Day 2 at Native Animal Rescue
First fix the Bandicoot’s breakfast. The Bandicoot is a small cute pointy nosed marsupial with a long tail and is sometimes mistaken for a giant rat. Occasionally this happens in reverse and giant rats are mistaken for Bandicoots, as happened with a receptionist at a local business who called the rescue centre for Bandicoot retrieval services and was found petting a large rat and feeding it her lunch in the office one day. It’s Aboriginal name is a Quenda and it is very fast on it’s feet and partial to a cube or two of cheese.
Next we fed the baby honeyeaters ( a sort of humming bird)and the Wattle bird with delicious insectivore mince. This mince has to be mixed by hand daily while wearing surgical gloves and fed to the baby birds with plastic tweezers. It does not smell the best.
Highlight of the day today was catching the endangered Black Cockatoos from the large aviary which were due for release back into their flocks. Each bird has it’s DNA matched to existing wild flocks so they can return them in exactly the right area which is pretty cool. They are big handsome birds, the males have pink eye rings and big black plumes on their heads. We had to try and catch them with a giant net and a sort of Tom and Jerry chase sequence ensued. The Cockatoo expert guy ( a sort of Cockatoo version of Crocodile Dundee) was pretty impressive with the parrot net and his comprehensive knowledge of these rare birds whose nesting sites, mainly large ancient trees, are rapidly being destroyed. I cuddled Peppi the Possum some more in the absence of anything else available that wouldn’t bite me.
The very tolerant Peppi the brushtail Possum
Drove home happily listening to the Ozzie radio stations which tend to favour mainly eighties soft rock tunes with titles such as “I’m TNT I’m Dynamite,”and ‘I love Women in uniform.” I’ve never heard so many eighties hits that were never hits here. R&B has not conquered the West Coast airwaves round this neck of the barbie yet. Pick up a Pelican
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