It’s been a mad Spring here, as well as taking over as Wombat co-ordinator for the Southern Highlands as well as the Southern Tableland’s we have had heaps of rain and animals coming in.
No name : Our latest little wombat, whom we haven’t named yet and we think maybe our facebook friend’s might come up with that. She was found on Wombeyan Caves road weighing 2.3 kg she’s so very very sacred. he’s drinking water from a bowl, eating grass, and when she can bite us she hangs on and will not let go. It’s 2 weeks and she iis starting to relax into a bottle but not enough milk yet. She will be a great buddy for little Jeffery.
Jeffery: Had been with Emma and Ray, their first wombat, he stopped pooing and ended up down seeing the wonderful Dr Howard Ralph. He has a small swelling on his spinal disk probabl rom when mum was hi by the car. It just happens to be right where the nerves are that effect the bowel. So he’s now under my care, in consultation with Dr Howard.
July & August 2016
We have been very busy, rescuing various animals, and just caring for what we have. We have 3 little wombats in care now Wally , Ray of Sunshine and the latest Trevor. Ray is a dark chocolate wombat, very scared as he was found in a paddock next to his mum whom was shot. Wally and Trevor’s mum’s were hit by car’s and were rescued by some very kind and careing people, Trevor requiring quite a bit of intensive daily vet treatment before coming back to near where he was found (thankyou Terry & Mandi) Wally has been cared for by Erin till he was big enough to come and join the gang, 3 boys there a handful already. They have moved into their middle school shed, still sleeping in their hanging bags in their big box. Were attempting to teach them to follow us for walks, building them up in strength and learning where the burrows are and all the wonderful smells of the bush.
We have had a couple of rescued Eastern Grey Kangaroo’s, small and lots of work, so they were stabalised here and have gone to some carers who just love getting up in the night for night feed’s, they will be back at around 6kg for the rest of their journey back into the wild.
May and early june has been pretty busy, with 11 macropods and 9 wombats in care, 3 with high need’s and very unwell. We got 191mm in 24hr with the big storm a week ago and another 100 ml yesterday, and so now little wombats start coming into care, we have 2 and will see how they go.
Tink our wonderful girl died suddenly in early june, blood clot on the brain is the best answer we can get from the symptoms. she’s now in our special garden. Benny misses her so much, as we do.
Benny the red-necked wallaby’s cataract operation is Wed 20th April (tomorrow) so were feeling some highs and lows as the operation is not without its risks.
Tink, Benny’s little friend, will miss Benny tomorrow. She’s a ball of fun with a mind of her own, she leads Benny on a merry dance. Tink is a lovely little red-necked wallaby who has been with us a month now. We like to buddy animals up so they have someone of their own species around when they are eventually soft-released.
Wallaroos appear from nowhere, somehow they know when Waz is unloading their favourite roo nuts from the ute. It’s like chocolate. Half a cup each while they are releasing is all they get! I think they recognise the rustle of the bag.
WOMBATS ARE NOT PETS! Here is a wombat who should be 18-20kg, but is only 12kg! We have just received ‘Spoke’, short for bicycle wheel as he’s been around a few carers who were not his long-term solution. He has long claws, no muscles—he is a very, very sad fellow. He’s very scared with a very good bite on him. Now he’s safe in his own dirt floor shed full of straw (with mesh on front), a box and bag, even a burrow and a yard out front to eat in. He’s taking a bottle and eating grass, he appeared apparently not to know what grass was, other carers said. A long slow road for this little fellow.
He looks a funny shape, as he’s so thin and has nothing much in the way of muscles. He’s been madly digging so time will be the great healer.
Wombats eat grass, wombats get fat eating grass, wombats are designed to eat grass. Why feed them anything else? Pellets made very specifically for GRASS eaters, and with the right stuff in them for wombats, are ok in small quantities. Carrots have way too much sugar and wreck the gut flora, and as for sweet potato, oats, dog food, cat food—all that stuff is like living on cocaine! It completely stuffs wombats up. They become addicted because their gut flora changes, and they are no longer able to get nutrition from grass! The other thing is that carrots baited with 1080 are dropped from helicopters to kill wild pigs and goats. No matter where you think your wombat might be released he could end up at the wrong end of a 1080 carrot if carrots are what he is used to eating!
Huge black ‘cat’ we have seen around, on cameras and once in the flesh. Laura, a vet staying from Switzerland, came in last night, asking what do we have that looks like a huge cat, as big as a big fox? Sorry, it’s nothing native, it’s just a huge feral cat. We caught this on camera 2 weeks ago, it’s a wild place here. We’re trying to trap him, but he’s very good. We did catch Frankie run runaway last night though!
’Something’ scared the little joeys in front of the house. We assumed it was a goanna. Next day we checked the wildlife cameras and look what we spotted 500m away! A dingo! Only DNA will tell if he’s not a dingo (see Brad Purcell’s book on the study of this particular pack of animals).
Quick clean up in the mirror after my bottle—Red the very smart wallaroo