The Flying Fox

I have not the slightest idea what a flying fox was till I moved to New Zealand.  I guess what went into my mind was are they talking about going to a night safari to see a fox or a bat?  

However, I was totally wrong to relate ‘flying fox‘ to an animal.  It is a kind of thrill ride or more a high risk thrill that may cost your life.  Reports of accidents of people falling off flying fox and died is far too common.

Yesterday a dad was killed when he plunged from a flying fox at a Christmas party had lost his wife in a shocking truck accident earlier when they were newly married.  His death has orphaned the couple’s 6-year-old son who is in the care of extended family. Police said Tohu was taking part in adventure activities and was flying down the zipline when he fell 5-10m to the ground.  The 500m flying fox at AE Fun Park near Whangarei is believed to be the country’s third largest and reaches speeds of up to 80km/h.  For full details check out Flying Fox fatal falls leaves boy orphaned.

I recently went to Waiheke Island and my friends were challenging each other to go on the Flying Fox ride (and of course none took up the challenge).  That would have been one of the nicer flying fox ride in Auckland perhaps.  EcoZip Adventure promoted the ride that will give one an eco-immersive forest walk on breathtaking Waiheke Island, for nature lovers of all ages.

Sure sounded safe enough but we never know, things could go wrong, anywhere, everywhere, any moment, any time, for reasons we cannot explain sometimes.  So I guess to be safe, it may not be sure an good idea to put yourself at risk on a thrill ride but again, some freak accident could just happen whether you are on a thrill ride or just a pedestrian on the road.

Are you game for a thrill ride?



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