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When you have tiny macropod joey with a swollen hand and her Wildlife Vet’s x-ray is NOT fine enough to see if she has a fracture, what do you do? You go to you friendly Dentist and get her hand x-rayed for FREE !!!! (NOT that the Vet was going to charge you either).Snookums lft hand

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AA Medicine of Australian Mammals

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I wonder how many Carers and Vets in Australia have this book?

 

AA Pathology

 

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Petal Power

Petal

 

This is Petal’s first photo (taken by the wonderful Belinda). She is a 233gram, approx 122 days old Red Neck Wallaby Joey. She is being fed every 2 hours (12 feeds in 24 hours. Her eyes are still sealed shut, ears still attached to her head and she would have still have her lips sealed & attached permanently to her Mother’s teat until the last few days. She will be in care for almost 12 months.

Petal’s Mother was killed by a motor vehicle and the driver failed to stop (which is what most Aussies do “Hit, Run & Murder). Petal was inside her Mother’s pouch. Without milk & warmth it may have taken several days of cruelty for her to die.

Belinda is one of Wildlife’s Angels. She stops her car and checks every species of wildlife that is dead on the road. She pulls the bodies off the road and checks to see if there is a joey to rescue. If there is she phones me, she then bundles up her 3 children, Jack 5 years & already a Wildlife Hero and the twins Millie & Will, 3 years to drive the 170 km (106 miles), over 2.5 hours driving each way to help save the joeys lives.

Thank you Jack, Milly & Will (and husband Mark) for sharing your wonderful Mother with me & the Wildlife.

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In 1986, the United Way attempted to break the world record for balloon launches, by releasing 1.5 million balloons in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Balloon Release 1

On Thursday 26th April 2007 Tuesday would have reached her 22nd birthday and in memory of her The Tuesday O’Hara Fund held a Memorial Balloon release. Baby blue and white were Tuesday’s favourite colours, it was therefore fitting that a mixture of 300 blue and white balloons were released into the sky from the end of Eastbourne Pier UK and simultaneously balloons were released in Glasgow, Scotland and Havana, Cuba.

Balloon Release 2

Balloon Release – Don’t Let Go

Have you every wondered about what happens to the balloons YOU or other release into the sky?

Have you consider the pollution and life threatening damage that is done to both land & marine animals? What happens with the ribbon/string? What happens with the plastic clip on the base of the balloon?

If you want to know PLEASE read on and watch the You Tube Video.

Beach litter surveys have shown the amount of balloons and balloon pieces found on the beach have tripled in the past 10 years. We’ve witnessed this increase firsthand, cleaning the beaches since we were little children in the early ’90s, we would rarely find them back then.

While some balloons burst, others just gradually deflate. But they all fall back down to earth where they can wreak havoc on wildlife on land, sea, and air.

Dolphins, whales, turtles, and many other marine species, as well as terrestrial animals such as cows, dogs, sheep, tortoises, birds and other animals have all been hurt or killed by balloons. The animal is usually killed from the balloon blocking its digestive tract, leaving them unable to take in any more nutrients. It slowly starves to death. The animals can also become entangled in the balloon and its ribbon making the animal unable to move or eat.

Sea turtles are particularly at risk because they naturally prey on jellies, which balloons can easily be mistaken for, even with human eyes.

Some states and countries have enacted laws regarding the release of balloons. The Balloon Council, and other balloon industry entities, spend millions of dollars lobbying to keep balloon releases legal. This multi-billion dollar industry encourages consumers to litter with their product. Releasing balloon should be included in already exsisting litter laws, after all, it’s simply littering. Check out balloon laws to learn more and find out how to help.
Balloons can take years to break down, even the so-called “biodegradable” latex ones. This gives plenty of time for it to travel and encounter many animals that may mistake it for a tasty snack, or accidentally get entangled in it.
Balloon Laws
Mass balloon releases are illegal in several states, cities, and countries. Releasing balloons and sky lanterns should be illegal everywhere, because after all, it is simply littering.

States that have laws: California, Connecticut, Florida, New York, Tennessee and Virginia.
Cities that have laws: Ocean City, Maryland; Louisville, Kentucky; Huntsville, Alabama; San Francisco, California; and Baltimore, Maryland.

Laws in other countries: Plymouth-UK, New South Wales-Australia, Sunshine Coast-Queensland-Australia.

Come on the rest of Australia follow NSW example. Show that animals are important.

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