Spring ba­bies sprung at zoo

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - AARON LANGMAID

Spring new­borns are keep­ing Aus­tralia’s favourite TV zo­ol­o­gist on his toes. Baby emu Ed­die, koala Mozart, Stan­ley the south­ern hairy-nosed wom­bat and Leroy the wal­laby are the lat­est ar­rivals at Chris Hum­frey’s Wild Ac­tion Zoo in Vic­to­ria. “It’s an around-the-clock job and I’m not get­ting a lot of sleep but I love it,’’ Hum­frey (above) said.

SPRING new­borns are keep­ing Aus­tralia’s favourite TV zo­ol­o­gist on his toes.

Baby emu Ed­die, koala Mozart, Stan­ley the south­ern hairy-nosed wom­bat and Leroy the wal­laby are the lat­est ar­rivals at Chris Hum­frey’s Wild Ac­tion Zoo in Vic­to­ria.

“It’s an around-the-clock job and I’m not get­ting a lot of sleep but I love it,’’ Hum­frey said. “It’s an hon­our to be look­ing af­ter them but just like par­ent­hood, it can be drain­ing.’’

Hum­frey, host of the hit show An­i­mal In­stinct on Fox­tel’s An­i­mal Planet, said the suc­cess of the first sea­son had helped raise aware­ness about the wel­fare of many of Aus­tralia’s nat­u­ral species.

He said habi­tat for some of Aus­tralia’s most com­mon and most loved an­i­mals con­tin­ued to dis­ap­pear.

``You hear about kan­ga­roos and wal­la­bies be­ing com­mon on the out­skirts of cities but over­all, most of their habi­tat is dis­ap­pear­ing and peo­ple need to put that in per­spec­tive,” he said.

Pic­ture: ALEX COPPEL

BAND OF BROTH­ERS: Chris Hum­frey with some of his spring ba­bies, Leroy the wal­laby, Ed­die the emu, Stan­ley the wom­bat and Mozart the koala, at Wild Ac­tion Zoo.

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