Up close (very close) with a koala

We’re not big fans of zoos. You know: tiny cages housing animals who would rather be exploring in the wild. But we decided to give Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas, Australia a try. It’s a wildlife sanctuary, so they’ve taken in injured animals and nursed them to health. Plus, we figured this would be our one chance to actually hold a koala (Ken has a special connection to koalas, ever since creating his puppet character Pudding back in college).

And here we are with our new friend Grizzly…

He was a good sport to put up with us interrupting his daily routine (sleep, sleep, eat some leaves, sleep and sleep). We discovered that besides being lazy and sleepy, koalas are stinky.

I’m working on a post about the other critters we saw Down Under- stay tuned!


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5 Responses to Up close (very close) with a koala

  1. scott schroeder says:

    They wouldn’t be so stinky if you didn’t hug them so tight. I think it might make them fart.

    • Karen says:

      Well, if you must know Scott, they stink cause many are too lazy to move their bum from the branch when they poo. And they don’t use T.P. Ugh.

      • Ken says:

        Hey, don’t forget the scientific explanation: they have scent glands on their chests, and they leave their scent on “their” tree, so others know it’s taken.

        And the poop thing Karen said.

  2. Dee says:

    I was at the very same place when I traveled to Aussie in 1989! So cool. There truly aren’t very huggable. But, so darn cute!!! Are you planning to wrestle a crocodile like Crocodile Dundee? Have fun! Do they call sweatshirts – sloppy joes? That’s what they called them when I was there. Have you tried the XXXX Beer? That’s the name, XXXX.

    • Karen says:

      I liked that place so much Dee, I went three times! Fun to hang with the critters. Koalas fur is slightly soft, yet not cuddly like Mr. Wilson! No XXXX beer for us….we had ginger wine. Yum.

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