An­i­mal magic at Woolies

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CROWDS of chil­dren were at Can­non­vale Woolworths on Satur­day af­ter­noon where bare­foot bush­man Rob Bredl had a range of na­tive an­i­mals on dis­play.

Woolworths Can­non­vale relief store man­ager Tina Har­ri­son said Mr Bredl was in­vited to the store as part of a trad­ing day for the com­pany’s Aussie an­i­mal col­lectable cards.

Kids have been amass­ing the cards through­out the school hol­i­days and Ms Har­ri­son said in all there were 108 to col­lect.

“We held the trad­ing day so they could swap with other chil­dren and get a full al­bum of cards,” she said.

“And Rob was kind enough to bring some of his an­i­mals along [on the day].”

A cou­ple of snakes, a blue-tongue lizard, a cock­a­too, some duck­lings, a piglet, a Joey, a baby pos­sum and lots of baby croc­o­diles were among Mr Bredl’s an­i­mal en­tourage.

Ms Har­ri­son said the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the bare­foot bush­man, his an­i­mals and the chil­dren was “re­ally great”.

“It was over­whelm­ing the amount of peo­ple who came and the amount of chil­dren – they just loved it,” she said.

“And Rob re­ally en­joyed it too – he en­joyed be­ing out there and talk­ing to all the kids.”

Mr Bredl was well-known for his in­volve­ment with the for­mer Whit­sun­day croc­o­dile farm in Air­lie Beach.

He also be­came known as the bare­foot bush­man, a name he gave to his first suc­cess­ful doc­u­men­tary se­ries that sold world­wide.

AN­I­MAL MAGIC: Bare­foot bush­man Rob Bredl de­lighted chil­dren with his an­i­mal dis­play at the Can­non­vale Woolworths on Satur­day.

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