Bushtales Wildlife Update

WILDLIFE  UPDATE….

Indian Ocean Drive has now been open for 3 months and we have not experienced as many wildlife casualties as we first envisaged.   Loveland for Wildlife in Jurien Bay, together with Malubillai Wildlife Carers’ Network in Perth, have had 6 joey admissions and 1 echidna.  Unfortunately, one joey had to be euthenased due to multiple fractures and the echidna was transferred to Kenyana Sanctuary.

On Wednesday, 17th November, Sandy Loveland and I did a trip to Perth to meet with other wildlife groups.   We carried out a “body count” on Indian Ocean Drive between Cervantes and Lancelin and also took some photographs.   The results were quite staggering.  Below are these statistics:

Kangaroos – 13 (4 fresh bodies checked for joeys).    One live kangaroo which had possibly been hit by a car was hobbling off the road in front of us, but by the time we stopped, it had disappeared into the bush.

Snakes: 8                                Bobtails: 24                            Emus:  2         Rabbits:  3

A total of 50 bodies in a 75km section.  Considering this high number of road kills, the survival rate of any wildlife hit by vehicles is obviously very low, as is survival of in-pouch joeys.

One little survivor of the new road is tiny Indiana, a Western Grey kangaroo joey, and what a little cutie she is!    She is currently in care in Jurien with her mate, Lucky, who was found in the Swan Valley.

Back in our July Loveland Bushtales, we introduced you to Wilson, Jed & Jessie.  I found baby Wilson on 20th May, still in his dead mum’s pouch, and weighing just 177 grams.   After 4 months of loving care and several anxious moments, little Wilson lost his battle with his tiny premature life on 23rd September.   He had grown to 640 grams.  It was a privilege to have cared for this brave little battler, who brought so much love and joy into my life and those around him.    On a much happier note, Jed and Jessie have become buddies and Jed also has to share his affections around with Jarrah and our newest member, Ellen, who arrived from Greenough Wildlife Park just last week.   All 4 babies are well on their way to becoming “big” kangaroos, and will be transferring out to Kenandra Farm at the time of writing, where they will have a HUGE pen to play in before release during mid-2011.

One of my favourite animals which comes into care around this time each year is the Little Shearwater.  These delightful little birds look similar to a fairy penguin, except that they waddle bent over instead of standing upright!  Three little babies came in within 36 hours of each other and 2 bonded instantly.  As is quite often the case with head injuries, we did lose one little baby, but the other 2 responded well to some TLC and were successfully transferred out to Favourite Island, where the Little Shearwaters are currently breeding.   After landing on the island, hubby Barry and I located some burrows on the Western cliff side.   Barry checked the 1st burrow for depth, and to our surprise, a Little Shearwater came hurtling out, wondering who was invading his home!   Good news – we were definitely in the right spot!    The 2nd burrow checked out OK and uninhabited, and our little babies quickly settled in until nightfall, when they could go off fishing for food.     What a happy ending!

In our September Loveland Bushtales, you may remember Misty, the Western Grey Kangaroo, who was reared in Dandaragan and spent her days roaming the streets and shops begging for tit-bits.    Misty and her in-pouch joey, Boyng, were successfully transferred to Kenandra, which provides a safe, happy environment where Misty can learn to be a real kangaroo.   Unfortunately, Misty became ill with a nasal infection and was unable to feed her joey.  The carers at Loveland for Wildlife stepped up and took baby Boyng into care, and Misty has now made a full recovery following a course of antibiotics.   Many thanks to Trevor, who lives at Kenandra for his dedication in ensuring that Misty had her tablets twice a day!! The only trouble is that Misty has now adopted Trevor as her “surrogate mum” and follows him all over the farm, even hopping along merrily behind the tractor or 4-wheel drive!   However, Trevor is not very impressed when Misty bangs on his caravan door every morning at 5am for her wheatbix!   Baby Boyng is doing well and has his little mates, Betsy, Indiana and Lucky.    It is unlikely that Misty will recognise her joey, so Boyng will remain in care until release with the mob next year.  And at the time of writing, we have it on good authority that Misty already has a tiny new joey in her pouch!

Well, that’s about all the wildlife news for the moment.   As you are all aware, Loveland for Wildlife is a not-for-profit organization, which relies soley on the support of its members, and donations from the public.  This year, we will be having a Xmas party out at the farm for all of our members, to thank them for their generous support and to meet some of the animals who benefit so greatly from this generosity.  You will even be able to meet Jed, Jessie, Jarrah and Ellen and have a cuddle.  Help us make a difference and become a member today.    Fill out the form below and come along to our FREE XMAS PARTY

From all at Loveland for Wildlife and all the furry, feathered and scaly critters, we wish you and your families a very merry Xmas and a happy new year.

Sheryl Wilson

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