Yes, it was my birthday yesterday and first I want to say a big thank you to all my facebook friends who sent me good wishes... I could hear you all singing to me and it made my day.
On Friday while we were at work we enjoyed gorgeous chocolate cupcakes with a creamy caramel topping that Emma had made.... we ate them, thank you Emma they were wonderful.
On Saturday afternoon, Vince and I drove to the Gold Coast. This is the view from the beach near our hotel at Coolangatta. I adore these iconic life guard towers that you find on beaches everywhere, across the ocean in the distance we could see the high rise buildings of the GoldCoast. (not sure you can see them in this photo unless you enlarge it and peer closely!)
At 7.30am we had to present ourselves at the gates of Dreamworld ready for my big adventure...a walk with a tiger. Here we are giving Sita (who weighs 135kgs) a pat, I was really surprised as her fur is very short and dense and not soft like a domestic cats but very flat.
Her tail was so heavy and long...not as long as a cheetah's tail but still long and she was quite happy for me to play with it for a while!
We walked with Sita for an hour in the bushland behind Dream world, she needed to stop lots...to scratch a log, her claws were huge....as were her teeth!
She licked the rock which was covered in Lichen, I am not a plant expert but I am pretty sure that Lichen contains lots of minerals and is/has been used in medicine perhaps thats why she wanted to lick it, certainly most animals seem to know what is instictively good for them.
With so few tigers left in the wild, Dreamworld like most zoos around the world are always raising money towards conservation of these wonderful animals so if your feeling generous then visit 'adopt and animal' either here or through your local zoo and perhpas donate a few dollars because we owe it to the children of the future to do what we can to save some of the endangerd spieces around the world.