Today, we visited the University of Newcastle; Oriumbah campus for a free lunch with the rest of the international students before we headed to the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby. We got mini dutch pancakes and some of us played laser tag before we headed to play with the koala bears and kangaroos.
Kangaroos on the Loose..
We got to visit a Reptile park where they keep some of Australia's most common animals such as kangaroos, koalas, crocodiles, wallabies, spiders, snakes, dingoes, turtles, and birds of all sorts. It was a very interesting park, but places like this always make me kind of sad because the animals aren't in their natural habitat. Buuuuut, it was really cool. We got to feed kangaroos, take pictures with Koala bears (we can't hold them because it's illegal in the state of New South Wales), see man-eating Python snakes, 9-foot long crocodiles, and spiders that can kill you with one bite.
Australia has some of the most deadliest and most poisonous animals in the world, all within the country. We learned a little about history, and what to avoid during our stay here. The koalas were so cute, and the kangaroos were very feisty. They grabbed the bag of food right out of my hand and started ripping it to shreds. The coolest part was seeing a python that is the only man-eating snake in the world, (pictured below), can eat a child or a small adult, but is very rare that that happens.
It was a really fun day for all of us, but when we go to Queensland, we will actually be able to hold the Koala bear there and take a picture with it because it is legal. And there are places where kangaroos run free, and we will most likely see some wild ones during our stay here. I can't wait until that happens, but this was a great start to introduce us to these creatures!