Because our wallaby's lives have 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 Wallaby's Tale by clicking on the link on their name
and at the end of the Tale catch up on our latest Wallaby Trio News.

We all believe that Tyke must have more lives than a cat!
He arrived with serious injuries, then suffered serious illness,
and as even had a narrow escape from a falling tree.
Yes, Tyke sure is our Lucky Wallaby!

On 2nd September 2004
a Western Brush wallaby ran out into the road and was killed by a vehicle.
She had a joey inside her pouch, and as she rolled under the car, he was thrown out,
landing a few metres away from his mother's body.
He suffered a few minor cuts and scrapes, and suffered many bruises.
But he also tore off 2 toenails, and so he was a very sorry, and bloody, young boy
when he arrived at Roo Gully.

We named our new baby,
who weighed only 739 grams, Tyke.


Tyke arives

Tyke did really well for the first couple of days,
but we knew having hit the road hard enough to take the ends off 2 toes
he also ran the risk of having internal injuries too.
Tyke toe injury
Tyke toes
Sure enough on the Sunday evening he began thrashing
and throwing himself to the the right, so we had to sedate him.
Tyke sick
As we rushed him to the veterinary hospital
we knew his prognosis looked bleak.
Our vet, Jules, watched as Tyke showed he definitely
had a preference for turning his head to the right.
Tyje head right
Tyke stands
And even when he was placed on the examination table with his head to the left...
...he quickly threw himself backwards and had to be caught.
Tyke falling
Tyke turning
Jules could not feel any depressed fracture of the skull, and was very reluctant to X ray Tyke
to see if he had any hairline fractures because the anaesthetic risk was far too high.
So he went on to examine Tyke's ears and eyes with an opthalmoscope.
His ears were clear.
Julles looks ears
Jules looks eyes
But our worst fears were confirmed when Jules announced that Tyke had blood in his left eye
and was bleeding behind it.

We also told Jules that Tyke was having difficulty urinating,
and that we were having to manually express urine from his bladder.

On examination Tyke was very sore in his lower spine.
Tyke spine examined
Tyke bladder emptied
And once again we had to palpate his bladder externally
to get a urine sample from him.
We were all horrified to learn that his glucose levels
were literally threw the roof. But why?
Tyke urine sample

Brain damage can sometimes lead to elevated glucose levels,
and so can stress, but it could also have been another reason.
So Tyke's urine sample was sent to the laboratory for further analysis.

Then it was decision time.
Did we fight on with little Tyke and hope, or did we put him to sleep?

Tyke was not in pain, so we decided to battle on.

Tyke hydrated
Tyke was given a drug to help reduce the swelling in his brain,
and then given fluids to help hydrate him.

Then we brought our little wallaby home.

It was a very stressful few days as we cared for him around the clock,
but slowly he began to improve.
His glucose levels started to drop, and he became more alert,
especially loving his sessions out in the Aussie spring sunshine.

Tyke looking
Tyke enjoys sun
But he was still a little baby and needed heaps of cuddles.
Not that this was a difficult task for anyone,
because we had all fallen deeply in love with him.
Kris cuddles Tyke
Western Brush wallabies are not easy to raise,
so we were delighted when Tyke started to do well.
He loved exploring, appeared to be very healthy
and reached 1 kilo in weight,
Tyke on lawn
Tyke lethargic
Then, suddenly he became lethargic and did not want to feed.
Memories of Missy hit hard.
We immediately rang Jules, our vet,
who came over and examined Tyke.
Jules Tyke Carol
He could find nothing obviously wrong with him,
apart from he was not willing to drink his milk.
Jules prepared hydration
Knowing he must be getting dehydrated,
Jules prepared a syringe of Hartmanns solution,
and added a dose of multi vitamins...
...before injecting it under Tyke's skin.
Tyke hydrated
Our little wallaby didn't think much to this,
but he did not hold a grudge against our vet.
Tyke hops bedroom
After 10 minute race around the bedroom.
And a tickle under the chin.
Tyke chin tickled
He dived into Jules' hand and settled down to sleep!
No hard feelings!
Jules and Tyke
Tyke had a long way to go before we could stop worrying so much about him.
He was still very difficult to feed.
Tyke pathetic
And he could act so pathetic it tore at your heart strings,
but we worked hard, and everyone was determined
to get Tyke back on the road to recovery.

Then another young wallaby arrived.

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Tina arrived a few weeks after Tyke.
She was a shy little girl, and remains our shy girl,
but she is never shy when she wants a cuddle!

Tina was another wallaby orphaned in a road accident,
discovered about 3 days later standing by her dead mother's rotting body,
head inside the pouch trying to get some milk.

Tina hungry
Thankfully she had no apparent injuries,
but was suffering extreme hunger.
No wonder she was shy!
Shy Tina

So what did Tyke, think of his new mate?
Well he was at the stage where he was busy exploring.

And it took a little while before the volunteers
could persuade him that another little wallaby
had joined him at Roo Gully.
Then when Tyke noticed he had a companion
Tina decided to ignore him.
Poor Tyke!
Tyke meets wallaby
We all thought it was terrific to be caring for 2 little wallabies,
and then the phone rang!

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Tinker is the third member of our Wallaby Trio.
The baby of the family, and definitely the most mischievous!

Tinker was rescued by a shearer travelling to work near Boyup Brook.
As he drove past the body of a Western Brush wallaby obviously killed by a vehicle
he saw a head peep out and then dart back inside the pouch.
Thankfully he stopped and rescued the little guy
just before several crows descended on the mother's body.

A few hours later we picked up our newcomer,
and drove him back to Roo Gully
to meet Tyke and Tina.
By this time Tyke was getting quite attached to Tina.

And he looked quite put out to see
this new guy kiss HIS girl!

New guy kisses Tina
Tina surprised
And, to be honest, Tina looked very surprised
with the new boy being so forward!
But no one needed to have worried.
Because although Tinker did cling to Tina,
he only saw her as a substitute mother.
And before too long he was out and about
exploring his new home.
In fact, even though he was the youngest,
he was the most adventurous of the three.

Our Wallaby Trio were great , everyone loved them
and as expected when it came to having human cuddles.

Tina comfy
Tina was always the one safely tucked up in a pair of arms.
But the boys were never far behind!
There is no doubt that all those who were involved in the raising or our Wallaby Trio
will never forget the endless hours spent on the lawn with Tyke, Tina and Tinker.

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It was not long before the Wallaby Trio
were spending their nights outside with Winnie, our older wallaby.

Wallaby Trio eating

But life outside was not without incident.

One afternoon we were sat in the kitchen when we heard a large CRACK!

Tree wallaby fence
We went outside to see this large branch
had crashed to earth right on top of the wallaby fence,
narrowly missing young Tyke!

Once again Tyke proved he had more than 9 lives!

Poor Tyke he was shaken up for a couple of hours,
but by the time we had finished clearing away the mess...

...he was happily munching on his grevillea.
Tyke grevillea
There has been quite a lot of activity in the wallaby compound.
Firstly from us.
Although none of us 'girls' had any construction experience
we planned well and actually built a wallaby hut for winter.
Ruth and Wallaby Hut
And we are all so very proud of it.
Better still it was made from recycled material
from around the property so didn't cost a cent.

And the other 'activity' has been from the wallabies themselves!
Yes, there has been quite a lot of chasing - and running.
Tyke and Tinker doing the chasing, and Tina and Winnie doing the running!

Every time I go home I check wallaby pouches,
and you will be the first to see the pictures if a little wallaby joey takes up residence.

In the meantime it's good bye from...

Tyke in the bedroom.
Tyke bedroom
Tina basket
Tina in her basket in the lounge.
And from Tinker, who never seems to stop eating!
Tinker eating

Busy Bee Weekend

On the 10th and 11th September
we held a Busy Bee working weekend at Roo Gully,
and what a lot we all achieved.

After weeks of careful planning, ordering the materials,
and organising a team of willing, and maybe not so willing, volunteers,
our main aim was to start work extending the wallaby enclosure.

A tractor moved posts into position,
and began digging post holes.
Dave Shelley dog post holes
And a husband and wife team
dug those the machine could not get access to.
It wasn't long before the first of new posts went up.
New Posts
Jo clips wire
Quickly followed by the first of the new wire.
With the guys busy making the 'H' frames...
Glen makes H frames
Hops aviary repairs
...the girls set to work repairing
the hospital aviary damaged in a recent storm.
And they made sure the wind will never move it again,
securing it firmly to the cement pad with bolts.
Girl power!
The weekend was hard work, but also full of laughter and fun.
Glen and Lolli
Especially when Glen and Jo's
very affectionate lorikeet, Lolli,
wanted to be foreman.

Since that weekend,
we seem to have had a 'Busy Bee' weekend
every weekend!

And we are getting there.
In fact we would have already 'been there',
if we had not found that 3 of the old perimeter fence posts were rotten,
so we are replacing all the posts on that boundary.
Once they are delivered we shall finish the fencing,
and then, once the new emergency release gates have been made,
the wallabies will have access to their new extended area.

On behalf of everyone associated with Roo Gully
I give my sincere thanks to our team of happy workers -
my mate Bunnie (now our sanctuary manager!) Glen and Jo, Dave and Shelley,
Bob and Anita, Shane and Cherie, Graham, and the volunteers, Kayleigh, Dana and Bea.

Thanks go to you all.

I also send huge thanks to all those who donated to make this project possible,
especially Thomas in Ireland, Glen and Jo from Perth, and Roxy, Sam and family from the US.
Your money has been spent wisely and will make such a difference
to our growing mob of Western Brush wallabies.
Thank you.

Together we ARE making a difference.

On behalf of Tyke, Tina and Tinker we thank you for caring
Wallaby Trio's Tale © Roo Gully 2005