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New Mexico in Australia, Day 7: Koalas, tasmanian devils and kangaroos

Jeff Eisenberg
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The Lobos take a photo with a new friend (via UNM athletics)

On the third-to-last day of their exhibition tour of Australia, the Lobos finally got to do the one thing many of them had been looking forward to most since leaving Albuquerque last week.

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Either the snake is fake or New Mexico is down its starting center (via UNM athletics)

They played with koalas and kangaroos.

Immediately after their flight from Melbourne to Brisbane touched down on Saturday morning, the Lobos ditched their cold-weather clothes, changed into their shorts and flip flops and boarded a bus bound for Australia's famed Gold Coast. The first stop was the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where players encountered numerous exotic animals native to Australia but unfamiliar on U.S. soil.

They caught glimpses of crocodiles, wombats and tasmanian devils. They snapped photos of one-another holding koalas in their arms. And they even got to pet and feed a handful of the 50 kangaroos that mingle with visitors to their section of the park.

Of course the highlight was the kangaroos, all of which were far more tame and docile than ones in the wild. One of them even consented to allow guard Hugh Greenwood and center Alex Kirk to feed him and chat with him in the video below.

Hugh Greenwood, Alex Kirk and Kerry the Kangaroo:

Dalton Neal, Craig Neal's son, feeding a kangaroo:

Previously in the series:

• New Mexico in Australia, Day 1: Lobos arrive in Sydney after grueling travel day
• New Mexico in Australia, Day 2: Appendicitis delays Cullen Neal's long-awaited debut
• New Mexico in Australia, Day 3: Lobos open Craig Neal era with a comeback win
• New Mexico in Australia, Day 4: Merv Lindsay celebrates birthday in aboriginal garb
New Mexico in Australia, Day 5: Hugh Greenwood shines in front of family and friends
• New Mexico in Australia, Day 6: Lobos receive crash course in Aussie Rules Football

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