I came back in one piece from Australia after a 7-hour flight. I’ll write about my last day.
On the final day in Cairns, we took a bus tour to watch wild animals, including kangaroos, Australian brush-turkeies (yabutukatukuri), wallabies, platypuses, possums, etc. We had a chance to feed wild wallabies. They were very fluffy. We had to be careful not to touch a baby in its mother’s pocket when we fed them. If you mark a baby with man-scent, chances are that a mother will throw her baby away.
Platypus /plˈæṭɪpəs/ is translated as “kamonohashi”. Some people take a platypus for a turtle. I found that a possum is different from an opossum. A possums lives in Australia and looks like a big squirrel, whereas an opossum live in north America and looks like a big mice. They are also marsupial and act mainly at night (nocturnal animal). We were not able to feed them because they have sharp claws.
We watched a Curtain fig tree in national park besides animals. A fig tree is “shimekoroshinoki”. Seeds in bird dropping leeched off the parent tree and killed it. The shape of the tree is just like a big curtain. I felt power from it.
However brie, I had a precious experience in Cairns blessed with nature. If I have an opportunity to go back to Australia, I want to visit a city area like Sydney. （flying bird）