|Good thing I practice "the tree" in yoga.|
"Be a tree."
That was the advice of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary employee while positioning my limbs (arms) in preparation for a koala to perch on me.
Her name was Tinkerbell. And the minute I felt the trusting weight of her compact body lean into me, I fell in love.
Why do so many people go nuts over koalas? Perhaps because they are insanely cute. And they smell--so adorable!--like cough drops. I think the fact that they are marsupials adds to their allure. How delightful is the fact that they carry their young in a pouch?
|Munching on eucalyptus, ergo the cough drop scent.|
|Can get up to 85 K (190 pounds) and 190 cm (75 inches ) tall.|
Dave was especially thrilled to get to see--finally--the Southern Cassowary. This colorful, large, flightless bird is the only bird in Australia that ever killed a man. That was in 1926 so it's really not something to lose sleep over.
We also saw various other birds, wombats, a Tasmanian devil (which looks nothing like the cartoon version), platypuses, and kangaroos.
Getting to the sanctuary was fun because--although you can drive or take a bus--we chose to ride a boat up the Brisbane River.
|Dave's got photo skills.|
When we returned to downtown, we walked around the city, just exploring. Before we knew it, the sun was setting. And we experienced a final treat: the splendor of Brisbane at night.