Sunday 8th April 2007JOurnal brought to you by a very tired and pathetic SophieHAPPY EASTER MY GOOD PEOPLE! Mother you had better be saving me my egg for when I return...I had the WORST night's sleep known to man last night. It started out by me discovering I had got tonsilitis yet again. I swear this is like the third time in a year. I am definitely going to get them removed when I have the next opportunity. I am sure it is not healthy. To make matters worse at 3 in the morning our room mates came bumbling in, let their phones ring on loud for about 5 minutes and then had a ten minute conversation at a normal speaking level. Then I couldn't sleep because I had a fever and was going hot and cold (yes sympathy please). THEN at 5 in the damn morning some Australians decided to have a party outside our room and the girls next door had a shouting match with them telling them to shut up. When the alarm went off at 6:50 I was not a happy bunny. We had a mission of a journey today as we were going to the Australia Zoo and because it was the Easter Weekend we hadn't been able to get on the free courtesy bus. Instead we had to spend three hours on public transport with a transfer of buses in the middle. I fell asleep so it was all good. As you know Tami has got herself into a horrible habit of losing sunglassses so she had made a big promise to herself that this was the last time it would happen and if she lost any more pairs she would punish herself by not eating for a week. Ok that's a lie but she did say she would not buy anymore. A sign that she was taking this promise really seriously was highlighted when the bus driver chased her off the bus, waving a pair of sunglasses that looked horribly familiar. Yes, she had nearly done it again. Honestly you really can't take her anywhere.Once at the zoo, we managed to blag our way in as students and then ran straight to the famous crocoseum where we watched a show involving birds and snakes and elephants and this massive crocodile. For such a professional place the show was a bit disorganised as the birds flew off of their own accord and wouldn't come back when their trainers called them. I am not saying they should do what they say but they didn't handle it very well. The guy who was demonstrating things with the crocodile didn't seem to know what he was doing, despite being the director of the zoo, as when the crocodile came at him really fast he shouted "sh%t" by mistake and ran away.... He did show the croc's death roll though which was cool. Basically the crocodile, in order to kill its prey, locks it in his jaws and then rolls over to disorientate it, making it easier to kill. He was a big brute yet moved at lightening pace. It was crazy. Â We also got to see the camel display (interesting fact I learnt about the camel - Camels are well known for their humps. They do not store water in them as is commonly believed. Their humps are a reservoir of fatty tissue, while water is stored in their blood. This allows them to survive days on end without food and water.), the red fox display and most importantly the otter display. I love otters. Thank you so much Matt for you cute otters that you gave me on facebook - they are so adorable. They were rushing around and chasing eachother and it was cute. Regardless of where you are in the world otters always look like they are so deeply in love. It is glorious. We also watched them being fed and saw them cleverly cracking open the mussels to get inside them. They are soooo adorable. I want to take two home and have them in a big tank at home. Can we daddy? Please please. Pretty please.... We also touched and petted some alpacas, walked through a wetlands area full of ducks and geese and saw Steve Irwin's favourite bird and watched tigers play ball in the temple. It was so funny watching the trainers chuck this huge ball into the water and these massive tigers thundering after it, only to stop at the water's edge and give the trainers a look of "if you think I am jumping in there after that you have got another thing coming". The highlight of the day was getting to feed the majestic elephants. Although not as magnificant as seeing them in the wildlife it was still pretty amazing. We queued up and took a piece of fuit up to them in our outstretched hands and then the elephant hoovered it up with its slimy itchy trunk. After that we also petted some more kangaroos, stoked another koala, watched a crazy Tasmanian Devil (yes they do exist but don't look anything like the cartoon) zoom around its pen, stared out some dingoes (that I still think are so cute despite the fact they maul people to death. I maintain that they are provoked and it is the human's fault.) and spied on some echidnas, which are basically a spiny anteater. They are also a monotreme, which means that they are mammels that lay eggs for those of you interested in Australian wildlife.It was a really good day and at the end we got to see the tribute to Steve, very moving, and a huge python. We caught the bus back, I bought something for my throat from the Chemist and then Tami watched this tv programme about searching for the new Pussycat Doll singer. I had a lot of fun but now feel I am truly animaled out (yes, I do know that is not a word) so we probably won't be going to anymore wildlife sanctuaries. :)Thanks to everyone who is still writing on our wall - it is greatly appreciated and lovely to hear from you. I miss you all millions. Keep on working hard Woolies crew! Hello to Nicky's mum if she still logs onto this! And Hello to GUG, Jane and Will.