Everybody loves Racquet and Racquet loves everybody. He was found on the side of road with a severe head injury and fractured jaw, severely dehydrated, semi-conscious and covered in maggot eggs. He was 15 kg and was brought to us around midnight last summer . The vet thought his prognosis was poor. Because of his fractured jaw he had to be syringe fed for several months. He had vertigo for a number of weeks.
Swimmer is a very old male swamp wallaby. During the extended dry period in Summer he got himself caught in a swimming pool fence in a backyard in Bungendore.
He spent a whole night caught in a very awkward position and as a result developed pressure sores on his thigh and leg and had foot drop due to a nerve injury. He required a splint because of his foot drop and it has taken several months for the pressure sores to heal.
He has a whole recovery room to himself and enjoys his daily bowl of fruit and brush. His weight has improved as has his fur and skin.
Flossy was a tiny furless wombat when rescued from the pouch of her dead mother. She was raised with another larger wombat named Zany. Flossy disguised her quiet nature with loud screaming which made her seem more fierce than she really was. She has never been aggressive.
Crackles was a 5kg kangaroo joey who was found alone in a paddock being attacked by a fox (28 October, 2013). He suffered fractured ribs, severe abdominal bruising and extensive puncture wounds to head, neck and back. From his injuries Crackles developed subcutaneous emphysema, a potentially fatal situation where air increasingly occupies space under the skin. The veterinarian believed his prognosis was poor.
Tammy had been lying near a farm dam for three days without her mother before being brought into care. She was 5kg and had pelvic fractures and a deep laceration to her ankle involving an ankle ligament. She was unable to stand and was very dehydrated.
Hope was a 6kg kangaroo that was caught in a wire fence. She had a compound fracture of one of the metatarsal bones which was pinned and splinted.
It has taken a long time for the wound to heal. Fence injury wounds are usually severe because of ischaemic damage. She adopted one of the older in care females -Ellie- as her mother is now hopping well . She will be released with her friends at a safe release site.
Dennis was a 25kg male wombat rescued on a freezing cold winter’s day. He was in a debilitated state with severe, deep and badly infected bite wounds, emaciated and suffering from hypothermia. The stress of his ordeal resulted in him developing symptoms of mange. His wounds took a long time to heal. He however made an excellent recovery. He was a friendly and gentle wombat and was released back to the wild after being in care for six months.He was so handsome when recovered that he featured in the local yearly wombat calendar.
India was a 700g orphaned swamp wallaby. Everyone loved India, but as she grew bigger she became very agile and naughty. She would jump on benches to steal teabags, fruit, muesli, nuts, etc. She chewed telephone cables, television aerial wiring, and left poo where she shouldn’t. Rosemary wanted her to stay forever, but she needed to be free and was released into a beautiful bush area and has been seen often with her most recent joey.
George is a lucky kangaroo. A member of the public stopped by the side of the road in the ACT and noticed movement in the pouch of a dead female kangaroo. Following instructions over the phone the member of the public was able to reach into the pouch and safely extract George who was only 500 grams and furless( called a pinkie).
Possumwood had 10 rescues in November -a bit quieter than the previous month with 20 rescues. Steve was called to help a 20 kg Eastern grey (EG) kangaroo hit on the Kings highway. I met him as I was returning from the wildlife vet -Dr Howard Ralph at about midnight. Unfortunately this animal did not survive the night but at least he was safe and comfortable with analgesia, sedation and a soft, warm bed.