Meet Wilson, Jed & Jessie
Wilson was found on Munbinea Road at 4.45pm on 20 May, after his mother and his bigger brother were both killed by a motor vehicle. Wilson’s big brother suffered horrific injuries and was found still lying in the middle of the road, despite having probably been killed the evening before, right by the Hill River bridge. After stopping to remove the joey’s body from the road, I was upset when I discovered his mum’s body on the opposite side of the road, having dragged herself off into the bush. Although mum’s body was cold and stiff, luckily she was laying on her back, and on feeling her tummy, I was surprised to feel movement! After cutting open her pouch, there was little Wilson, weighing just 177 grams, and still attached to his mum’s teat, his eyes not yet open and his ears sealed to his body. After 8 weeks, little Wilson is doing well, living his days in an incubator, being meticulously fed every 4 hours, and he now weighs 428 grams! His eyes are open, and his ears are starting to stand up, indicating that his brain has now developed.
Jed was found on Jurien East Road by Pam at 1pm on 14th June. Just like Wilson, Jed’s mum and his big brother were both killed by a motor vehicle, the larger joey still on the road, leaving Jed alone and cold in his mum’s pouch. Fortunately, he was a lot bigger than little Wilson, weighing in at 1.35kg. Jed is a very laid-back little joey and enjoys a stroll around the block in his baby pram, listening to all the sounds of the big wide world – including the constant baa….ring of my baby lambs, Bonnie and Pebbles (who have recently been relocated to Kenandra), the babblings of Crackers, the long-billed corella and our new additions, two very elderly pink & grey galahs, Freddie and Jerry. Freddie gets a bit confused at times, and is often heard purring like a cat, or barking like a dog!! Jed just takes it all in his stride and is one very lucky little joey that Pam came along just when she did. At the time of writing, Jed has now reached 2.2kg.
The newest addition to our family is little Jessie. Rescuer Ian, unfortunately hit mother roo near the Emu Downs Wind Farm and was kind enough to check the pouch, revealing baby Jessie, and promptly took her home. Thanks must be acknowledged to Jo, Jayde, and Sean, who have cared for Jessie for the past 5 weeks. Jessie was introduced to Jed on 20th July and it was love at first sight. Jed has already started showing off for his new girlfriend, hooning around the block and greedily munching everything in sight! It won’t be long before little Jessie is right behind him! Jessie is already developing a personality of her own and loves to have her evening cuddle while watching “Home & Away”.
The beauty of rearing a little girl and boy together from this age is that they will probably stay together for life. Some of our “pairs” who have been released out at Kenandra Farm are still together and some even have joeys.
However, there is a very serious point to this story. If you do come across an animal which has been hit by a motor vehicle and is still laying on the road, PLEASE stop and drag the body off the road. Not only is it a danger to other vehicles, who often swerve to avoid the body and risk hitting an oncoming vehicle, but if other animals stop to feed on the body (particularly wedge-tail eagles), they are also at risk of becoming “road kills”. At the same time, DO NOT PUT YOURSELF IN DANGER.
If you do pull a female kangaroo off the road, please check her pouch for an infant. Even if there is an adult roo plus a joey which has been hit, as was the case with both Wilson & Jed, mum could still have a newborn in her pouch. To check a pouch, press your hand gently on the outside of mum’s stomach (a younger joey will be very low down in the pouch). If you feel a “bulge” or “lump”, chances are – there is a joey. Gently open the pouch and try to ascertain if the joey is alive and still attached to the teat. If still attached to the teat, the best course of action is to cut the teat from mum’s pouch, as close to mum’s body as possible, so that joey does not swallow the teat. If you do not have anything to cut the teat with, you may have to gently prise the joey from the teat. It mum is “stiff”, it may be necessary to cut the pouch completely open to gain access to the joey. KEEP THE JOEY WARM (place down the front of your jumper if possible). If a live furred joey is in the pouch or near mum’s body, DO NOT CHASE the animal, try and throw a towel or jumper over it, wrap up and keep warm. DO NOT FEED ANY JOEY. Contact a carer ASAP, or your local Ranger, or the local DEC Office (numbers below). If you are not confident removing a joey from a pouch, please move mum’s body well off the road, make a note of exactly where she is and contact a carer or Ranger ASAP, or if you have a ute or station wagon, the alternative is to just load mum (with bub in the pouch) into your vehicle and let the experts remove the joey.
If you find a LIVE animal which has been hit by a vehicle and is injured, but you cannot move it, please contact DEC or the local Ranger ASAP and advise location of the distressed animal.
Please help us make a difference and enjoy the rewarding feeling of knowing that you cared. We will keep you up-dated on Wilson, Jed and Jessie.
Sheryl Wilson – Secretary
Local Wildlife Carers
Ken & Sandy 9652 6072: Sheryl 9652 1027: Pam 0429 663 827
Shire Ranger 0408 911 272: DEC 9652 1911:
Wildcare Helpline 9474 9055
P.S. Crackers, our long billed corella who escaped a couple of weeks’ ago, has been returned home safe & sound. Many thanks to Bolette and Karla for their assistance.
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