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Australia Zoo

We went to Australia Zoo, which was founded by Steve Irwin’s parents. Steve caught his first crocodile with his Dad when he was 9!
Steve died of a stingray sting near his heart, in 2006.
Steve Irwin was nicknamed the Crocodile Hunter because he caught crocodiles in the wild.

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The majority of the crocodiles in the zoo are saltwater crocodiles, they’re in the zoo because they hung around boat ramps scaring the public. One of the crocodiles, ate a mans dog when he was out walking it!

We saw some Tasmanian Devils, they look like oversized rats! The markings on their back are unique to each Devil.

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This is an Echidna, it’s like a porcupine it had a long nose and an 18cm long tongue that’s sticky to gather up worms, ants and termites.

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I fed some kangaroos, you have to make sure your hand was flat, their tongue felt rough when the licked up the food but they were very gentle.
They can jump 3 metres high, and 12 metres long in one bound!

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Cassowaries, are big black emu like birds with colourful heads. They are endangered in the wild.

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We also saw dingos, binturongs, camels, tigers, wombats, snakes, lizards, dragons, rhinoceros iguanas, otters, parrots, an eagle, commodore, laughing cookaburros, alligators, I also stroked a koala.

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25th February

Yesterday morning we had camel ride on Lighthouse beach, Port Macquarie’s most southern beach. We met the camels and they knelt down funny, they bend their front legs and kneel down, then  bend their back legs down. It was easier to get onto a camel than to get onto a horse because camels kneel down for you unlike horses where you have to pull yourself up. We walked along the beach and then we stopped, the men told us camel facts and some jokes.

Dromedary’s, 1 humped camels, live in hot deserts, like in Australia, and Bactrian’s, 2 humped camels live in cold deserts, such as ones in Mongolia and Northern China. A way to remember the 2 different types of camels and how many humps they have is that a ‘D’ on its side looks like 1 hump, and D is for Dromedary. A ‘B’ on its side looks like 2 humps, and B is for Bactrian.

Here are some jokes that our camel man said –

Q- How do you get down from a camel?

A – You don’t, you get down from a duck!

Q – Why can’t a bike stand up?

A – Because it’s too tired! (two tyred)

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My camel was called Matilda.

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After lunch we went to a koala hospital. They rescue koalas that have been in a bushfire, or attacked by a dog and other injuries. In the koala hospital they bring back koalas to full health and release them back into the wild, if they have been permanently damaged they stay in the hospital for  the rest of their lives.

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