[遊記] Off to hug some animals

A couple of weeks ago, before my buddy Jack visits, I ask the kids where is the best place to visit in Adelaide. They said, somewhere they could hug cute animals. Hanging onto their words, this year, I planned a wholesome different road trip around Adelaide. All our way, we could see farm animals, farm animals and more farm animals. Hehehe~ got the manliest guy to speak in baby language too!

LOOK AT THIS CUTE CHICK! Isn’t she gorgeous?! Cuddle them softly in your hands. Too much pressure makes them uneasy, too little pressure they would struggle and get away.

As expected from AirAsia, delayed flight, most of the time. But, we managed to arrive just in time for the feeding. As there weren’t many visitors at the farm, we were given the privilege to feed the baby animals. Milk is harvested from their mom daily, kept fresh, and slightly warm up to body temperature prior to feeding.

I could feel how much they love their feeding time. Some of them just couldn’t get enough and would walk around the fence and tried to budge others from enjoying their milk time. Naughty, naughty. The caretaker said, this one is greedy!

My parents used to grow up with farm cattle, not exactly that we own a farm, it’s more for household fresh supplies: a couple of chickens here and there for eggs, one or two pigs for pet and meat, a few watch dogs,  maybe a rabbit or two, because they are cute.

My sister grew up without knowing all these fun stuff, she were too young back then, but she might learn about this now, since she is living and studying in India. One tough, smart girl ♥♥♥

Argg….food??? I bet children in Cambodia or Vietnam or Thailand would be delighted to see this little fella. Dad told me that on his bicycle travel trip to those country, guinea pigs are kept for food. Not exactly for pets. Different world, whole different food culture~

This is Emu, native to Australia’s land. One of the totem symbols of Australia. I don’t know why they have to look so baldheaded. Apparently, emu meat is on the menu of some restaurant that makes “Aussie cuisine”. I have not eaten emu meat, but I definitely had feast on an emu egg! Large egg that could feed at least 4 people! Next time I will show you, it’s hilarious how I tried to cook the gigantic egg~

This is prosciutto, pancetta, salami, bacon, roast pork-belly etc. He is cute and yummy. Dad used to hunt wild boars for family gathering beginning of the year. Mum utterly disgusted by the idea of hunting (to which I quite agree), but she would happily cook up our traditional home-recipe of sour black vinegar pork hock stew for the families. Anyway, I strictly prefer cured pork over my mum’s vinegar pork hock stew.

Hello, ba-ba-black sheep. Kept for its meat, not so much of its wool. Finally met one up-close. It’s extraordinary experience for me, as I always wonder why they look black……..

Meet alpaca! I never like saying alpaca in Mandarin since it sounds swearing badly about someone’s mum! Wrong intonation and slurry speech, might just ended up in a fight. Sometimes, I would get naughty too~

This gorgeous creature is apparently very sensitive to touch, and noise. Needs to be treated with extreme care and love. Distress when patted on head. Would spit when emotionally stressed, it seems that’s the only way alpaca could express feelings.

Kids used to ask me what’s the difference between alpaca and llama, how to tell the difference? Honestly, I can’t really tell from just looking, I come across lots of alpaca, but not yet a llama. Just know that llama is taller and larger, its coat is less suitable for yarn, as it’s tougher than alpaca and merino sheep.

Still waiting for my chance to meet a llama!

Finally, Australia’s iconic animal, the kangaroo. Like emu, their meat is also on the menu. Known for its toughness and faint smell of blood, it’s tricky to cook kangaroo meat. Even the most skilful chef might mess up while making kangaroo dish.

Note: They are aggressive when you try to feed them standing up. Best is to stay low when feeding.

White spot deer. They are pretty. I just hope we have cold Christmas while seeing them. I would love to enjoy real winter Christmas, maybe next year.

Seen lots of funny cow tongue photos? Always wondered how, until I see one for myself, it’s absolutely hilarious♥♥♥

Next time when you see a cow, you should try too! Good luck. Oh and bring yourself some wet-tissues.

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camera NikonFM * Fujicolor 200

camera Pentax SP * Kodak Portra 160

Spring, 14 October 2014

Hahndorf Animal Farm, South Australia

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