The Joeys of 2004 Tale
Because the lives of these 2 young girls has been so closely interlocked
since they arrived at Roo Gully
we have decided to tell their Tale as one.
But you can go to each Joey's Tale by clicking on the link on their name
and at the end of the Tale catch up on our latest Big Kids Update.

The first Western Grey kangaroo joey to need our help in 2004
was a frightened little girl whose mother was killed in a road accident.
Shy arrival
Defensive joey
And she had good reason to be frightened.
Because on examination we discovered a serious 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
And she received a well deserved cuddle.
Joey kissed
Joey cuddled
All she needed then was a name.
She was a special joey, because she arrived in a year
which saw many ups and downs in the Roo Gully dream.

So we searched for a name to signify this, a name with 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 named her Kiah.
New joey
Although she was a nervous little joey,
Kiah soon began to settle in to her new life.
She had to keep the plaster cast on her foot for 2 weeks.
Then came the day it was removed.
Kiah plaster cut off

Kiah watched with interest
as Jules, our vet, 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 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 loved to hop around the lawn,
and gained amazing height on her leaps.
Kiah hops high
Kiah lands
Kiah was sharing her home with our 3 little wallabies,
Tyke, Tina and Tinker.
And caring for 4 youngsters kept Kris and Ruth, 2 volunteers, very busy.
10 days later, Kiah was doing so well
we thought it was time to take off the strapping.
But that was no easy task.
Especially when 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
Although Kiah loved playing outside with the wallabies.
And she loved being with people.
Ruth Kiah kiss

We knew she really needed a friend of her own species.

She did not have too long to wait!

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Leila arrives
Another young Western Grey joey needed a home.
We named her Leila.
Luckily Leila arrived with no injuries.
Ruth feed Leila
Of course young Tyke was very interested in our newcomer.
And made Leila feel at home by joining her inside her pouch.
Tyke meets Leila
Leila Tyke in pouch
It was spring, the grass was still green,
and Kris and Ruth loved walking.
Especially when Leila and Kiah could go with them
safely tucked up in their special carrying pouches.
Ruth Kris carry girls
Kiah peeps
Kiah really loved these walks.
As spring changed into summer, the weather got hotter,
the grass turned brown and it was time for the young joeys
to learn the geography of Roo Gully.
It was a wonderful time for Kiah and Leila.
They enjoyed spending their time outside.
Leila kiss Kiah
Leila Kiah mates
And it was an enjoyable time for us too,
because we knew Leila was just the mate Kiah needed.

Most joeys that are raised together form a strong bond,
and this makes life easier for them when they have to join the mob.

Our young joeys are also lucky that we have Bron.

She has assumed the role of our Kindergarten teacher,
and takes all the young kids under her wing.
Bron and Leila
Joining the mob is not as easy as some think.
The joeys have to learn the rule of the mob,
and they also have to learn which roos they have to respect.
Kiah with mob
Luckily Kiah and Leila were quick learners.
And they were soon accepted members
of the Roo Gully mob.
Leila Kiah with mob
Kiah and Leila were progressing through all the stages of joeyhood,
and were then ready to spend their nights outside.
Kiah and Leila out at night
But we did not abandon them.
Western Grey joeys are not fully weaned by their mothers
until they are at least 18 months old.
Kiah Leila supper
So for many months they still had 2 bottles every day.
As the rains arrived and the grass began to grow
we then dropped their evening feed.
But every morning Kiah and Leila are waiting for their morning bottle,
and they will receive this until spring.
Kiah Leila wait
Kiah and Leila breakfast

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We are all really pleased with Kiah and Leila.
They are both happy young roos living with the mob.
Leila Kiah paddock

And this is because they received lots of help along the way.
Help from the volunteers who spent hours with the girls,
and help from Bron who still watches over them.

Then it was time for Kiah and Leila to help another little joey
who was trying to join the mob - JT.

He was much younger than the girls,
and had a few problems making friends within the mob.
But JT is a persistant young boy.

And Kiah and Leila
soon discovered they had a new mate.
Leila JT and Kiah

On behalf of Kiah and Leila we thank you for caring
Kiah's Tale © Roo Gully 2005