Well, I’m officially old. I turned 24 yesterday and as usual Jon planned a great birthday surprise for me. I was totally in the dark this time and my closest guess for what he planned wasn’t even remotely close. We drove up North about an hour where Jon had found a KANGAROO FARM!!!! It was the strangest place. They had all sorts of animals that you could feed and pet. The first animals that we got to see were a collection of chickens and other birds that were just wandering around the place. My favorite animals were this giant turkey and these chickens that had down feathers all the way to their feet that made them look like they were wearing fuzzy go go boots. I’d never seen a real live turkey that close and it was sort of scary, he definitely looked like he could handle himself. We also saw this cool looking duck that had a red bill and all black feathers, he looked like a little gangster. They had some gorgeous peacocks wandering around too that were really pretty.
We waited for a few minutes and then the tour began. The first animals that we got to see were a family of ring tailed lemurs. They were really cute and could jump from the ground to the tour guide’s shoulder so fluidly it was really amazing. We also saw some special breeds of pheasant that they had. Next it was the big item, kangaroos! They had the kangaroos in an enclosed area and gave us each a little bread so that we could feed them. They ate right out of our hands and were surprisingly friendly. I always thought kangaroos were sort of mean, but these ones were pretty docile. We even saw some mommys with little joeys in their pouch and we got to pet them and feed them too. They also had rabbits and tortoises thrown into the mix. The wallabies also shared the same enclosure as the kangaroos. I never really knew what a wallaby was until I saw them. They’re just like kangaroos, but more furry and chubbier looking. They also had these really strange animals in there, I never really got the full name something like Patagonian Capris or something, but I dubbed them guinea deers because they look like guinea pigs with little deer legs, so weird! After the kangaroos they took us to see and feed a ton of other animals. They had mules, donkeys, more chickens and goats in one area and we fed them these alfalfa pellets. Then we headed over and saw this miniature horse, which I guess is different from a pony. We also got to see an ostrich and two emus, but they didn’t let us feed them (probably because they’d peck our eyes out or something). The last animals we got to feed were some alpaca llamas. They were pretty gentle and the tour guide coaxed some of us to feed them from our mouths. I tried it…wasn’t the best experience of my life, but I escaped unscathed. When we went back to the starting point of the tour we all got to hold a baby joey and take pictures with it. It was really neat and he was soooo cute.
After we were finished at the farm Jon took me to Outback Steak House just to complete the Aussie theme of my birthday. We both had really good meals and I even got a free ice cream treat.
I’d say overall it was a grand adventure and a really fun birthday! Too bad birthdays only come once a year 🙂