Today we saw and fed kangaroos. There were so many of them
and they liked us.
We really liked them, too. We were at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary between Brighton and Richmond, Tasmania.
When we entered this sanctuary, each human received a bag of kangaroo food. The kangaroos were waiting for us and looking for the food.
Aren’t they so cute? Soon the wildlife tour began. We first saw a wombat.
These guys are strong, fast and not afraid to give a nasty bite if they want to be left alone. Wombats live in burrows, and if a predator tries to enter, the wombat will allow the predator to touch his rump, and then the wombat will raise his rump and crush the predator against the roof of the burrow. Wombats have broken human hands this way, also. Here is another strange fact about wombats. They have square poop which they place on elevated surfaces to mark their territory. The square shape stops the poop from rolling away.
Scientists know they have square poop, they just don’t know how they make their poop square. Next we went to see the Tasmanian Devils.
The Tasmanian Devils were the main reason for visiting Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. The Tasmanian Devil is threatened because they have a rare form of contagious cancer. They have Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD). So far there is no known cure for this disease. These devils have a bad reputation because of the shrieking noise they make when eating. The devils we saw were kind of cute.
This one kept running around his enclosure.
Here are the koalas.
One was in his tree, almost sleeping.
The koalas were so cute, but they don’t move much. This is a spotted tailed quoll.
He is having a snack. There were also brightly colored birds.
We liked the Musk Lorikeet.
This is the only Lorikeet native to Tasmania. The sulphur crested cockatoo is beautiful.
We saw many birds and other small animals, but the kangaroos were certainly the stars of the day. This one has a baby, or joey in her pouch.
We think this kangaroo is our new friend! For more information visit http://www.bonorong.com.au You will love this place.
When the humans need a break, this is the place.