Elsie and Barney – wombats growing up too fast!

Elsie is big – I’ve given up trying to weigh her! Barney is probably around 11 kilos. They live permanently outdoors now – or at least that’s the expectation! Keeping them outside and away from the back door is a challenge! I have to remind them frequently that they are outdoor wombats, preparing for lifeContinue reading “Elsie and Barney – wombats growing up too fast!”

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!”

Lily the wombat – the first one !

Lily was the first wombat that I raised from joey until release back into the wild. You might start thinking that all these wombats (Elsie, Barney and Henry who appear elsewhere in my Blog) are alike but nothing could be further from the truth! Yes, wombats in care demonstrate similar protective behaviors – the running,Continue reading “Lily the wombat – the first one !”

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”

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 wombatContinue reading “A lot to lug, a lot to love!”

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?”