Avian friends made on tour

Droves of children met the animals of Queens Park yesterday on an educational tour.

About 50 Invercargill children, parents and caregivers visited the ostriches and aviary to see the animals be fed.

It was the first public feeding tour hosted by the Invercargill City Council living species team.

Mia Bruce (6) enjoys the tour at Queens Park, getting to hold an ostrich egg. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH
Mia Bruce (6) enjoys the tour at Queens Park, getting to hold an ostrich egg. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH
Living species officer Jessey Mackey said it was a great turnout, and aviary officer Abby Harrex said they would mix it up for the next event.

The Mortons went as a family, and it was the first time 5-year-olds Indie and Harper had held an ostrich egg.

Indie said she liked that ostriches could run fast; Harper liked how big their eyes were.

Tours would be held each Thursday in January.

Zac the cockatoo was visited by 9-month-old Eric Larson and his mum Sam on Wednesday. PHOTO:...
Zac the cockatoo was visited by 9-month-old Eric Larson and his mum Sam on Wednesday. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

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