Monday, January 28, 2013

A magic moment

Over the weekend Inspector Climate and Inspector Climate's Mom and I went to the Healesville Sanctuary. The sanctuary is filled with Australian animals from the cute and cuddly (kangaroos! koalas! wombats! oh my!) to the not so cute - giant lizards, poisonous snakes, and the beautiful but fierce birds of prey.

I had never been before, so before we journeyed out into the hills of Melbourne I did a bit of research about the zoo. For extra bucks you can have a unique zoo experience to suit your every desire (I know it sounds like I'm selling the zoo here, but this post is not sponsored, I just think it's cool!). You could spend the big dollars and have a close encounter with a platypus (my favourite animal) or for small dollars ($10) you could have a 'magic moment' with the fur creature of your choice.

My heart pounded as I read the options. I could hang with a kangaroo, get up close with a koala, Or. OR touch two baby wombats. Sold.

Before I could have my magic moment, we had to find the wombats. Naturally, we got distracted by Crap Man. The Zooper Hero encouraging us all to wipe for wildlife with recycled toilet paper.

 And then it was the moment. The moment of all moments - the magic moment. I was coming face to face with BABY WOMBATS. I'm sorry for so many pictures...but seriously, they were too cute. I'm always a bit torn...does one pet the animals knowing that they shouldn't be domesticated, but also that they're taking one for the team to protect their habitats and fellow animal friends...

It's hard to debate the decision when you're faced with this:


"Well, hello. I'm adorable"





And during this magic moment, I succumbed and pet the baby wombats, c'mon! Wouldn't you? Tummy scratches? Yes please.



Can you even stand it?


Of course, the cuteness didn't stop ... Meet the adorable koala.


The echidna!

And one more adorable koala.


Two of my favourite things...cute animals and this guy!


What did you get up to over the weekend?

36 comments:

  1. Longtime reader, infrequent (if ever commenter) yadda yadda ... am also a Yank expat in Melb, FWIW. I got stung by an ant (I think) last weekend whilst camping on the Buffalo River and it is still bothering me so I was Googling things that bit and sting in Aus ... did you know that the male platypus is venomous?! Following your magic moment with a fun [weird] fact!

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  2. I'm squirming from the sheer amount of adorable content of this post (and the ridiculous amount of jealousy it's producing)!!

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  3. Oh my goodness, I used to go there all the time as a kid but its been well over a decade since my last visit. Aussie animals really are the best though, so unique and adorable!

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  4. I cannot stand it! GAH! The cuteness! Love . . .

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  5. Thank you so much for stopping by at my blog! I read about your employment situation this morning. It surely must be a difficult and hard time that you are going through, but I'll hope and pray for you that everything will turn to the better soon!

    And those cuties are just adorable!!

    xox - Ina

    www.petite-saigon.com

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  6. How cuuuuuute! Baby Wombats!!
    My weekend was a little bit different- No outside activities for me when it's -6°C outside ;)

    Kisses from Austria,
    Simone

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  7. Awww, baby animals!!! Who can not squee.

    I used to work with a girl who SWORE I looked like a koala. I had to take that as a compliment.

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  8. omg wombats are adorable! I don't think I ever really knew what they looked like before seeing your pictures!

    - Val @ KnotTiedDown.com

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  9. I can't wait for Crystal to comment on this post. :)

    But seriously, awww!

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  10. I am in love with the animals of Australia!! I have never seen a koala bear in real life and honestly if I ever saw one I'd have really resist the urge to steal it!!! Soo that's what a wombat looks like?!?! Adorable!!!! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  11. Aww I had no idea baby Wombats were so freaking adorable!

    I heart you! And I'm so glad you had some much deserved fun this weekend!

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  12. Healesville Sanctuary is officially added to my bucket list of travel destinations now :)

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  13. Those baby wombats are ADORABLE! So are all the other animals. I'm totally jealous. Thanks for sharing these great photos!

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  14. ah so darling!! LOVE these pics. jealous!
    xo chaseandem.blogspot.com

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  15. So cute! I just want to squeeze one :)

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  16. Oh my gosh I am so jealous I can barely see straight... how cool!! We love animals so much. I went to a brewfest on Saturday with my family and then did a bunch of boring chores and errands on Sunday. I would much rather have had your weekend!

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  17. I love wombats!! I think they were my fave by the time I left this last time :-)

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  18. Sounds like a wonderful place! And Crapman had me DYING! I LOVE it!!!!
    Great pictures - thanks for sharing.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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  19. Oh my heart!! What an amazing experience. Something I am sure you will never ever forget!

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  20. This is amazing. I am so jealous! I have never seen a koala.

    XO Lourdes

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  21. What is it about marsupials that makes them substantially cuter than all other animals??? I had no clue baby wombats were so cute. I'm with Krysten, I totally want a baby wombat now.

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  22. DofWhy, I love that you thought of me :)

    Ok, so this post is probably my favourite of all time on decoybetty. I was reading it on my shitty smartphone on the TGV yesterday, and was trying to suppress the SQUEEs from the stone-faced Frenchies all around me. I won't lie - I was overcome by a wave of jealousy that made me want to get off the TGV and take another one to the airport and fly directly to Australia. I want to go to there.

    Koalas are my second favourite animals (after otters) and it is MY DREAM IN LIFE to hold one and make cooing sounds at it. I got to hold a baby otter at an animal sanctuary in Thailand back in June, and it made my life. Forget graduating uni and getting married, holding that squirmy ball of cuteness is what I will remember on my deathbed.

    Thank you for this post and these pictures!

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  23. I would love to comment on this, but I am currently dead from an overdose of cute.

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  24. OMG I had no idea baby wombats were so adorable!! Love it!

    Chao
    Poppie
    http://thepoppie.com

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  25. Baby wombats are SOOOOOO cute. I "met" one at a national park once, it was startled to see me and started to run away but dozed off during its efforts. Hehe! This looks like a fun day out for you.

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  26. Oh my goodness!!! So so cute. I would have loved to experience this.

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  27. Well, I think I'm dying of cuteness overload. Totally adorable stuff you got there.

    xo
    Kym
    bitty.and.bunny
    $80 MsDressy Giveaway

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  28. Oh my goodness, so cute! Between the baby wombats and the koalas, I don't even know what's cuter!

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  29. That Koala bear is perhaps the cutest thing I've ever seen!

    http://www.farfelue.com/

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  30. Oh my gosh!!!!! Baby koalas!!!!!! Totally jealous!

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