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Feeding Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil


Peter has been a great driver and our go to person for questions. He knows all about all kinds of rocks and shells. He knows why sheep all face the same direction when they eat and all other information about sheep! Alison has entertained us with her Ali-isms. Watch for a list of them at the end of our trip.

New Zealand thoughts: Sheep, sheep, and more sheep, cows and deer. Maori history. Friendliest people in the world. Mountains & Glaciers. Rivers, Lakes and Beaches. Dolphins & Seals. Winding roads. A wonderful time.

NZ QUIZ (Answers at the end)

A kiwi is…

a. Fuzzy fruit

b. Bird

c. NZ citizen

d. All of the above

A long black is…

a. Coffee

b. Tight size

c. NZ freeway

A tyre is…

a. Something you eat

b. Something on your car

c. Something you sleep in

ANSWERS

1. D

2. A

3. B (the NZ spelling of tire)

3/28 Off to AS (Hobart)

We had a LONG day. Started very early with arriving at the airport at 4am for our 6:15 flight to Melbourne on Jeet Star where it is a pleesure to serve you and the baggage is on the leeft (that is Kiwi for Jet Star, pleasure and left). I must say it wasn’t a pleasure to fly…I had a bit of an anxiety attack when I got into the middle seat with my knees almost touching the seat in front of me…an nothing is free, not even water! Flight went well, arrived in Melbourne where we had to set our time pieces back 2 hours.

Our flight to Hobart was delayed an hour due to illness of a crew member. Arrived to sunshine in Hobart.

The drive to the hotel went ok, except for Verne used the windshield wipers more than the turn signal. We found the hotel but actually getting to it was another story! I think it took us 15 minutes to get around the block…let’s just say Verne got a bit close to some parked cars. We may have been driving down a one way street the wrong way. No signs, narrow street with cars parked on both sides of the road in both directions, but after we let 2 cars through the 3rd person were shaking her head at us! Where’s Peter? …it could be a long 4 days. We might get rear ended for not using the turn signal, but the windows will be clean!

Checked into our hotel…it was clean but let’s just say it was in need of refurbishing.

We decided to allow more than the 30 minutes needed to get to the Bonorong Wildlife Park. Actually, Vern did well and we arrived 30 minutes early for our night tour. After using the bathroom, I walked out to be greeted by a kangaroo. We were given some kangaroo food, shown how to feed and pet the roos and allowed to wander until the guide arrived. The park was quite small and thought it wasn’t going to be much of a tour. Started feeding the roos…some were shy and wouldn’t approach us. All of sudden we were surrounded (a group of kangaroos is called a MOB). Some of them were just pigs; one actually grabbed the little bag out of my hands! It was a great experience! We saw joeys nursing and also one in the pouch.

The night turned out to be wonderful…Verne, me and Tony our guide. Tony was full of information and we learned so much. All the animals are rescues. A lot of them were babies in the pouch of the mother who was killed on the road.

The kangaroos are now mostly ancestors of original rescues. Most kangaroos live 10-12 years but the hand a 22 year old male and 20 year old female. Right now the head of the mob is the male named Gentle Face.

Because it was night we got to see the animals being active. Besides the kangaroos, there were several types of wallabies. They come in all sizes, some as small as rats.

We got to pet a wombat. He will be released back into the wild at some point when he starts becoming aggressive. Got up close to koalas and pet them…the males were just sitting in the tree, but the female and young one were more active.

There were several Tasmanian Devils. We got to feed them and they “put on a show” fighting over the food and making their devilish screams. It is breeding season so there was a lot of fighting and screaming going on. The males will cage the female inside the “cave” and once the female is pregnant she won’t let the males back into the cave. It was quite interesting to see.

We fed 2 Tawny Frogmouths, owl looking marsupials. Other animals were Sugar Gliders, Quoll, Bushytail Golden Possum, Potaroo and Bettong. Be sure to check out the photos.

The night was great. Back to our hotel for an early night to try to catch up on our sleep.

FYI: Airport Security- In NZ we did not have to remove our shoes (in the US I have to remove my flip flops!) nor did we have to wait for a signal to go through the entrance. In Melbourne at the Domestic Terminal you didn’t need a boarding pass to go through security. People meeting people getting off the plane at the gate and also saying goodbye. No one was watching as you went through the security entrance. Again no shoe removal!

Peter has been a great driver and our go to person for questions. He knows all about all kinds of rocks and shells. He knows why sheep all face the same direction when they eat and all other information about sheep! Alison has entertained us with her Ali-isms. Watch for a list of them at the end of our trip.

New Zealand thoughts: Sheep, sheep, and more sheep, cows and deer. Maori history. Friendliest people in the world. Mountains & Glaciers. Rivers, Lakes and Beaches. Dolphins & Seals. Winding roads. A wonderful time.

NZ QUIZ (Answers at the end)

A kiwi is…

a. Fuzzy fruit

b. Bird

c. NZ citizen

d. All of the above

A long black is…

a. Coffee

b. Tight size

c. NZ freeway

A tyre is…

a. Something you eat

b. Something on your car

c. Something you sleep in

ANSWERS

1. D

2. A

3. B (the NZ spelling of tire)

We had a LONG day. Started very early with arriving at the airport at 4am for our 6:15 flight to Melbourne on Jeet Star where it is a pleesure to serve you and the baggage is on the leeft (that is Kiwi for Jet Star, pleasure and left). I must say it wasn’t a pleasure to fly…I had a bit of an anxiety attack when I got into the middle seat with my knees almost touching the seat in front of me…an nothing is free, not even water! Flight went well, arrived in Melbourne where we had to set our time pieces back 2 hours.

Our flight to Hobart was delayed an hour due to illness of a crew member. Arrived to sunshine in Hobart.

The drive to the hotel went ok, except for Verne used the windshield wipers more than the turn signal. We found the hotel but actually getting to it was another story! I think it took us 15 minutes to get around the block…let’s just say Verne got a bit close to some parked cars. We may have been driving down a one way street the wrong way. No signs, narrow street with cars parked on both sides of the road in both directions, but after we let 2 cars through the 3rd person were shaking her head at us! Where’s Peter? …it could be a long 4 days. We might get rear ended for not using the turn signal, but the windows will be clean!

Checked into our hotel…it was clean but let’s just say it was in need of refurbishing.

We decided to allow more than the 30 minutes needed to get to the Bonorong Wildlife Park. Actually, Vern did well and we arrived 30 minutes early for our night tour. After using the bathroom, I walked out to be greeted by a kangaroo. We were given some kangaroo food, shown how to feed and pet the roos and allowed to wander until the guide arrived. The park was quite small and thought it wasn’t going to be much of a tour. Started feeding the roos…some were shy and wouldn’t approach us. All of sudden we were surrounded (a group of kangaroos is called a MOB). Some of them were just pigs; one actually grabbed the little bag out of my hands! It was a great experience! We saw joeys nursing and also one in the pouch.

The night turned out to be wonderful…Verne, me and Tony our guide. Tony was full of information and we learned so much. All the animals are rescues. A lot of them were babies in the pouch of the mother who was killed on the road.

The kangaroos are now mostly ancestors of original rescues. Most kangaroos live 10-12 years but the hand a 22 year old male and 20 year old female. Right now the head of the mob is the male named Gentle Face.

Because it was night we got to see the animals being active. Besides the kangaroos, there were several types of wallabies. They come in all sizes, some as small as rats.

We got to pet a wombat. He will be released back into the wild at some point when he starts becoming aggressive. Got up close to koalas and pet them…the males were just sitting in the tree, but the female and young one were more active.

There were several Tasmanian Devils. We got to feed them and they “put on a show” fighting over the food and making their devilish screams. It is breeding season so there was a lot of fighting and screaming going on. The males will cage the female inside the “cave” and once the female is pregnant she won’t let the males back into the cave. It was quite interesting to see.

We fed 2 Tawny Frogmouths, owl looking marsupials. Other animals were Sugar Gliders, Quoll, Bushytail Golden Possum, Potaroo and Bettong. Be sure to check out the photos.

The night was great. Back to our hotel to for an early night to catch up on our sleep.

FYI: Airport Security- In NZ we did not have to remove our shoes (in the US I have to remove my flip flops!) nor did we have to wait for a signal to go through the entrance. In Melbourne at the Domestic Terminal you didn’t need a boarding pass to go through security. People meeting people getting off the plane at the gate and also saying goodbye. No one was watching as you went through the security entrance. Again no shoe removal!



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