|Here Pingu, have a fish|
|Me with a dead fish.|
Together with Christelle, they headed to Milton Keynes on the Saturday morning with the intention of being back before my penguin experience started at 3pm. Meanwhile, Lydia and I spent the day with my family so they could have as much time as possible with her before we had to head back to Switzerland.
We had planned for them to join us at the wildlife park around 2-2:30pm. However, when Chris rang me at 2pm they were still in Milton Keynes. Not a good sign - it usually takes at least an hour to make the drive from Milton Keynes to Datchworth (where my parents live), and Broxbourne is even further away. I remember thinking how it was a big shame that they might miss me feeding the penguins, especially as it was their gift to me.
|Hey little guys, fresh fish!|
Then I began to feed the penguins. It was fantastic - the keeper called out "FOOD!" to the penguins and they all slowly, nervously began to waddle over to where I was sitting. Penguins are very fearful creatures so if one of them retreats, they tend to all retreat. Luckily, the penguins must have had a particularly brave day, as the majority of them waddled over to me and took fish right out of my hands.
It was amazing! I had to be very careful when feeding them the fish as penguins have lots of sharp bristles inside their mouths that they use to catch fish in the open water - it would be pretty painful to get a finger trapped in their mouth!
|Not sure Lydia enjoyed|
it that much...
When the little guys stopped coming to get the fish from me, and prompted by the keeper, I began throwing fish into the pool to let the penguins swim for their food. That was really fun, and seeing penguins cut through water so fast and gracefully is quite a contrast to their clumsy, waddling demeanour on land.
|What I might look like|
if I was a meerkat...
I had already seen one of my life's dreams fulfilled that day, so no amount of big cats or scaly snakes could make an impression on me.
Thanks so much to Nelly and Bernard for their present, it really meant a lot to me.
Now, on to my next dream - seeing penguins in their natural habitat.
If I start saving for that now, I might be able to afford it by the time I'm retired.