Weblog: I pet a friggin’ kangaroo (6/16/22)


I did one thing this previous weekend that I didn’t even know I needed to do. Till I had the chance to, that’s. You might need guessed it, for those who learn this far.

Final Friday after work, a pal and I ventured to the faraway land of Illinois, in opposition to rush hour visitors, truckers, persistent rain and asinine fuel costs. All so we may go see some critters on the Aikman Wildlife Journey in Arcola.

We’ve pet wolves earlier than (superb expertise. Everybody ought to do it.), and once we heard about this place, we knew we needed to go. Hyenas, emus, horses, deer, rabbits, llamas together with one named Derek, free-roaming peacocks, even a pair of camels named Fabio and Randy reside there.

We did all of it, walked the path, pet and fed some goats, even took a wagon journey across the park to see the larger creatures and feed them, too. I watched as a mother and pop seated subsequent to me held their younger daughters, displaying all of them the wild round them.

The mother spoke of a resident she’d met earlier than named Ziggy. Turned out Ziggy was a zedonk: the results of a zebra and a donkey…you understand. How cool is that?! The zedonk, not the opposite factor. I’m digging myself right into a gap right here, aren’t I?

After the wagon journey, we headed to the aptly-named Watering Gap. It wasn’t as sizzling because it has been this week, however everyone knows that any trip within the Indiana summer season warmth requires one thing chilly. For us, it was ice cream: a chocolate shake and a root beer float.

Then, we paid our dues and obtained a personal session with all types of furry buddies. We did have the chance to take a look at some scaly ones, however both of us have been too eager on that concept.

First, we pet a sugar glider, a hedgehog and a Netherland dwarf rabbit. In case you don’t know what a sugar glider is, suppose smaller flying squirrel however cuter.

Then, we moved on to the mob. Sure, a gaggle of kangaroos known as a mob. There was even one named Scarface. Yeah, I do know.

Two of the kangaroos, Leonidas and Scarface, have been to not be touched as they didn’t look after it a lot. However you finest wager we pet those we may. And let me let you know, these issues are means softer than you suppose they’re.

So, that’s how I crossed one thing off my bucket checklist with out ever realizing it was on there. By no means in my wildest desires did I believe I’d be close to a kangaroo, not to mention pet one.

In terms of stuff like this, I’m often the one behind the digital camera. I used to be for many of this journey, truly. However my pal fortunately snapped a few of me, and solely one among these am I keen to place in print.


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