In a setting of the classic Australian bushland, thirty-eight miles from Melbourne is the Sir Colin MacKenzie Animal Sanctuary -- one of Victoria's showplaces of Australian fauna.
MS Badger Creek Dushland
LS Group of kids with "Alice" (Wombat)
12 1/2 ft
16 1/2 ft
LS Kids chase wombat along fallen tree trunk
wombat crawls under log
MCU sign-post "platypus"
MCU platypussary - sign "platypus"
34 1/2 ft
MS man holds p.(CU)
37 1/2 ft
MS man with p.turns to show poison claw
42 1/2 ft
CU poison horn on P's foot
45 1/2 ft
MS pan along chute from pool to nest
48 1/2 ft
MS pool-platypus out of hole
enters pool (53) swims
MS p.swims on bottom then to top
MS (water level) p.swims, webbed feet
63 1/2 ft
dives to bottom (39) frolics about
MS p.out of water (66 1/2) peeps over wall (70)
MS woman looking into tank
MCU hand feeds worm to p
LACU same p.drinks (86 1/2 - 88)
MCU same, much splashing-frolicking
91 1/2 ft
MSRV crowd around tank
92 1/2 ft
MCU (water level) p.swims on top and dives
100 1/2 ft
MCU man watches
101 1/2 ft
CU p. on top of water
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Background: In a setting of the classic Australian bushland, thirty-eight miles from Melbourne is the Sir Colin MacKenzie Animal Sanctuary -- one of Victoria's showplaces of Australian fauna. There are more than four hundred native birds and animals here -- animals like "Alice" the wombat -- a tame but shy favourite with young visitors. Last year Alice -- or to give her formal name, Vombatus Ursinus -- came under the appreciative eyes of the one hundred and-thirty five thousand people who travel Healesville to visit the sanctuary. Alice as we said, is somewhat shy, and with the attention that's constantly heaped on her by playful admirers, she sometimes tires an decides to withdraw from public view into the confines of a hollow log.
The main attraction at the sanctuary is inside this building -- the platypussary it might be called. The exhibit is open every day between three and four o'clock, when the platypus goes on show.