WALLABIES, WOMBATS AND
I suddenly realised that I don't
have a single photograph of some of the wallabies I've cared for, nor do I really have any
photographs of the possums, except for the montage on Jaws' page. So here they are -
more animals I've cared for plus little Shari the wombat, who came to me in February 1999
after her mother was killed by a car. (Click on the photographs to see the
Marco, a Swamp Wallaby, shortly after he first came into care in April 1998. His
mother was killed by a car and I had him for nearly 10 months.
|Marco - just before I released
him in January 1999. As you can see, Swampies change rather dramatically as they get
older. I last saw Marco in August 1999 - he looked wonderful, had grown a bit taller
and was obviously thriving. I'm hoping he will get together with Cleo and Zoe, the
two female Swampies I released early in 1998. Marco is such a handsome little guy
and he should father some beautiful joeys.
In 1997/98 I was lucky enough to have two
female swamp wallabies, Cleo and Zoe, as well as several Eastern Grey Kangaroos. The
two in this photograph are Friday (in the foreground) and Boots, both females. All
four were released early in 1998, but sadly little Friday was caught in a fence a couple
of weeks later. She had a broken pelvis and I had to have her put to sleep.
She is buried in my rose garden alongside her little friend Pam. Boots has
successfully raised two joeys and I expect to see another bulge in her pouch very soon.
bundle of fluff is Rufus. Rufus is a Brushtail possum and he wasn't really
mine. I was just "babysitting" him while his foster mother, Val,
was in Canada. As he came into care as a pinky, with his eyes closed, he didn't know
any other mother but Val and he sulked the whole time he was with me. I can't say I
blame him because he must have been so confused. Rufus has now been successfully
released and I understand he's now the dominant male in the area.
Shari on 2 February 1999, after her mother was killed by a car. She weighed a little
over 4 lbs. (2 kg.). When this photograph was taken she weighed nearly 3.5 kg.
I handed her over to her pre-release carer on 28 March. She was paired with a
male wombat named Tuffy and both wombats have now been successfully released. Having
Shari was been a wonderful experience because I'd never cared for a wombat before.
They are not only cute, but they have a great sense of humour and will play for hours.