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 help of the ACT Water Police. Although she could swim and survive on water, when on land she was vulnerable. We had received many calls from members of the public who were concerned for her safety. She had difficulty getting to the water quickly to escape predators. On the water though, she was fine! Even with the water police helping me it still took us ages to catch this feisty swan! Once caught, examination at our wildlife clinic showed that Victoria had severe foot damage. She was unable to walk properly and walked with a painful limp. She started her recovery residing in a wildlife clinic that I was working in at the time. She was on daily antibiotics and painkillers. During warm days she was carried outside to enjoy the sunshine and to bring some normality to her life. Swans don’t usually spend time indoors! Swans need a long run off to fly away and since she couldn’t walk, we knew she would remain where she was to enable treatment to continue.


At night time however, she had to be carried back inside the clinic. Because she couldn’t run to take off and fly she would be vulnerable to predators at night if left outside. So her nights were spent inside the clinic propped up on towels and pillows to relive pressure on her body. Victoria tolerated being carried in and out each day. She was such a calm animal and accepted us lugging her around and caring for her.

Not enough room to float.

However I was concerned about Victoria being on floor boards at night for too long. Even with the support of pillows and blankets, we began to notice calcification on her keel from pressure. Solution… take her into care at my house! She would have access to a large, secure, grassed outdoor enclosure as well as access to a salt water swimming pool. Further more, I’m married to a physiotherapist! I figured we could create something to help her foot!

Leg splint.

My husband rose to the challenge and we designed a splint for Victoria’s foot. Victoria began to thrive in care! She was safe in her large outdoor enclosure at night and during the day she swam in the pool. Her personality began to shine through and she became more active and full of life! Perhaps she missed being carried around like a princess – but she never let that show!

Able to walk around.
Time swimming.

Victoria remained in care for months and months gaining strength and her overall body condition improved. Then one evening before I herded her into her night enclosure she ran across the yard and took off. How a large swan managed to take off and dodge telephone and power lines amazes me! Clearly someone was feeling much better!

Feeling better!

So Victoria was successfully released? Well, no! She wasn’t returned to where she came from! I live in suburbia, a considerable distance from the main lake so I had to make sure that she found her way back to where she originally came from.

I went to the closest small suburban lake and sure enough – there she was! I managed to entice her to return to me! She came! I took her home, placed her in her secure enclosure over night then the next morning I took her back to where she originally came from, to her large lake, which was further away. When we arrived at the lake, Victoria trumpeted and another swan swam towards her. I presumed this was her mate. That was a successful release!

Hello Victoria – this is not your lake

But her story doesn’t end there…. A few months later the rangers arrived at the wildlife clinic carrying a swan. It was Victoria! We recognised her by the scaring on her keel. Victoria had been shot! Who would imagine that shooting swans on a lake would be something people would do! It broke my heart and my respect towards the human race shattered into a thousand pieces – there went my innocence!

Unfortunately Victoria was a mess and in a great deal of pain. I held Victoria while the vet gave her an injection to put her to sleep. She slowly went to sleep in my arms and died peacefully being held by a human who had shown her nothing but love. The memories of our months together ~ encouraging her to use the splint and walk, swimming with her, feeding her, recapturing her and releasing her all came flooding back. The fact that she had survived in the wild for months, reunited with her partner, lets me know that I gave her the best chance. I just couldn’t save her from a human with a spot light and a gun.

Since Victoria was shot we had to perform a necropsy (an animal autopsy) and retrieve the bullet. I insisted that I stay – although I couldn’t perform the necropsy myself, I wanted to continue to support Victoria even in death and ensure that she was treated with dignity.

The bullet was retrieved although nothing ever came of that shooting – and we will never know who shot her. I remember standing outside in the sunshine after the necropsy and a small part of me died that day. A spark, or something went out. Although I have seen many animal cruelty cases – the case with Victoria hit me the hardest….

I needed a break after that case. I just had to get away and leave Canberra. I ended up sitting on an island for about three weeks – it took me that long to be able to return to Canberra. I went back to working with wildlife but this case, the case of a beautiful swan named Victoria, still effects me the most…. ❤️

The lake – peaceful.

If you see a swan in the wild – think of Victoria. Please enjoy the beauty of these animals and let them be. Please do not feed them – especially bread. Bread can swell in their throat – it pollutes the water and it stops swans from searching for their natural nutritious food. More importantly, if you see or hear of any cases of animal cruelty, where ever you live, please report it. These animals can’t speak for themselves, they need us to do that. It may just be another Victoria that you save…. ❤️

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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 the battle, Elsie likes to end it!

Is that sneeze a ploy to get the upper hand?

I record many videos in slow motion so I can really study their movements. Barney goes in for the bite but Elsie is strong enough to lift Barney off his feet!

A serious bite from Barney!

Barney tries to hold Elsie’s head to prevent hitting the ground without much luck!

Barney comes back more more.

Barney seems to get the upper hand (paw?) but is soon chased off by Elsie as she claims the win!

The slow walk of a winner!

You have to have a strong head and rump when you are a wombat! In the wild, you will be moving boulders, running from foxes or dingoes or fighting off the advances of an unwanted male wombat! Elsie and Barney demonstrate some serious wombat maneuvers!

Barney actually lifted off the ground!

This is all fun! This is what most nights are like in my house! Elsie and Barney are not seriously hurting each other – there’s no growling, no forcing them or encouraging them to behave this way. This is simply what young wombats do! It’s like fight club or watching wrestle mania every night!

Don’t get in the way!

Having two joey wombats in care is so much better for me because otherwise all this ‘play’ would be directed at me! When I had a single wombat in care I ended up covered in bruises from this kind of ‘play’! Now, with two wombats in care, I have far less bruises although sometimes I get caught in the cross fire!


Stay tuned… who knows what they will get up to next!

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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 creatures from the wild can be tempting to some. Black swans are protected in Australia so removing them from the wild is illegal. When in care, swans and cygnets need expert care. Without the correct care, feeding and housing their growth and development will be compromised.

The fluff ball.

Swans have heavy bodies! Constantly walking on hard surfaces can cause abscesses which can lead to bumble foot which is a very painful disease in the foot. Housing swans in care means they need to spend considerable time in the water to avoid problems from occurring. Swans and cygnets can also develop angel wing which is a deformity in the wing caused by an unhealthy diet. So although they are incredibly cute – ensuring they receive the best care is vital.

Growing so fast.

Since Samuel’s needs were being met, he thrived in care and quickly grew like a weed!! He was housed in a large hotbox as a young cygnet then moved to an outdoor secure enclosure.

Walking to the pond (pool).

As he grew and gained weight he needed to spend time in the water. Luckily he had access to a very large swimming pool ! Samuel loved being in the water!


Samuel would spend hours diving, swimming and floating around in the water. This buoyancy meant that he was off his feet as well as developing the necessary muscles and skills to be able to search for food and escape predators by getting to water when he returned to the wild.

Loving the water!

However, cygnets love their mum! They stay with their mum for about a year or two. Swimming can be such hard work so when the cygnet gets tired they just jump on mum’s back. And that’s exactly what Samuel did!

Mum !

While swimming along together Samuel decided he wanted to hitch a ride! During this time we stayed in the water and he nuzzled my hair and ‘peeped’ (chatted) away to me happily.

The only way to travel!

After our swim the only problem was how to get Samuel off !!! He enjoyed swimming with me every day and most days he would climb on my back…. getting him off again was always the problem.

Get off!

After our swim, there’s always time for a cuddle! You can see the bond that had been formed – which is necessary! All animals need love to enable them to grow and develop. Meeting an animals needs might enable them to develop, but as I mentioned before – we want them to thrive!!!!

Bonding !

What a beautiful face – his not mine! Just having a chat after our swim.

Time together.

However, the biggest problem I faced was how to stop Samuel from becoming too attached to me (there’s nothing I could do to stop myself from becoming too attached to him!!) Then another swan arrived in care – however this one was a young adult. Samuel quickly bonded with the new swan

A mentor.
Learning to be a swan!

From then on, until release back into the wild – Samuel had a best friend. A friend that could teach him and be released with him. Release is always the hard part! We go into caring for animals knowing that we will one day release them (in fact that’s why I do this job) but it still comes with a little sadness when I say goodbye. Saying farewell to Samuel was one of the hardest goodbyes in my carer as a wildlife carer. Working with Samuel was such an amazing experience and one I’m so privileged to have had.

I’ll leave this story letting you know that if you head down to Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra and look out across the water … you may just see Samuel! ❤️

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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 afternoon I received a call about an echidna that had been taken to a vet by a member of the public. The member of the public had found the echidna and they were able to pick it up and take it to the vet.

What a beautiful face!

The fact that a member of the public could easily handle an echidna is enough information to let me know that something must have been wrong with the poor animal! Not many people can just pick up an echidna! The vet discovered why the echidna was weak…. they located a tick! The vet removed the tick and they contacted ACT Wildlife. The echidna was transported to me by our wonderful transport volunteers (there’s another way you can volunteer with us if you are interested – transport wildlife to vets and carers! Jump on our web page – ACT if you are interested!) I received the echidna into care and gave him a check over. He seemed remarkably well and active once the tick had been removed.

Prickly little bugger!

So what is an echidna? It’s ok if you don’t know – even many Australians aren’t sure and have rarely seen one! Echidnas are one of the most icon Australian animals and are just delightful! They feature on our five cent coin!

Beautiful spines.

An echidna is one of the only two monotremes in the world. The other monotreme is the platypus. A monotreme is a mammal – mammals give birth to live young and suckle them – but what makes the monotreme so unique is that they lay a soft shelled egg! Amazing, right! The echidna has receptors on it’s nose so they can find and eat ants, termites and worms and have an incredibly long tongue with tiny spines on it. They have strong limbs which is why the can dig into the ground remarkably fast!

Not an easy animal to contain!

Echidnas just wandering around the suburbs. As our suburbs extend into bush lands – more animals are being forced to live and interact with us. Echidnas are often found in gardens and people panic and try to move them. To protect themselves echidnas burrow into the dirt, roll into a ball and up come the spines! Many people then reach for a shovel to dig them up. Echidnas splay their outward facing feet beyond their body width and any attempt to ‘dig them out’ can result in toes being damaged by the shovel. So, if you see an echidna in your garden, please leave it alone. Just take your domestic pets inside and the echidna will eventually move on.

Feet for digging.

Why did the echidna cross the road…?

Drivers occasionally spot echidnas trying to cross roads. Drivers then stop and try to chase them back to the side of the road that the animal was coming from…..why? Then the poor echidna just has to try and re-cross the busy road again…he’s obviously heading somewhere! If I kept taking you back to your house when you were trying to get to the shops how would you feel? So if you see an echidna crossing the road, stop, carefully dodge the traffic ( ! ) and chase him to the side he wants to reach. They simply cross the road just to get to the other side..! Besides, a male echidna might be on the trail of a female so that’s where he wants to go!

Who knew they could climb!

It’s called a what now?

A baby echidna is called a puggle – how adorable! The baby doesn’t have spines when it hatches! Another interesting fact about echidnas is that the female leaves the young in the burrow for days at a time because she only needs to feed her baby every few days. So please never try to relocate an echidna. If you remove it and ‘drive it out to the bush’ you could be removing a mother from its young. The burrow will not be found and the puggle will starve. Please always let echidnas just be.

A little ball of spines!

So after 24 hours in care and observing our echidna to be strong, well and active he was returned to where he was found. Our wildlife license states that all animals in care must be returned within 50 meters from where they were found. Although found near a road, I still returned him within the 50 meters from that site. Off he went happily.


Echidna fun facts that I’ve learnt over time…

Echidnas don’t throw their spines.

The male echidna has a four headed ‘male appendage’ – the good news is – not all ‘heads’ fire at the same time!

Females lay one soft shelled egg at a time.

They do not burrow like a wombat but rather go to ground when scared – they will not damage your garden.

They can climb!

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A lot to lug, a lot to love!

So now there’s two wombats to take to work! Up at 5:30 am to play and bottle feed and toilet both Elsie and Barney. Then there’s time for me to get ready to head off to work lugging both wombats with me. Elsie weighs four kilos and Barney weighs three, that’s a lot of wombat on my shoulders! Elsie and Barney need to come with me to work because they both need an 11:00 am feed.

I work in a local primary school as a teacher (I also run a small business but that’s another story! Let’s just agree that life is busy! ). While I am teaching my class, the wombats stay in a secure and locked crate in my office. During my first break I bottle feed them both. No time to eat my lunch so I usually have my lunch during second break even if I’m on duty – I just plan for something light and quick to eat!

Always time for a cuddle!

Although it would be a great teaching opportunity to be able to show the wombats to the children, the children are not allowed to play with or interact with the wombats at all. The educational benefits can’t be at the expense of the wellbeing and safety of Elsie and Barney. My kindergarten children know that I save wildlife and love seeing my videos, but very few people know there are wombats in a crate under my desk! My boss is lovely and supports my caring of wildlife as do the other teachers who I work with.

Out of the crate for a run around the office before bottle time.

Then one day a follower on my instagram page (wombats_and_wildlife_heljan09) suggested that I use a trolly instead of carrying the wombats! What a great idea! You just have to love instagram – you get to interact with some amazing people. Now as a teacher of course I have a trolley!

Trolley time!
Ready for work!

I like to arrive at school around 7:30 am – I’m one of those teachers who put in long hours and likes to be prepared! Arriving early means that I can get so much done before the children arrive at 9:00 am. Elsie and Barney love this quiet time to explore my classroom! It’s a peaceful time, just me and them – I plan and prepare and they explore and play.

Loving the classroom!

But at the end of the day – like all of us, Elsie and Barney love coming home!

The end of a long day….

So what’s next on the journey? Do I ever have other wildlife come into care? Is it all wombats? Stay tuned….

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!

So tasty Elsie won’t share.

But once we came inside, exhaustion hit! I have to remind myself that these active little bulldozers are still just babies! They still need around 22 hours of sleep a day!

What the evening looks like after being in the garden for the afternoon!

Although Barney’s developmental stage has him still in a pouch, Elsie’s is transitioning to leaving the pouch permanently. However even when joeys leaves the pouch permanently they still maintain the close bond with mum for another year! This happens in the wild and also when in care. You can see that Elsie is still very attached to me. And frankly, this girl has been in my care since she was three months old (she’s nearly nine months old now) so my bond with her is pretty solid too! I can’t help but adore her!

Elsie, Barney and I really needed a big sleep after our outdoor adventure. Even when it was time to wake up for a bottle, Elsie and Barney were slow to get moving! Elsie moved a little quicker probably because she loves her bottle!

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So did my plan to help build the bond between Elsie and Barney work? They certainly look closer. I suspect the occasional nip or pounce will still happen but that’s ok.

So let’s see where these babies take us next. Follow my blog – I’ll be wombat blogging again shortly. That’s if Elsie and Barney ever fully wake up and recover from their adventure in the great outdoors!

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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! That was the plan!

Burrow play!

Although Elsie and Barney are too young to be outdoors for too long and certainly never alone, they can still enjoy afternoons in the sun, playing and exploring. The outdoor time is also desensitizing Elsie to sunlight and she no longer has a reaction to the sun (see my earlier post for that story!)


Their wombat enclosure is being extended at the moment since my original enclosure was designed for one wombat not two. For two wombats, I need a much larger area to ensure they can explore, dig, excavate, forage and develop the skills they will need to survive in the wild. The enclosure is being completed thanks to a few volunteers eager to help with the extension project. They donate their time and in return they get to meet Elsie and Barney! The enclosure will be ready for when Elsie and Barney transition to permanent full time outside care.

Out of my way!

Elsie weighs almost four kilos and is nearly nine months old. At this stage of development, if Elsie was in the wild, she would be very active and playful around mum in the burrow. She would start to explore digging and clawing by using the burrow walls. Elsie would also start to emerge from the pouch while mum is out of the burrow! Over the next few weeks she will leave the pouch permanently but remain very close to mum. You can see from Elsie’s behaviour in these videos, how ready she is for this exciting stage of independence ~ as long as I stay close by!

Beautiful silhouette

Barney weighs nearly three kilos and is over seven months old. At this stage of his development, if he was in the wild, he would still be in mum’s pouch! He would begin to venture out of mum’s pouch while she was in the burrow but only for short periods of time. He remained fairly active during his outdoor time with Elsie, but I made sure that both their pouches were close by and ready in case either needed a hasty retreat or if they became overwhelmed at anytime. Wombats in care can be a little more relaxed and confident because they don’t face the same stresses that they may face in the wild. We generally don’t panic and run which a mum wombat may do if being chased in the wild! There’s no one around here chasing me! The wombat joeys are also a little more pampered!

Come on guys!

So, did a few afternoons in the great outdoors help? Are Elsie and Barney finally on wombat speaking terms? Did I ever manage to get them back indoors? More to come in my next blog!

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At first Elsie was indifferent to having a wombat in the house.

Barney playing! Elsie – save me ! She’s not concerned at all!

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!

Where’s Barney!

When the trick of leaving Barney somewhere in the house failed to work ( because I would go and find him) Elsie decided to try sulking! The sharp hissing noise you can hear in the video below is Elsie being cross!

Elsie – sulking under a bean bag – she stayed there for nearly an hour!
Barney knows Elsie is there somewhere!

So, the running and leaving Barney behind didn’t work – the hiding didn’t work…! What else could Elsie do? How about growling and biting?!

Growling and biting!
Bite and run attack! Ouch!

But Barney is pretty clever! He might not feel confident to bite the larger and heavier Elsie but as I said… he’s a bulldozer! Barney uses what he knows – his head! If something or someone is in his way – he will put his head down and knock them out of the way! This is a necessary skill for living in the wild! All that digging and excavating! He needs to be strong!

Barney the bulldozer!

You might wonder why don’t I intervene with all this battling between the wombats? Should I step-in when the going gets tough? Elsie and Barney will be released back into the wild after another year in care. Eventually they will transition to a large outdoor enclosure and become less accustom to humans. By the time they are released they will be wild…. and aggressive! And guess what? It’s really tough out there in the wild! They need to learn to bite, dig, excavate, run, defend themselves and attack if necessary! I will only intervene if the fighting becomes nasty or serious! Until then….they have to learn to sort it out!

So did Elsie put up with being pushed around? Did poor Barney survive the wrath of Elsie? Did they repair the bond? More on Elsie and Barney to come…. stay tuned?

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Learning through play!

Mum! Pick me up now!

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 feel safe so she can develop and grow. Elsie plays, runs, bites and pounces!

A little silliness and play!

Elsie loves running around the room trashing whatever she can and stealing what she can!

Stealing the draft guards!
Stealing sock!
Stealing shoes!

Elsie is still drinking 4 bottles a day. Her first bottle is at 6 am and the last at 11 pm. The other 2 bottles are spaced out in the day. She’s still a baby but she’s also beginning to experiment with the taste and texture of grass, sweet potato and carrot.

Enjoying grass – learning about the texture and taste.
Carrot and sweet potato – a great treat and also a little mental stimulation as they chase it around the floor!

But Elsie being Elsie means there has to be a drama! With her past illnesses – read my earlier blogs about her constipation, wombat herpes, mange, low iron, reaction to the enema and her sun reaction – I was just beginning to think life was too easy! Then one afternoon we stood by the window with the late winter sun coming through, when she had a huge reaction! In less than three minutes her eyes watered and became swollen and she developed a red rash. You guessed it – her sun reaction returned!

Poor Elsie ! Once away from the window, the rash and swollen eye returned to normal Now every afternoon Elsie and I spend 10 minutes outside in the late winter sun slowly becoming de-sensitized to the rays. I am slowly increasing the amount of sun exposure and Elsie is adjusting well.

Heading outdoors!
Outside time!

And Barney? Barney is seven months old and weighs nearly three kilos. Barney is a more robust and confident little wombat. When he plays – it’s serious! He is like a bulldozer – he is learning with every bite, bounce, donkey kick and attack. He’s developing the skills he will need to survive in the wild.

Barney – such a handsome boy!
Developing a friendship.

At first Elsie was hesitant with Barney – she didn’t seem very impressed with having a wombat in the house! Besides, Barney never stops! Poor Elsie is even disturbed when she’s trying to catch a quick nap!

Poor Elsie is inside that pouch trying to sleep!
Barney knows that Elsie is in there somewhere!

But it didn’t take these two wombat joeys very long to realise that they could create twice the trouble working together!

Double trouble!
Double trouble!
A race up the stairs!

So with two delightful and lovable wombats in care what could go wrong? Is it all smooth sailing? Surely they are the best of friends? More in my next blog about the love / hate (?) relationship between Elsie and Barney! Stay tuned!

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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.

Meeting Brindabella.

Although the vehicle killed the mum, Brindy was mostly protected in the pouch by mum’s body. However Brindy still received a few injuries from the impact and arrived in care with several bruises and grazes on her body and a bump on her nose. She was taken to a vet and then delivered to ACT Wildlife.

Brindy – having a scratch. That hole in the middle of Brindy’s tummy is her pouch.
Bottle time for Brindy.

Brindy is in care with another wildlife carer and will stay with them until she is released back into the wild. As soon as another wombat joey comes into care around the same stage of development she too will have a buddy to join her.

Wombat get together!

Now there’s no way I could cope with three wombats in care! Brindy isn’t in my care and doesn’t really feature in my story but of course wildlife carers get together and share stories. We discuss the progress and development of each animal in our care both past and present. We compare the growth stages and share our knowledge and experience. During one of these visits Elsie and Barney had the opportunity to meet Brindy. Elsie wouldn’t leave her pouch (she’s not that social or interested in wombats!) but Barney was fascinated. Barney is one of the craziest and most playfully aggressive wombat joeys in care, yet he was incredibly gentle with Brindy! Who would have thought!?

Gentle Barney meets Brindy.

ACT Wildlife currently have 14 wombats in care with 10 carers – a couple of us have two wombats in care. We also have 42 possums and 31 birds in care and it isn’t even spring yet! We are always in need of donations – if you would like to donate please check out our webpage for how to donate or ways to sponsor a species –

Two babies in care!

But more about our lovely Elsie and Barney in my next blog which will be posted shortly! The next stage – their play stage… so much fun! Stay tuned……

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