I've spent a fair amount of time at various zoos and animal parks in the last year and a half, but just recently visited Ballarat Wildlife Park for the first time while Ali and Jess were in town. Aside from the usual array of kangaroos and koalas, this park offers the opportunity to hold a wombat. My sister Ali has been obsessed with wombats for some time, and actually discovered this park even before Peter and I moved to Australia. It's one of the few places in the world where you are able to hold (instead of just pet) a wombat, and it happens to be a short train ride from Melbourne. Obviously, it was on Ali's list of places to visit while in Australia. Jess and I weren't entirely convinced about the whole wombat thing, but Jess wanted to feed kangaroos so we decided to humor Ali and give it a go.
Ali doing a decent job of faking a smile five minutes after the most devastating moment of her life.
I can say with 100% certainty that no one has ever been more thrilled to hold what I can only describe as a mouse on steroids.
After a few seconds and a bunch of pictures, the zookeeper guy instructed Ali to set the wombat carefully on the ground, which is apparently easier said than done. Ali said she could barely lift it out of her lap!
Mandatory kangaroo selfie!