19 March 2018

 

Dreamworld’s new tiger cubs, Melati and Mya, ventured outside of their Tiger Island home for the first time today to pay a special visit to patients and families at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

The curious seven-week-old cubs were taken on a quick walk through the hospital by their handlers to visit a few lucky children on the wards before spending some time in the hospital’s dedicated pet visiting area for everyone to see them.

Minister for Health Steven Miles, who participated in the visit, said the opportunity to meet Melati and Mya up close was a unique and unforgettable experience for patients, siblings, parents and carers.

“The cubs only recently ventured out of their nursery at Dreamworld for the first time, so this was one of their first interactions with the public. It’s great to see a memorable experience provided to children at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.”

 Children’s Health Queensland chief executive Fionnagh Dougan thanked Dreamworld for giving patients and families such a rare and memorable encounter.

“We strive to create a supportive and stimulating environment that helps patients forget, even if only for a short while, about their illnesses and injuries, and focus on just being kids,” Ms Dougan said.

“We know through our pet therapy program at the hospital that animals can be a powerful distraction for children and young people, and it’s not often you see a distraction greater than a pair of adorable tiger cubs!”

“Thank you, Dreamworld, for bringing a little taste of the Tiger Island experience to the hospital and bringing so many smiles to children’s faces.”

Melati and Mya were born in January this year and are helping raise funds and awareness for Dreamword’s tiger conservation work.