SAVE THE BILBY: Frank Manthey and Makayla Davies with Lester the Bilby at Kalkie State School.
SAVE THE BILBY: Frank Manthey and Makayla Davies with Lester the Bilby at Kalkie State School. Mike Knott

Bilby pops in for special Kalkie visit

A SPECIAL visitor popped into Kalkie State School to surprise the students and teachers.

The school took part in the Go Green for Bilby awareness day last term and was entered in the draw to receive a visit from a bilby.

The school didn't win, but Frank Manthey from the Bilby Foundation was so impressed by the support given by Kalkie students that he made the journey from Ipswich to tell them more about Bilbies and show Lester the Bilby.

Kalkie principal Maureen Colman said the children were excited to have a real-life bilby at the school.

"Lester has a specially designed box and the children weren't sure at first whether what was in the box was real or not," she said.

"When Lester was taken out there were gasps and big smiles.

"It was a wonderful experience having a visit from an endangered species," Mrs Colman said.

Student Makayla Davies said the bilby was fluffy and cute.

"It would be terrible if they became extinct," she said.