I woke up today and felt the need for some cuteness in my life, so for this week’s Wednesday Wander I’ve decided to share some photos of koalas. As you might have guessed, that means we’ve wandered to Australia – the first two pictures were taken at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland, and the last one was taken at the Healesville Animal Sanctuary, just outside Melbourne, Victoria.
You’ll note that these photos were taken at animal sanctuaries – that’s because koalas often, sadly, get hit by cars, and their joeys are then orphaned and need to be cared for. They also fall prey to forest fires, as seen in the famous image of a firefighter giving water to a burned koala at the time of the Black Saturday fires. Both Currumbin and Healesville offer the koalas sanctuary in a space as close as possible to their natural habitats, where they can be still be cared for. I have seen koalas in the wild – but they were high in the feathery tops of gum trees, small round shapes swaying gently with the breeze.
This last photo, from Healesville, was actually taken at my hen party. As my family and most of my bridesmaids were overseas, a lovely friend arranged my hen party for me – the day started with lunch in a private dining room hidden among gum trees, then we got to walk around and see the animals afterwards. The fact that I was dressed in several layers of hot pink clothing (due to being the hen) didn’t matter – we had a great time, and it was the perfect choice for a wedding with so many overseas guests.
And now it’s back to my day. I had some other work planned but, with things as they are, I might just step back through the gate into Ambeth. I have a fourth book to be getting on with, after all! Thanks for coming on another Wednesday Wander with me – see you next time.