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May ( Western Grey kangaroo joey)
Euthansed - 4th August 2003
This joey arrived with no developed tail.
After much discussion with several Veterinary Surgeons
we were advised she should be euthansed.
Her body was then offered to Murdoch University
and the autopsy was performed with students present.
Part of the Roo Gully letter sent to Murdoch University in Perth - 5th August 2003
Arrived at Roo Gully after mother killed in a road accident. Female joey,
cold on arrival.
Joeys brought into care and into veterinary hospitals following road
accidents often sustain injuries, some of which can be difficult to detect.
This joey has an obvious head injury, but of course we do not know the
extent or severity of this, and we noticed bruising to the legs and the
possibility of a fracture to the large toe of the left foot.
We have been caring for orphaned marsupials for many years, and this
is the first joey we have come across with no developed tail. We suspect
in this case it is a congenital deformity, but during our study into joey
If you think this is a birth defect, then we wonder if there could be reason, other than the fact that congenital deformities occur in all species. We ask this because this joey was orphaned in an area from where we have received other joeys over the past few years with unusual problems. These have varied from stunted growth to some having undershot jaws, and others having smaller hearts and lungs. This area has become a tree farming region where they carry out aerial spraying which affects all wildlife below. So could chemicals cause this kind of defect?
We thank you very much for reading this and would greatly appreciate your thoughts on this case. We have photographed and filmed this joey for our own study records, and will be posting this case, on our web site.
May's Autopsy Report will be posted on this site soon.
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Milly ( Western Grey kangaroo joey)
Died - 26th April 2003
Roo Gully Report:
Joey - Milly
25th April 2003
26th April 2003
Milly died at 8.15pm.
Post Mortem Comments:
These 2 photographs show the bruising to Milly's right arm, shoulder and back.
And these 2 photographs show the bruising under her rib cage.
Because of this bruising, especially the bruise under her rib cage, which
was situated over the liver, we suspect she had internal injuries.
Whichever, it proves that as carers we must always assume any pouched young could be suffering from internal injuries and not just those orphaned in road accidents.
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Missy - Western Brush wallaby
Died: 10am - 5th August 2004
Roo Gully Report sent with Missy's body to Murdoch University in Perth - 6th August 2004
Measurements on Arrival:
Remained lethargic, but showed an interest in eating native grasses and plants
4th August 2004
During the afternoon ate very well - native grasses and plants - grevillea,
18.00: Appeared to be suffering from severe gut pain, 'mini' convulsions
5th August 2004
Blood samples taken from heart soon after death
2 other Western Brush wallabies have been cared for at Roo Gully. Both
19th March 2004
20th March 2004
21st March 2004
25th March 2004
3rd April 2004
8th April 2004
15th April 2004
24th April 2004
1st May 2004
10th May 2004
17th May 2004
2nd August 2004
|Consulting Veterinarian Dr Jules Vandenbergh's Report
Significant Internal Findings
Parasitology - CP3145 / 04
HAEMATOLOGY COMMENTS: leukopenia, neutropenia, mild anaemia
|Roo Gully Final Comments:
If you would like to share this special wallaby's life
please go to Missy's Tale