle and pet a koala bear!

maple writes:
January 27th, 2010 at 6:04 pm

hi pheobe can you email me?i got all of your postcards and i miss you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much.

Lisa writes:
February 10th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

Hi Phoebe,its me Noelle.I bet your having lots of fun in Australia.The koala bear,and kangaroo seemed very nice.We miss you here at school.Bye!

Sophie writes:
February 21st, 2010 at 10:36 am

hey phoebe, that kangaroo was so cute, must have been cool to hold a koala we went to aa place sort of like desert botanical gardens but gigger for australia day;don’t know if any one told you that or not but i bet actully going to australia was cooler. sorry i haven’t been on in a while…. i hope your haveing fum,undate us soon!

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