When I was getting ready for this holiday, a workmate asked me to take a “pet” and take photos of it on my travels.
I rescued Cassie the Cassowary from a shop in the Cairns airport in 2011 as I was leaving north Queensland after working in community recovery following Tropical Cyclone Yasi.
Cassowaries are rare and iconic north Queensland flightless birds whose habitat was severely impacted by the cyclone. As a result, they were easier to spot. And I was excited to see some in the wild.
And a travelling pet, I soon discovered, gives you permission to do silly things that you might not otherwise do.
Once you get over the initial embarrassment, that is.
So Cassie came with me. Keep an eye out for her in some of the photos.