TAFE students travelled to Spring Hill to check out wildlife

VET VISIT: Camel lady Nyasa Phillips introduced Xinxin Meng, Simin Jin, Xuan Lin, Yu Ma, Dayou Dai to her pet Charlie. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0810jkvets2b
VET VISIT: Camel lady Nyasa Phillips introduced Xinxin Meng, Simin Jin, Xuan Lin, Yu Ma, Dayou Dai to her pet Charlie. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0810jkvets2b

Students and teachers from a vocational college in Shanghai got up close and personal with some furry Orange celebrities this week.

The 20 student and two teachers from an agriculture and animal school in China visited Spring Hill to meet the camels who lead the Anzac Day parade, as part of a 10-week study tour to learn animal management and sharpen their English skills.

TAFE NSW teacher Deb Coleman said the students revelled in the chance to interact with the camels, dingos and donkeys at Nyasa Philips property.

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Our local camel lady offered insight into caring for her two-humped pets and gave the city students a chance to do some practical learning, which Ms Coleman said is less prevalent in their veterinary course.

She said playing tour guide has been a joy as the foreign students have had the wonderment and excitement of young children on their visit to Orange.

LUNCH TIME: Lucky camels got a lunch time treat when the Agri-Animal Husbandry Vocational College students came to visit. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0810jkvets3b

LUNCH TIME: Lucky camels got a lunch time treat when the Agri-Animal Husbandry Vocational College students came to visit. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0810jkvets3b

“They love all the space. They comment on how beautiful our sky is because they can see it so clearly,” she said.

“They’re fascinated that our homes are one story because they’re all so used to apartments.”

As part of TAFE NSW’s partnership with the school, the group will continue its tour with a visit to an alpaca farm next week. 

Ms Coleman urged locals to say g’day if they saw them in the streets.

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