Some Mothers do ‘Ave ‘Em

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Great set of fingernails!

Hey mum, keep me fed, keep me clean, keep me warm, oh! and lots of cuddles please!

Cute as a button even without hair this  wombat joey is in the care of our members Claire and Rick, wildlife carers. Rick and Claire obtained this baby boy from “The Haven” wildlife shelter on the Goulburn Valley Highway at Kerrisdale. As those of us who travel the local roads know all too well, animals are often hit at dusk or after dark. As the dry continues, wallabies, kangaroos and wombats increasingly come to graze on the green pick that edges the road ways as a result of runoff from any moisture  that falls on the bitumen, and from fog condensing on tree leaves alongside the road and dripping to the thirsty grasses below. This little guy was probably made an orphan as a result of mum running in front of an oncoming vehicle. “The Haven” receives many such orphans and adopts them out where possible to carers. Our property was once the liberation site for grown orphaned ring tailed possums. Unfortunately, that was only a couple of months before the 2009 fires.

Caring for orphans can be a long term and expensive commitment, and like human babies can involve many nights of disrupted sleep. This joey is likely to be around for a couple of years with Claire and Rick before exploring further afield and finding it’s own bit of paradise in or near their property. Congratulations to all our wildlife carers for the mighty job they do. Take care on our country roads at night and in the early morning.

To all our mothers and carers out there, thanks for the commitment and the love.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!!

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Wallaby joey from Coonan’s Reserve, easily fits in my beanie

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Wombat “Pinkie”

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