However, first to need our help
was a young Western Grey joey.
A very shy new arrival.
Shy arrival
Defensive joey
And she had good reason to be frightened.

Because on examination we discovered a fracture in her left foot.
Fractured foot
Fractured foot
Graham examines joey
Graham, one of our vets, examined the new joey.
And an hour later her foot was in a plaster cast.
Graham at work
Joey foot in plaster
The joey received a well deserved cuddle.
Joey cuddled
Joey kissed
And a kiss.
Before enjoying a couple of hours in the spring sunshine...
Ruth with joey
Plaster drying help dry the plaster cast...
Our new girl was soon looking and feeling happier.
New joey

But she still needed a name, and we gave great thought to this.
She is a special joey, because she is the first Western Grey joey in 2004,
a year which has seen many ups and downs in the Roo Gully dream.
We searched for names that signify this, and would have special meaning,
and we came across an Australian Aboriginal name that means
'from a beautiful place'.

In our minds there is nowhere on earth
more beautiful than Roo Gully,
so we proudly introduce Kiah.

We are pleased to say that Kiah, our Western Grey joey,
has no problems feeding,
and she has also made huge progress this week with regards to her injury.

Sadly Kiah arrived with a fracture in her lower leg,
which she suffered in the road accident that killed her mother.
And so she had to wear a plaster cast for 2 weeks.

Last Thursday was the day it was removed.

Kiah plaster cut off

Kiah watched with interest
as Jules started to cut off the cast.
And boy, was she excited to see her toes once again!

So excited we had to stop work
and allow her to check each and every one.

Which she did!

Then it was time to try walking and hopping on the lawn.
Kiah tried.
Kiah tries to hop
Kiah on lawn
But we knew her foot was not quite strong enough.
And so she was taken back into the house...
...where Jules applied first a soft bandage,
Soft bandage applied
and then one that seemed to be made of rubber,
which would mould around her foot.
This gave her foot extra support,
and as we all found out it did not handicap her.
Jules and Kiah
Kiah loves to hop around the lawn,
and gains amazing height on her leaps.
Kiah hops high
Kiah lands
She was doing so well we thought it was time to take off the strapping.
But that was no easy task.
Especially when 3 little wallabies decided to help.
Kiah bandage off
And then Kiah thought she should speed things up by helping out too!
Kiah bites bandage
Kiah pulls bandage
Finally the strapping was off.
Kiah checks her foot
After a quick check over...
...a scratch...
...and a quick pouch clean...
...Kiah decided to give her foot a thorough work out.
Kiah takes off
Kiah goes OK
It looked good, and obviously felt good.
Kiah cocky
Kiah still has a little way to go.
Her foot does have a slight curve to the left,
but she is healing well and making great progress.
Carol and Kiah
And of course everyone loves her.
And we end her progress report with a special Kiah wave.
Kiah waves
On behalf of Kiah and her mates we thank you for caring
Kiah's Tale © Roo Gully 2004