Sergio Garcia and wife Angela got up close and personal with some Australian ‘locals’ when they visited the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in the Gold Coast, Queensland. Sergio is making his first trip Down Under to compete in this week’s Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort.
The animal-loving couple was grateful for the opportunity to meet the unique Australian wildlife, which included a koala, wedge tail eagle, python, kangaroos and a family of rosellas.
“That was amazing; it was a great experience to be able to see all the amazing animals they have here. I love animals, I always have,” said Sergio.
“To be able to come to Australia and see all the amazing animals, pet them and spend time with them, listen to the trainers talk about all the things they can do … it’s something you can’t put a price on and they are memories we will have for a life time,” added the reigning Masters champion.
While the Garcia’s enjoyed learning about all the Australian wildlife, the kangaroos stole their hearts.
“There was a little joey (baby kangaroo) that I wanted to take home with me but I don’t think they would like that! He was pretty cool; to get to feed him was really neat,” said Angela.
For Sergio, it was the large male that caught his attention. “He was the kind of guy you don’t want to mess around with! He was big; you could see he had a big chest. He was still very cool; I fed him and pet him and he was still really fine,” he said.
Angela added: “I have never been to Australia before; I have seen many images and videos of the animals but to actually come here and hold a koala, snake and eagle as well as feed kangaroos … it was an incredible day.
“We learned a lot about the animals and what they are doing here at the Sanctuary is really important. They are helping a lot of animals that are injured or sick. They are trying to release them back out into the wild.”
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