Flying High Bird Sanctuary owner David Tocknell and volunteer Kathy Elphick welcome three camels to the family.
Flying High Bird Sanctuary owner David Tocknell and volunteer Kathy Elphick welcome three camels to the family. Max Fleet

Bird park visitors may hit hump

A BIRD park in Apple Tree Creek is expanding its animal offerings for a couple of months - and the new visitors are certainly not animals of the feathered kind.

The Flying High Bird Sanctuary will be the temporary home to three dromedaries, or one-humped camels, for the next couple of months while camel carer Kathy Elphick relocates them from their former home at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast.

Ms Elphick has brought one adult racing male named Masai, as well as two orphaned four-month-old babies called Spydey and Napunya.

"The babies are very friendly and really love people, and Masai will be quite happy to have photos or a pat with people," she said.

The camels are part of the bird sanctuary's effort to expand its animal attractions beyond the avian world and they will be kept close to the new kangaroo enclosure that recently opened.

While at the sanctuary, Ms Elphick will also spend some time learning from owners Ann and David Tocknell about macaws, of which they have several.



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