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!”

❤️ Ted ❤️ The brushtail possum!

We receive many joey brushtail possums in care. They arrive in care mainly because their mum has been hit by a car and killed. Ted was found lying on his dead mum’s body by the road. Ted was protected from injury inside the pouch but as mum’s body went cold, he crawled out and satContinue reading “❤️ Ted ❤️ The brushtail possum!”

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!”

⚽️ Let’s play ball! ⚽️

Barney has always been the more aggressive of the two wombats. Elsie can bite hard, but when she plays, there’s still a certain gentleness. Yes I am covered in bites, knocked off my feet and have many bruises but Elsie plays differently. Barney is just aggressive – growling, jumping up and repeatedly attacking Elsie andContinue reading “⚽️ Let’s play ball! ⚽️”

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!”