Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Kangaroos for Mother's Day!

We finally paid a visit to a local 'tourist attraction' right here in Lake Country. I pass the Kangaroo Creek Farm on my runs 3 times a week, and for the last 2 years have been 'meaning to go'. You know how it is?! So this Sunday, on Mothers day no less, we stopped by.

Kangaroo Creek Farm has been breeding kangaroos and wallabys for the last 20 years and is a delightful small operation nestled down off Main street, Lake Country right alongside the creek. There are 2 or 3 small buildings for the animals and a large fenced in pen where the roo's run/jump/bounce around freely. They are mostly pretty tame and familiar with humans, and are used to be handled. There were 2 babies that people were carefully passing around (under the discreet watchful eye of the operators) along with an emu, some pot-belled pigs, baby goats, chickens, a sugar-glider and capybara (the world's largest rodent - and surprisingly cute!) All were just wandering around happy to be petted and fed and photographed.

(L) Chris with the sugar-glider which was desperately trying to get up someone/anyone's sleeves!
(R) The mini goats and the emu - well fed by the time we were done!

I'm sure there's people out there that would complain about the conditions, and the humanization of these animals - but really, they looked happy, well fed, well kept and it's just lovely for us to get a little bit 'up close and personal'. And oh man, how soft was the hair on the kangaroos?! Adorable and extremely cuddly! I'd take one home tomorrow - I'm sure Meli would get along just fine with her! ;-)

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