KATE GOSSELIN RETURNS! Eight DOWN UNDER
The reality mom and her brood head to Australia and New Zealand in their latest Kate Plus 8 special, raising the question: Who's cuter, the kids or the koala?
She is famously raising twins (Cara and Mady, 10) and sextuplets (Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah, 6). So what on earth would make Kate Gosselin want to add to her megafamily? Apparently, overwhelming adorableness. "Yes, the kids have a new baby sister: an orphaned baby koala," jokes Gosselin of the little marsupial her family met in Australia and named Honey. "She's beyond precious!"
The entire clan was in the land of Oz for New Year's celebrations, taking in the sights of Sydney, swimming with sharks and counting sheep in New Zealand for their new Kate Plus 8 special, airing April 4 on TLC. Gosselin-who famously refused to go camping with Sarah Palin last spring during the latter's reality show-even agreed to rough it outdoors. While she survived her night under the stars, she much preferred the more civilized atmosphere of the Australia Zoo, where Terri and Bindi Irwin gave the family a behind-the-scenes tour and introduced them to their beloved Honey. "We get updates on Honey all the time from Terri," says Gosselin, who notes that the kids "ask to go back to Australia every day. Honestly, I didn't think it was possible to love another country so much, but we all did."