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Little Rambo - Wallaroo Joey There is an Animal Angel (also a child Angel who is a teacher) in Longreach – Central Queensland & the middle of NO where. She rescues abused, and dumped, cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. Cares for them. Personally pays for all their food, care, Vet treatment, injections and desexing. In her spare time she also rescues and cares for wildlife tries to stop the BARBARIC CRUEL MASSACRE of Kangaroos. This week she ended up with 6 Macropod joeys. She is NOT allowed to take them to school (so she can feed them) or even have them in her rented house. The little Wildlife Warriors in her class her keep the secret when necessary. So this morning Animal Angel head off 420 km (260 miles) each way) to take the 6 joeys to a Licensed carer. Animal Angel has “collected” several” joeys from a Member of the Public including Rambo  (NOT Licensed Wildlife Carer). Raising orphaned wildlife is VERY specialised and NOTHING like raising puppies or kittens. This is little Rambo all snuggled up in a pouch. The Human that was raising him has NO licence and ILLEGALLY raises many Kangaroos & Wallaroos. His new adopted Mother has said it looks like he fractured his foot and it was never taken of. This may mean that he has to be euthanased. He is weights 3 kgs (6.6 pounds). And the MOP weaned him at Christmas time – 3 mths ago, so no milk. He is approx 70% under weight. The Mop didn’t have him sleeping in a pouch like he should be (his Mother would have him in the pouch for at least 6 more months). He should not have been weaned until he weight approx 8 to 10 kgs (17 to 22 pounds). He has extremely brittle bones for NOT having at least 20 mins EVERYDAY sunlight for vit plus NOT being fed a formula that is especially made for Macropods. He has no muscle tone, no “baby” fat. He also should have a huge pen to hop in to develop good strong leg & heart muscles, which he will need when he is released into the wild to get away from predators. I ask my self almost daily why humans (Members of the Public) think that they should be able to raise any wild animal.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-17/leading-greyhound-figure-bob-smith-live-baiting-controversy/6131244

Four Corners ABC TV Monday 16 Feb 2015

I find it extremely interesting that Greyhound Racings Major Sponsor is Macro Meats.
Macro Meats would have been aware of the use of live animals to “blood” the Greyhounds.
Macro Meats support the “Australia World Record for undertaking the largest & cruelest Mass Murder of an animal.” Worse that the Canadian Seal Pup Clubbing”. Whale hunting, Dolphin slaughter at Taija Cove.
Aussies have been brainwashed and Kangaroos are scapegoats for the destruction of land from camels, cattle, rabbits, horses, sheep (introduced animals).

With “Drive by” shooting it is 100% impossible to kill ANY kangaroos humanely.
Pay attention to the second shooter.
Kills a protected Roo
The furred joey they remove from the pouch and he comments “it is just being a slacker for sitting in Mum’s pouch”, he/she was NOT old enough to even be having a very short time out of the pouch and would still be drinking milk for at least 12 more month.
Then there is the “pinkie” that the shooter stomps on & then his son.
The boy swings & bashing a lightly furred joey on a bumper.
Notice the alive & still moving Roos hanging by the hock.
Russia was the biggest importer of Kangaroo meat. They stopped when they realised that eating kangaroo meat can cause death, causes birth defects of unborn babies.

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Kangaroo Joey T-Shirt 2

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Warm-a-pet Heart Beat

I would like to introduce you all to the newest product from Warm-a-Pet –  Heart Beat Simulator.

I have been dealing with Judy from Warm-a-Pet for about 13/14 years. I originally bought TWO of their Deluxe Heat Pads in 2000 with Car adaptor at a Pet Shop for $130 each (have seen them advertised for $180 in 2014). I then contacted Judy directly who was thrilled to help wildlife carers and sell the heat pads direct for less than half what I paid.

Over the years her Brilliant partner, John has developed new heat pads, thermostat and now the Heart Beat Simulator. I wish I had asked them about one 13 years ago.

This will not only be brilliant for Orphaned Marsupials it will a life line for people caring for orphaned domestic mammals.

Thank you Warm-a-Pet, John & Judy for supporting Australian Volunteer Wildlife Carers.

 

Warm-a-Pet Wildlife Price List Nov.2014 (2)

 

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KANGAROO FAMILIES

by TIGA WILLIAMS, NSW

I have been living with and observing kangaroos for almost 35 years. During this time I have witnessed first hand how strong and vitally important the family dynamics are of the Kangaroo. How a mob survives is based not only on food, water and habitat but the incredibly strong social and family dynamics within the mob.

I have sadly witnessed how the entire genetic pool of kangaroos can be destroyed by shooting, development and the myriad of threats now impacting on kangaroos.

Kangaroos are a matriarchal society. Does (females) will always stay with their matriarchal blood lines. If they are separated from that line they will become solitary. Bucks will stay with their mothers until they are 3 to 4 years of age, and then go and find their own mob away from the genetic lines of their mother.

If a doe gives birth to a female she will stay with her mother forever. That joey, once out of the pouch is then drinking from the same pouch that her sibling is now developing in. Not only is the mother kangaroo in constant contact with their newborn, but so is the at-foot joey in constant contact with their sibling. It might seem hard to imagine, but it would be like being able to touch, feed, love and feel your embryo at only 30 days from conception. Imagine being able to open a zipper into your womb and clean, bond , feed, toilet, smell and love your baby, and that tiny undeveloped foetus is able to smell feel and love not only it’s mother but siblings as well.

The first born joey is as protective over the 2nd joey and so on as the mother. Her maternal instinct, even though she is not of breeding age, is inherent in the protection, care and love of her sibling.

I have witnessed first hand countless times a young at-foot joey be approached by other emerging joeys be it her cousins or ‘step siblings’, and she will give them a smack across the head and chase them away. When her full blooded sister approaches her they will smell each other and then hug and kiss one another for a long time.

This happens several times a day. If the young emerging joey loses mother. Her maternal instinct, even though she is not of breeding age, is inherent in the protection, care and love of her sibling.

I have witnessed first hand countless times a young at-foot joey be approached by other emerging joeys be it her cousins or ‘step siblings’, and she will give them a smack across the head and chase them away. When her full blooded sister approaches her they will smell each other and then hug and kiss one another for a long time. This happens several times a day. If the young emerging joey loses her mother and calls in distress, not only does her mother react but her older sibling will instantly react and come looking for her, often getting to the youngster before the mother does. I have also known of sisters protecting younger ones when they’re injured. Older siblings and the mother will guard and protect injured joeys and have been known to attack predators or even humans trying to rescue the youngster, if they are caught in a fence for example. I have many mothers with all their babies on my property and they always stay together. They sleep together, graze together and will panic and become very distraught if separated from each other. Often the older joey who is as big as her mum, will still sneak a drink from her mothers pouch.

I have also witnessed first hand when the mother is separated from the young ones, the siblings will stay together in one spot almost ‘holding hands’ waiting for their mother to come and find them. When she appears they spend a long time reuniting, kissing, hugging and grooming each other.

This behavior alone is evidence enough of the strong social dynamics within the family let alone the love and care they show for each other.

The breeding bucks will always come back to the does they have impregnated in the past. They seem to know instinctively when she will be in season again, and in some ways they never forget their ‘first loves’. They can have a huge territory and spend their time going from one matriarchal mob to another. The bucks who come and impregnate does around my property can spend up to 6 months away at a time. When they return they are instantly greeted by their sons. I have witnessed on many occasions when the “father” arrives, his young sons will run straight up to him. Only his sons greet him this way.

I have had wild does join my mob which I thought strange, until I notice they are visited by one of my older does first born sons. The doe joining the mob is carrying this particular buck’s joey and she has instinctively found the matriarchal grandmother and come to have her joey be brought up by that lineage. I wouldn’t have believed this to be witnessed on many occasions when the “father” arrives, his young sons will run straight up to him. Only his sons greet him this way.

I have had wild does join my mob which I thought strange, until I notice they are visited by one of my older does first born sons. The doe joining the mob is carrying this particular buck’s joey and she has instinctively found the matriarchal grandmother and come to have her joey be brought up by that lineage. I wouldn’t have believed this to be true until I witnessed it time and time again.

I have no doubt that kangaroos have extremely complex family structures and family bonds that are equal to if not superseded by our own.

For anyone to go in and randomly shoot any kangaroos, has horrendous effects on the rest of the mob, and especially surviving relatives. I have witnessed that stress and grief in mobs time and time again. Kangaroos are not solitary animals, they live and thrive as a family and as a mob. The grief and loss they experience is no different to if someone came in and gunned down your mother, your sister, your father, your son or your daughter. I have known kangaroos to just wither away and slowly die when they have lost their loved ones, just like we would do if it happened to us.

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Lynda Stakers new Manual 2014 Macropod Husbandry, Healthcare & Medicinals

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SAVING CAR HIT WILDLIFE

If you ever hit wildlife while driving OR you see wildlife that has been hit PLEASE STOP.

  • Remove animal from Road
  • Check to see if it is still alive. If it is alive, IMEDIATELY take it to the closest Veterinarian.
  • If it is dead, for Koalas, Macropods, possums, check to see if it is male or female. If it is female, look/feel the outside of the pouch area for a joey. ALL Marsupials infants are called joeys – koalas, possums, gliders, numbats, bilbies, wombats, and more.
  • If there is a joey in the pouch the next stages are very critical. If the joey is furless, (a pinkie) it is ESSENTIAL NOT to pull the joey out of the pouch (or off the teat). If it is pulled off the teat it will start bleeding into the brain and die.
  • With the joey still attached to the teat, insert a safety pin (paper clip etc.) through the center of the teat as close to the joeys mouth. This is to stop the joey from swallowing the teat.
  • Using scissors, Stanley knife or similar cut the teat as close as possible to the Mother.
  • With two hands clasped firmly around the joey to gently remove it from the pouch.

NEVER PICK UP A JOEY BY GRASPING AROUND THE RIBS AS YOU WOULD A DOG OR CAT AS YOU CAN DO ENORMOUS DAMAGE TO THEIR FRAGILE RIBS.

  • Pinkie joeys can NOT thermoregulate so they need artificial heat. The joey will be kept at 32 degrees. All injured wildlife need extra warm after an accident and stress. I suggest (if there is a female MOP) that the pinkie be kept inside her bra on the left side so the joey hears her heart & gets warmth. If the ‘saver’ is male but the joey against bare skin in the chest area near heart.
  • For a Furred joey – wrap it in a jacket, t-shirt towel.
  • Have your car very quiet (preferably no talking, music etc)
  • Never allow anyone to peek/look at the joeys.
  • Never allow child or pets to hold or get near the joey,
  • NEVER give ‘saved’ wildlife anything to EAT OR DRINK NOT even water.
  • Get the joey to a Licensed Wildlife Carer, a Wildlife Veterinarian or a Wildlife Rescue Group IMEDIATELY.

Following the above steps are essential and will mean the difference between the joey living or dying.

There are instances where the joey could have been flung from the mother’s pouch on impact or a member of the public has already removed it from the mother’s pouch.

Unfortunately, sometimes well meaning members of the public give the joey to their children to play with it, place it into a box or just simply lay it on the floor. These joeys often never recover from the stress of this type of treatment and die.

A joey whose mother has killed may be dehydrated and in shock and could also be suffering from hyperglycaemia and/or hypothermia. So the joey needs to taken to someone who knows what needs to be done.

The below information is essential to be given to the carer so the orphaned joey gets the appropriate treatment.

Before leaving the site PLEASE:

  1. About what time was the Mother hit? Was her body warm?
  2. Identify Mother’s species.
  3. What injuries did the Mother sustain, what areas of her body were hit by the car.
  4. What condition was the Mother in (before accident).

 

 

 

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