26 Jan 2018 10:35:28
Rocky snaps up Australia Day meat-and-greet at Wild Life Sydney Zoo
Today, Wild Life Sydney Zoo’s resident saltwater crocodile Rocky got into the Aussie spirit, enjoying a delectable lunch of lamb and beef rib eye as part of early Australia Day celebrations. But Rocky wasn’t the only one gearing up for the festivities, with one of WILD LIFE Sydney’s bravest Keepers, Mick Craig, donning his Aussie gear to join in the occasion.
After preparing a celebratory meat platter fit for a king, Mick the Keeper reeled in a crowd of curious onlookers, before the domestic and international guests to the popular attraction watched on as the mammoth reptile leapt into the air to devour his food whole.
Like a true blue Aussie, lamb proved to be Rocky’s preferred delicacy. With a belly full of lamb, Rocky left his fellow fish tankmates to enjoy the remains of his beef racks, and kindly shared his beef snags with Inala the spotted-tailed quoll in true Aussie spirit.
Enrichment activities such as today’s Australia Day special feed are important to the reptile’s development, and mimic the way crocodiles would typically hunt for food in the wild.
Weighing in at 365kg and measuring 4.2m long, Rocky has called the Kakadu Gorge exhibit at Wild Life Sydney Zoo home since his arrival from Rockhampton in Queensland in January 2017. Guests can come down and visit Rocky, and take part in all the Australia Day festivities at Wild Life Sydney Zoo all weekend long, with the attraction open every day from 10am to 5pm.