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So where to start … with so many animals coming into care, where do I begin?

Why do animals come into care? Should we intervene? Do we have to right to remove these animals and try to rehabilitate them in an artificial environment?

Firstly we have already intervened. Our involvement starts when they are hit by a car, when their habitat is removed, when our domestic pets attack them, when they become trapped in fruit tree netting or fishing line, when we feed them the wrong foods in our gardens or at the lake, or when we lay poison for pests. Native wildlife are also effected by litter, predators, disease, fires, storms and fighting for territory. These animals wouldn’t survive if we didn’t intervene. We all have a responsibility and a roll to play. My part comes with rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing these animals back into their natural environment. Returning wildlife to the wild is the end goal -always.

How can you help? If you saw an injured person would you stop? Would you take them home? Or would you get them to someone who has the experience and qualifications to help them? It is illegal to keep any wildlife in your care for longer than 48 hours in Canberra unless you are a registered wildlife carer. Other states, territories and countries have their own rules – please check with them.

So let’s start our wildlife journey. This is my story and this is the story of some of the animals in care. You can also follow me on Instagram wombats_and_wildlife_heljan09.

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Ted gets a friend – meet Tilda!

As I wrote in an earlier post, many brushtail possums come into care – some hit by a car like Ted’s mum. But possums also face other problems – territorial fights, stress dermatitis, thrush or other illness, poisoning, animal attacks, burns, being trapped or abandoned. Many people also hate possums! They claim possums get intoContinue reading “Ted gets a friend – meet Tilda!”

Night time = play time!

Welcome to the prerelease stage! This is the stage where Elsie and Barney prepare for release back into the wild. They are so big now and since wombats are nocturnal, most of their fun takes place at night! Elsie and Barney are now getting up – ready to run around when I’m tired and preparingContinue reading “Night time = play time!”

Enrichment in their lives!

Every animal in care or captivity needs enrichment. Luckily animals raised together can use each other as a source of entertainment! Elsie and Barney roll, climb on and bite each other continually. I’m also a form of both nurture and entertainment for them! Togetherness at all times – they usually have at least one partContinue reading “Enrichment in their lives!”

Wombat combat!

Elsie and Barney love to play. They spend so much time cuddling, rolling around and chasing each other. But as they grow, practicing their skills becomes more important and the play occasionally turns serious. Whatever Elsie is communicating below (that we are unable to interpret) she clearly tells Barney to behave. He can be seenContinue reading “Wombat combat!”

Sibling ❤️

The bond between Elsie and Barney remains strong! Although wombats in the wild are solitary, these two have been raised together to lessen the bond with their carer and to ensure the wombats keep their ‘wombat’ behaviors. That’s the theory but carers and wombats still become very close which is evident in my other posts.Continue reading “Sibling ❤️”

Latest movie – a recap!

Just in case you haven’t read my blogs (and why not, what have you been doing?!) here’s a recap on the adventures of Elsie and Barney ! This is my latest movie. Elsie – from 120 grams to now a huge 18 kilos! Barney arrived in care months later weighing 600 grams and he nowContinue reading “Latest movie – a recap!”

Nearly all grown up!

Elsie is huge! At this stage of her development she would still be with her mum but her independence is growing! Although she still wants to come in the house (but isnt allowed!) she can head off and put herself to bed, taking Barney with her! Elsie and Barney still have a bottle each twiceContinue reading “Nearly all grown up!”

Imitation

Flattery is the sincerest form of flattery – or so Oscar Wilde said! Even as a tiny joey, Elsie had 8 black nails and 2 pinks nails on her front paws! Very strange for a wombat but perhaps there was the tiniest something missing in her diet when she arrived in care at such aContinue reading “Imitation”

Literally bowled over!

Elsie is almost too heavy to lift up now! She has also mastered a great skill – she runs at me, clips my leg and sends me flying! I am bowled over by her at least twice a day! I am covered in bruises! Elsie and Barney are still fed a bottle each, twice aContinue reading “Literally bowled over!”

The Easter Barney is real!

Elsie and Barney enjoyed Easter! No chocolates for them, just carrots, sweet potatoes and lots of grass! We also took the opportunity to make some short clips to bring awareness about these wonderful creatures! Elsie and Barney continue to thrive! Have a safe and happy Easter. I’ll be blogging more soon! You can follow usContinue reading “The Easter Barney is real!”

Barney’s vet trip

You can read Barney’s full story all through my earlier blogs. Dear little Barney is very sweet and today was his visit to the vet for his microchip. All of our wombats in care are microchipped and eventually released back into the wild at the appropriate age. Then, if they ever come back into careContinue reading “Barney’s vet trip”

A new year!

Rolling into 2021! Elsie the wombat demonstrates her exuberance and love of life! Over Christmas and new year, I continued to have ducklings in care, crimson rosellas and of course Elsie and Barney the wombats! Barney loved helping me care for the wood ducks! Barney even had the opportunity to meet my pet rabbit calledContinue reading “A new year!”

🎄 A little wombat cheer! 🎄 Merry Christmas!

So what is Christmas in Australia like with two boisterous wombats in care? Messy! Noisy! Fun! The wombats find everything, are into everything and destroy everything! But I wouldn’t have it any other way! ❤️ They also go searching for their Christmas presents! Elsie keeps watch… but….Busted! Barney finds his christmas present. Have you heardContinue reading “🎄 A little wombat cheer! 🎄 Merry Christmas!”

Your own piece of wildlife!

Elsie, Barney, Lily, Mitchell and the others now have a shop! Are you interested in owning your own little piece of some of the wildlife that are in care? Are you interested in helping a charity that rescues, rehabilitated and releases Australian wildlife? Woo hoo! Then jump on Redbubble and make a purchase. The fundsContinue reading “Your own piece of wildlife!”

Remembering Henry

Henry the wombat arrived into care weighing 1.5 kilos. He was around 6 months old. Henry had ticks and mange and was very dehydrated. We presume mum had been hit by a car and he had tried to survive alone in the wild as best he could. Since wombats stay with their mum until roundContinue reading “Remembering Henry”

Victoria

Victoria was one of the loveliest adult swans that came into care. This will be a hard blog to write… So why write it? To share the story of this beautiful and majestic animal and maybe to help me get some closure after all these years. Victoria was rescued from the lake with the helpContinue reading “Victoria”

Wrestle mania

Playtime between Elsie and Barney is rough at times but it’s all in good fun! With every bite, head bump and chase they are learning how to defend themselves and survive in the wild when they are eventually released. Elsie likes to win! She’s bigger and stronger than Barney and although Barney often instigates theContinue reading “Wrestle mania”

Samuel the Cygnet

A cygnet is a baby swan – cute name – gorgeous animal. In Australia we have black swans which are grey fluff balls when they hatch. Samuel the cygnet came into care after being handed into a vet. He may have been abandoned or taken from his parents. Taking one of these delightful fluffy creaturesContinue reading “Samuel the Cygnet”

Echidna

Working with wildlife isn’t just about wombats! Although I’m licensed to receive all wildlife (except snakes) I prefer not to work with reptiles, cockatoos or galahs. I have worked with those animals in the past – I just prefer not to! Wombats, tawny frogmouths, echidnas, possums, swans and rosellas remain my favorites. Then one afternoonContinue reading “Echidna”

The great outdoors?

So Elsie and Barney loved their time exploring the great outdoors – well the great outdoor enclosure actually! They climbed, went digging, ran around and ate something but I have no idea what it was! It looked like rocks or dirt – something that was tasty for a wombat! But once we came inside, exhaustionContinue reading “The great outdoors?”

Yes! Bonding!

So what to do with two arguing wombats? What would you have done? Seriously! Im open to suggestions….! Then I considered the great outdoors! There’s nothing like getting outside in the sunshine and enjoying nature! Beside if the wombats were concentrating on not losing ‘mum’ and exploring a new environment, then they couldn’t be fighting!Continue reading “Yes! Bonding!”

Bonding?

At first Elsie was indifferent to having a wombat in the house. But after a few weekends, Elsie would run through the house with Barney trailing behind her – then she’d leave him somewhere and run back to me pretending that there never was a second wombat! Quite a good trick! When the trick ofContinue reading “Bonding?”

Learning through play!

Elsie is thriving in care! She is now over eight months of age, weighing nearly four kilos! She’s an active and happy wombat. Wombats stay with their mum for over 18 months and create a bond that is strong and very necessary. Elsie has that bond with me – she needs that bond to feelContinue reading “Learning through play!”

And then there were three?

Unfortunately then another wombat joey came into care! Her name is Brindabella or Brindy for short. She came into care at around four months old and weighing over 500 grams. Brindy’s mum was hit by a car. Luckily a member of the public stopped and checked the pouch and found little Brindy. Although the vehicleContinue reading “And then there were three?”

And then there were two…

Elsie is thriving after 5 months in care and now weighs over two kilos! Then another wombat joey arrives in care. Meet Barney – Barney Rubble! Barney came into care when mum was hit by a car. Unlike Elsie, who only had mum for the first three months, Barney arrived in care weighing around 600Continue reading “And then there were two…”

Elsie continues to thrive!

When Elsie came into care at just 3 months old and weighing just 120 grams she looked like a jelly bean! Her progress was slow. However each new drama was dealt with and her progress and development continued. After looking pale and being diagnosed with low iron – she took her oral iron and herContinue reading “Elsie continues to thrive!”