Sleeping Koala Bear in the Sydney Zoo

Australia: Day 12 — Blue Sydney & The Birds and Beasts

In a previous post, I mentioned the cool, historic, renovated hotel, built in 1897, at which I’m staying:  Blue Sydney.  The building looks the same on the outside as it always did, a condition of the permit to renovate.

The entrance still feels very much like a warehouse, but the rooms are warm and welcoming.  The room in which I’m staying is a lovely top floor loft with a view of the harbor.  Very nice.  Pictures below show the main entrance and waiting area.

Blue Sydney Balcony near Room
Blue Sydney Balcony near Room
Old Conveyer for Loading Ships (Lobby of the Blue Sydney)
Old Conveyer for Loading Ships (Lobby of the Blue Sydney)
Entryway to the Blue Sydney
Entryway to the Blue Sydney
Waiting Area in the Blue Sydney
Waiting Area in the Blue Sydney
Waiting Area in the Blue Sydney
Waiting Area in the Blue Sydney

One does not travel to the other end of the earth and leave not having seen a koala bear.  I’ve see kangaroo, exotic and bizarre birds, Tasmanian Devils, but no koala bear, which isn’t actually a bear.  So off to the extremely well down Sydney Zoo.

I saw lots of koala bear, all of them sleeping.  Apparently their diet provides so little nutrition, that’s all they have energy to do!  And while they are not aggressive if you leave them alone, they are not the sweet little cuddly things one thinks unless they are heavily sedated.

But my favorite beast in the zoo was the duck-billed platypus.  Unfortunately, he has to live in a very dark habitat, so dark I couldn’t even get a focus on him.  And while I shot a manual focus picture, I’m not including it–just too dark and blurred as he was moving about vigorously.

He was adorable!  The zoo keeper said he rarely makes an appearance, but he was frolicking about in his tank having the time of his life.  He seemed especially fond of playing around in the bubbles from the aerator.  Baby duck-billed platypus are called puggles.

Exotic Bird 01 in the Sydney Zoo
Exotic Bird
Exotic Bird 02 in the Sydney Zoo
Exotic Bird
Sleeping Koala Bear in the Sydney Zoo
Sleeping Koala Bear
Sleeping Koala Bear 02 in the Sydney Zoo
Sleeping Koala Bear
Giraffe in the Sydney Zoo
Giraffe in the Sydney Zoo
Wallabe in the Sydney Zoo
Wallabe
Emu in the Sydney Zoo
A Very Wet Emu