Kate Gosselin just returned from a trip to Australia and took to her blog to talk about the 9th child she’s adopted.
Not quite the pitter-patter of little kid feet, however…
Gosselin is talking about her 9th kid – a baby koala she fell in love with during her first visit to the Australia Zoo, whom she visited during her recent trip.
Kate writes about first meeting “Honey,” noting, “I was completely overwhelmed with love and awe as I saw you for the first time well, I saw the pouch first, but still I was in love! I asked to hold you inside that pastel colored fabric pouch and fell even more in love when we were able to peek inside to see YOU for the first time! I remember Alexis’ screams of delight as we watched you crawl back inside your mommy’s warm pouch after her surgery! We watched your white spotted “hiney” wriggle into your mommy’s pouch and melted when you paused to gaze directly into our eyes as you did so! It was truly the sweetest thing I had ever witnessed and judging by Alexis’ high pitched squeal, she agreed!”
Gosselin recalls getting to name the koala Honey “because you were truly as sweet as Honey!” and how they “joked that day that you were my 9th child,” which she was thrilled about.
Since that visit ten months ago, Terri Irwin has given Gosselin updates about Honey and sent photos. Then Kate got to reunite with her dear Honey when she visited the Australia Zoo for the recent Steve Irwin Day events. Kate shares, “I visited the Wildlife Hospital to see my girl just prior to her release back into the wild!”
She adds, “I was able to hold you and snuggle you while you were groggy from the anesthesia that was given to you so that the doctor could perform your final check up before release! I cannot describe the joy I felt in those moments while I snuggled you so closely and snapped many photos to document this very unique and special moment! You were like a real life stuffed animal and were so perfect in every way!”
The experience now has Kate talking about wildlife conservation and the “life long impact” the zoo visit had on her and the kids: “I am so happy to have had a chance to have met and loved my “9th child” too!” she writes. “You have left a lasting lifelong positive impression on each of us and we thank you so much! I said to you as I kissed your eucalyptus smelling fuzz goodbye just before I handed you back over to the zoo caretakers, “Have a wonderful and happy life, roaming freely, Honey!” … And I meant it with all of my heart!”
Image: Kate Gosselin blog