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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.