The best thing about WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is handling the animals. I loved it when Terry the black cockatoo sat on my shoulder. He was unusually heavy and he nibbled my cheek! He is a red-tailed black cockatoo. While he was sitting on my shoulder my brother Thom ran up and scared him away and he was very reluctant to get back on again.
So I got to hold a tawny frogmouth instead. He was extremely heavy on the end of my arm. I learned that he is not an owl, like Hedwig in Harry Potter, although he does look a bit like Hedwig. But he’s not white. He has very big eyes and he’s nocturnal. I learned that owls hunt with their feet and tawny frogmouths hunt with their beaks. They have a very big mouth.
I had a guided tour with Ben. He was a dude. But he was very nice. First of all, he showed my brother and I some short-neck turtles and some whistling ducks. It was very hot in the butterfly house. My favourite was a big blue one that Ben said was called a Ulysses butterfly. Ulysses is the name of an ancient Greek guy. The butterfly doesn’t look particularly Greek but it is very nice.
I saw some squishy things stuck on some glass. Ben told me they were white-lipped tree frogs that swallow using their eyeballs. Ewwww. That’s weird.
I was amazed when Ben started whistling to attract a bush stone-curlew. He was whistling for about five minutes and suddenly a bird came out, it looked a bit like a big furry Ibis. He started whistling back. It was pretty amazing.
Ben said the bird thought he was another bush stone-curlew and they are very territorial so it was trying to scare us off. When I got home, I tried to practise whistling like Ben. I can almost do it. Next time I go to WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, I’m going to try to call out one of those birds.
Then we looked at Monty, a five-metre scrub python. It cuddles you to death. But really it eats rabbits. I saw lots of different snakes: eastern black snake, tiger snake, red bellied black snake and a diamond python. Bill Blake, 8
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