On a crisp Thursday morning the grade threes were itching with excitement to go to Healesville Sanctuary, ready to meet the animal they would study for the next few weeks. When we hopped off the bus we were quite hungry but we wanted to look at one of the animals on the coat of arms, the emu which is known to be quite aggressive with its claws. As well as the emu, we saw the rare, brightly coloured and deadly cassowary before we ate our recess near a hut that had information about endangered species.

Next up was the platypus show with yabbies, Murray River turtles and most importantly the platypus which was eating a kind of shrimp called a glass shrimp. After that, on the way to a bird show we saw a really cute rock wallaby that wanted feeding so we each fed it some carrots and corn. We were lucky we didn’t miss the bird show because it was stunning with kites, eagles, buzzards, parrots, cockatoos and even talking parrots! Just before lunch we looked at the reptiles which weren’t moving much because it’s winter and they’re hibernating so it wasn’t too interesting to see them. After that we went to look at the parrots which were quite interesting because we got to feed them nectar and seeds. Some of the birds came right onto the plates that we were using which was pretty surprising.

Speaking of birds, after the parrots while we were having lunch, there were some birds called ibises that were wandering around occasionally trying to unsuccessfully trying to steal our lunch. We were warned that might happen from another grade where the birds had actually stolen someone’s lunch and ate it when they weren’t looking.

Next were the wombats which were curled up in a ball asleep and in a hut near the wombats’ enclosure was some information about Tasmanian Devils but we didn’t see any. After that we saw the night animals like the bilby, possums, and some native mice. Since the walk was a loop, some students were getting a bit lost!

Next we went to see the dingo where it came up to us and put its two front paws on the wire like a dog because they are closely related. When we were walking to the bus we saw the dingo again but this time it was in some kind of bush just relaxing and lying down. Finally on our way out, we had a look for an echidna but we couldn’t find one.

By Julian H 3L

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