>What a stunning weekend we have just had, you could even say it was perfect. Well I know one couple who would certainly think so, a couple I came across at Taronga Zoo this weekend.
The sun was shining and there were over a hundred people seated in the amphitheater overlooking the beautiful Sydney harbour, oo-ing and ah-ing over the zoo's bird show. It was midday and the show was coming to an end - there was one last trick up the clever Pink Galah's feathered sleeve - 'the gold coin trick.' In this trick Jasper, the Galah, flies over to a volunteer, who is holding up a gold coin; he takes the coin from their hand and flies down to the keeper with it. The honest Galah then takes it back to the volunteer and drops it in his/her hand.
Well this Saturday the trick was a little different - it all started as usual.... A female audience member was picked to hold up a coin. Jasper flew to her, took the coin and flew it to the show's presenter. The presenter then put the coin in her pocket joking about keeping it, after some more teasing she gave Jasper the coin to return. The chosen volunteer held out her hand for the coin... however what was dropped in her hand was much more valuable.- to her surprise it was a diamond engagement ring.
Photo by Matthew Tinker
A microphone was handed to the gentleman standing next to the shocked and excited girl, as he got down on one knee and proposed. The family were all hugging and squealing with excitement as the rest of the audience looked on in amazement, slowly working out what has just occurred.
Suddenly two-dozen white doves flew out of the trees and circled above the audience and newly engaged couple as the song 'The Chapel of Love' was played.
It was a truly moving moment and I feel honoured to have witnessed this fantastic proposal. Oh... and of course she said yes!