Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bandicoot Caught in Headlights Proves to Be a Mind-Reader

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Bandicoot Caught in Headlights Proves to Be a Mind-Reader

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GLAD to hear Bob Irwin is recovering from his health scare a few weeks ago.

It reminded me of a Bob encounter I had a couple of months back.

My dear wife is in a flock of bird women, or I should say wildlife carers, and they were attracted to an RSPCA fundraiser at Poets CafE[umlaut] at Montville to be among other animal luminaries.

Bob Irwin was a very special guest.

Of cours,I was conscripted to drive to beautiful downtown Montville and watch 120 guests sip wine and beer while I got to drink soft drink, all supplied on the night along with some sensational canapE[umlaut]s by the wonderful owners of Poets CafE[umlaut], Ron and Helen Geyl, to raise money for the RSPCA.

It was the fifth year they have supplied their premises, the food and the wine all for free so that the RSPCA could collect the whole ticket price, which is an outstanding gesture by a small business owner in these tough financial times.

When I was informed that we were going and that Bob Irwin was the special guest, I thought it would be a good idea for me to practice my limited interview skills. So with the blessing of John Stokes from ABC Coast FM, I went along armed with a voice recorder.

I must say I was a little nervous as I had never met Bob and wasn't quite sure how to approach him, but as one would guess he is one of life's true gentlemen and made it as easy as possible for me.

It was also made easier by the fact that animal welfare is his passion so it wasn't hard to get him talking.

When we were finished I thought I would push my luck and asked whether he could go out on to the veranda where the flock of wildlife carers were cackling away as they wanted to meet him.

No trouble at all for Bob and off he went and kept them amused for quite sometime, as once again, they all had a common goal, animal welfare.

By that stage I had learnt a few things. …

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