Paul and Elizabeth's Adventures in Oz

Day 25, Friday, September 20, 2002—

This was our Tasman Peninsula day. We started out this morning by driving down the Tasman Peninsula to the Tasmanian Devil Park in Taranna to see the Devils at the wildlife rehabilitation center there. They currently have two adults, a male and a female, and 4 orphaned 18 month old devils, 2 males, 2 females, all siblings. We got some great video footage of the young ones at feeding time.

After lunch, we headed on down to Port Arthur, Tasmania's famous (infamous?) prison from the 1800s. When prisoners were shipped to Australia from Great Britan, they were generally put to work for the government or bonded to a free settler for the term of their sentence. If, however, they committed a crime while serving that term, they were then sent to Port Arthur, a real prison, and not somewhere you'd want to be.

After a very fine dinner at the Port Arthur site's "Felons" restaurant ("Dine with conviction"), we took the lantern-lit "ghost" tour of the site. Lots of spooky stories, but no ghosts. It was very creepy, however, being in the near-darkness in the cellar of the surgeon's home, in one of his dissection rooms.....with the stone dissection table still there.....ugh.....

Tawny Frogmouth Young Tasmanian Devils
This bird is a Tawny Frogmouth.
Can you see how it got the name?
The young Tasmanian Devils "playing"
More playing Suckling
More "playing"
Having lost their mum at a young age, they find it very comforting to suckle on something — in this case, a male sibling's testicles (OUCH!)
Feeding time? Eating
They know it's just about feeding time!
The lunch-time battle is on!

Port Arthur...