Drive slowly and safely

Firstly, I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to retiring MP Mal Brough and to Australia Zoo for their recognition of volunteers with a free day at the zoo on Sunday 15th May. I spent a very relaxing couple of hours there, just walking around, sitting in the Crocoseum and especially enjoying the birds in free flight. With the continuing habitat destruction across the world, zoos and wildlife refuges are the only hope of preventing extinction of many species.

I didn’t think I’d be able to make it out to the Zoo as a call had come in about a kangaroo hit by a car. The driver was understandably upset, especially as there was a joey in the pouch. The report came through that the joey was pink but still fairly big. Lovely WILVOS member Roslyn from Pomona said she would pick up the joey and bring it to me, while I finished feeding my wildlife at home. As it turned out, the joey was the size of a jelly bean and I didn’t have my magic wand at hand! Then it occurred to me that there may have still been a larger joey, so the caller was contacted again but she assured us there was only the one little one and had hoped we could save it. Pink furless animals are saveable but a jelly bean sized kangaroo joey is pushing the boundaries! So I headed off for my afternoon of relaxation.

With the early darkness that comes with the winter months, WILVOS 5441 6200 Hotline sees more road impact injuries and deaths with our wildlife. It is now dark as people drive home from work and it is the same time as our nocturnal and crepuscular animals emerge to feed.

Consequently, it is a time of year when we get more calls about kangaroos and wallabies hit by cars. One of our volunteers was asked to go out to check the pouch of a dead wallaby by the side of the road. When Bob found the wallaby he said it was a pretty sad sight to see another large wallaby standing forlornly beside it. Being a mob animal they do grieve the loss of one of their own.

If you want to know more about Australian wildlife, WILVOS presenter Roslyn will be visiting your local library in the next month to give a talk. Roslyn can answer your questions and explain things such as why you shouldn’t relocate echidnas. More people are discovering these exquisite animals in their back yards in this cooler weather. Just check out your local newspaper or the Council website for when Roslyn will be at your local library.