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Tylers Going Aussie

Ready For the Wild Ones

Friday, May 29, 2009

Wow what a great day at the Healesville Sanctuary and the Victoria Market. We started off by looking at a sugar glider that was 10 years old! The sugar glider is a marsupial just like most other animals in Australia. And like all other marsupials there is a embryo that grows in the pouch. The embryo of the sugar glider is about half the size of a grain of rice. Next we did an autopsy of a kangaroo. It was interesting to learn in depth about its digestive track. Although it was a bit smelly.

The second part of our day included an incredible Birds of Prey show. Some of the birds that were featured were the black breasted buzzard and the wedged tailed eagle (Australia's largest eagle). One thing that was very peculiar was the buzzard can pick up rocks with its beak and slam them on eggs of emus to crack them open. It was honestly one of the funniest things I have seen in a while. After the show we were privately introduced to Jess the wedged tailed eagle. Jess is the oldest animal on all of Healesville. Finally we went to the Victoria Market where I literally shopped tell I dropped. So far I have had tons of fun looking at captive animals but now I am ready to fly to Alice Springs tomorrow and start seeing the wild ones! So long for now.
- Tyler


Shawn Oh said...

A sugarglider? Wow thats interesting. Buzzards can actually do that? I never knew!

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Essential Programs Details

Duration 14 days
When May 25th - June 7th, 2009
Focus Marine Biology
Aboriginal Culture