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Published: March 30th 2018
Scratch me right there.
Hobart, Tasmania – March 30,2018 - Weather forecast: mostly sunny, daytime temperature of 18°C; wind speed 16kts (5 Beaufort)
Today we rose early and had our breakfast delivered to us as we set off for a visit to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and the nearby historic village of Richmond. The sanctuary takes in wild animals that have been injured due to adverse encounters with motor vehicles as well as attacks from domestic dogs. The staff attempt to rehabilitate the animals so that they can return to the wild, but those that are seriously injured and need extensive medical treatment become permanent residents of the sanctuary.
The sanctuary has a fairly large group of kangaroos, known as a “mob,” which you could walk among and hand feed. Kangaroo food pellets were supplied free of charge and the roos almost seemed to line up for us to feed them. The staff told us that if you patted them on the shoulder or the top of the head they would interpret that as you wanted them to go away. However, they had a spot right on under their chin where they loved to
Can I have some?
be scratched, and so we obliged them.
Wombats, koalas, echidnas, emus, quolls, devils and a variety of birds rounded out the animals on display. Of course, we were excited to finally see several Tasmanian Devils fairly close up. We were not allowed to handle the animals other than the kangaroos.
A short drive took us to the quaint historic town of Richmond which boasts of having the first Anglican Church in Tasmania, the first Catholic church in Tasmania and the first stone bridge in Tasmania. All of these are stone structures that were constructed in the 1800’s by convict laborers.
After a short drive we were back in Hobart to do a little shopping before we re-boarded the ship for our next leg of the journey over to New Zealand, 2+ days away.
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