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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Wildlife magic

The media, both traditional and social, are full of the story of the US election so here, as a moment of quiet relief, are some photos from our visit to the excellent Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. Apologies that one of the koalas bears a passing resemblance to the President-Elect (and they aren't koala bears, of course, they are marsupials).

Di feeding the wild Lorikeets

"What's that you're saying Skippy? You think Trump might win?!"

"To be honest, I'm bored with the election story now"

"Whaddya mean, I look like Donald Trump?"

Getting to cuddle Sprocket. The sanctuary does amazing work on education and research into the causes of decline in the wild population (now less than 75,000) so the income from the photo ops help fund this.

Surely one of the best jobs. A keeper selects a koala for its 30 minute rota - they are 'on camera' for 30 minutes a day (4 days on, 4 days off) but are returned to their trees if they are in any way unsettled by the publicity. 

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