For Iris

Blogger friend Iris Flavia asked to see the photos of me holding a koala on the day I went to the Cleland Wildlife park with my friends J and J:

these are from 2014, so I look a little different now, certainly my hair is much longer.

Comments

  1. That is a truly lovely photo - you certainly have your hands and arms full with the koala. Was it heavy?

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    1. Elephant's Child; thank you. He was heavy, but potential holders are warned beforehand about that.

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  2. Beautiful photo - you do look lovely and the koala is a friendly one.

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    1. Margaret D; thank you. These koalas have been at the park for quite some time and are used to being handled. They're tame enough, but still need to be careful. Even koalas have cranky days.

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  3. Awwww, thank you, so cute, both of you! It must´ve been wonderful!

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    1. Iris Flavia; it was wonderful, and the rest of the park was equally wonderful. I fed some kangaroos, or maybe they were wallabies, while my friend J fed some camels.

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  4. What a sweet little bundle that koala is.....heavy?????????

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    1. only slightly confused; yes, quite heavy and very sturdy, well muscled, not soft.

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  5. Oooooh, a real koala! Sigh. I want to travel! NOW!

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    1. Charlotte; better to wait until the world is virus free, then come on down.

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  6. OH, wow! He seems so gentle with you. I had assumed they had claws. Well, he probably does, but seems very docile.

    I want to see the new hair! You have a lovely smile.

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    1. Sandi; they do have very large claws, kit's how they climb trees, but these koalas have become used to being handled. There are only a few than can be held, and each is well fed before the handling hour, then only one hour is allotted for handling, about 12-15 people for a few minutes each, just long enough to get a photo.
      The new hair is a frizzy mess, tied back into a pony tail.

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  7. This is so adorable. And not just the koala!

    XO
    WWW

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  8. What a cute picture of you both. Thanks for putting a pretty face to the name.

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  9. These are beautiful photos, River...I'm glad Iris asked to see them again. :)

    That koala was big fellow...a lovely big fellow. I bet he was a bit heavy!

    I hope the week ahead treats you kindly...take care. Cuddles to Lovely Lady Lola. :)

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    1. Lee; thank you. Iris hadn't seen these before, she is reasonably new to the blog. The koala was heavy and we were instructed on how to hold him so that he didn't have to grip with his claws. Lola is sound asleep on the bed, curled so tightly I can't tell one end from the other.

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  10. What nice photos. I've never held a koala. Are they heavy?

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    1. Andrew; thank you, yes they are heavy, although I suppose the babies aren't.

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    1. Joanne; a big placid baby, toddler weight :)

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  12. Those are great pictures. That koala is a flattering short-term accessory for you!

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    1. Val; not the sort of accessory I'd want on a daily basis :)

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  13. Wow - I LOVE this picture! You look very young for the age you keep telling us you are, even if it's from six years ago. And that koala is pretty adorable :)

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    1. jenny_o; thank you; the young-for-age is a genetic thing, runs in the family. My mum didn't look her age until the cancer really took hold.

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  14. While i've gotten to hold a joey, and visit with lemurs, anteaters and sloths, i've never had the pleasure of meeting a koala. Wonderful photo!

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  15. Hi River,

    I have a picture with a Koala too when I was in your wonderful country way back in 2005.

    :o)

    Cheers

    PM

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