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Baby Caroline (far left) is a Swamp Wallaby. The three boys are Red Neck Wallabies. They will be moved from the baskets when they start getting out of the baskets. They will then have “hoops” that mimic their Mother’s pouch, so the can somersault into their hanging pouches in a Hoop.

It is extremely important to duplicate their care as much as humanly possible.

This is one reason wildlife in my care are only fed “food” (other than milk formula) that their Mother would feed them in the wild.

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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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Derek eating Roo slippersDerek loved my slippers. He is now released into the wild.

The old pair didn’t have joeys in pouches.

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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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TWIN Wallabies

 

Wallabies

Ellie, and Twins Marty & Nathan Red Neck Wallabies

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TWIN Wallabies

Wallabies

Marty & Nathan TWINS

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