Not all is doom and gloom

We have so many wonderful people who do so much to ensure the welfare of domestic animals, yet we still have some pet owners themselves who have no respect for their own pets. It is not unusual to see cats wandering suburban streets. Don’t their owners worry about them getting run over? I just find this hard to understand.

So many people ring to complain about birds being killed in their back yard by cats. I would like to see more people get traps from the Council and then take the cat to the pound. If cat owners have to pay for their return then chances are they will be more inclined to contain their pets. Often dog owners are understandably upset that their dogs seem to have to adhere to more stringent laws than cats. Eventually, equality will catch up with enforcement of our domestic animal management plans.

Our wildlife also suffers from total inconsideration from humans. There was a phone call last week from someone who had been keeping a small kangaroo in the chook pen. When it became seriously ill, this lady decided to ring up. Sadly, this happens too often when it is too late. The stress of such confinement, without the security of a comfortable pouch, along with lack of knowledge on how to care for wildlife just invites disaster.

Not all is doom and gloom! Wildlife carers have to retain a sense of humour (as we mumble obscenities about the human race!) and enjoy the rewards that come our way. I had my reward this week releasing my rehabilitated Echidna, watching it waddle off into the forest undergrowth and digging with gusto around a fallen, rotting tree. I will miss that little character in my yard! Echidnas are so good at hiding, but my two young neighbours, Maddie and Lara, always discover where they are. They are the greatest echidna spotters!

There is always another intensive care patient waiting to claim any spare time. A young Swamp Wallaby arrived with tendon damage and is now sporting two splinted legs. Hopefully the outcome will be a good one and with plenty of physio over the next month or so, all will bode well for the future.

Rehabilitate – Reintroduce

It’s been a stressful morning getting Tippee, the Agile Wallaby, ready for his trip back up north from where he originated. This poor little amaciated fellow was handed in at a Gympie veterinary surgery when he was at death’s door.

One of the vet nurses then dropped him off to me for rehabilitation. Fortunately, with the incredible skills of Charlotte at the Woombye Vet Surgery, Tippee bounced back and has been an angel ever since. WILVOS are forever grateful to our amazing veterinarians who give of their time and expertise.

Today I felt as if I was sending a child off to boarding school or at least on a long holiday! I had to pack an esky with bottles of milk, along with pouches, bags, and of course plenty of grass.

Martine, one of our new WILVO members and a fellow macropod carer, was returning up north for a week. It was an ideal time to send this little wallaby back up there before he became any bigger, when it would be more stressful for him to travel. He is going to a carer who releases agiles from her large property so it is an ideal situation.

Tippee seemed to know something was happening as he kept coming to the back screen door and scratching on it. Even the young echidna appeared from ‘who knows where’ out of the garden to say goodbye. Usually I have to bang a couple of ramekin dishes together and call to Cheeky, the echidna, before he appears for his milk drink.

The little red-necked wallaby will miss his friend but another swamp wallaby has now reached the stage of spending more time outside. They will soon be demolishing my garden together! It is important to group macropods together so they bond with each other instead of humans. Emotional development is as important as physical development when it comes to the actual release of an animal back into the wild.

It is always a learning experience as each animal is different, as each child is different. So each is very special in her/his own way.