Animals entertain audiences at Minex 2017

CUDDLING CANINES: At MineX, siblings Tyler and Sienna Te Wami steal a snuggle with two of Paws, Hoofs & Claws' puppies up for adoption. Photo: Esther MacIntyre
CUDDLING CANINES: At MineX, siblings Tyler and Sienna Te Wami steal a snuggle with two of Paws, Hoofs & Claws' puppies up for adoption. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

An unlikely surprise delighted Mount Isa children and adults at MineX on Wednesday at Buchanan Park.

A veritable petting zoo was on offer thanks to two local animal charities; Northwest Wildlife Carers and Paws, Hoofs, and Claws.

Wildlife carer Joyce Brogden brought six joeys along to the expo in cotton pouches, including wallabies, kangaroos, and a baby wallaroo.

She dedicates her time to care for the orphaned animals around the clock before releasing them onto a protected, predator free station.

Sue Carson from Paws, Hoofs and Claws also brought furry friends to MineX including two kittens, several puppies, and a lovely dog called Boss – who is looking for a forever home.

Ms Carson said she currently has around 60 animals needing adoption.

A crowd of school children gathered form 3pm to covet a puppy or two, with a few wanting to adopt.

Mount Isa Mines is a major sponsor of both charities, and invited them to be part of their stall at MineX 2017.