Friday, May 27, 2011

On Grass - Merrilyn's story part 6

OK fess up, who came here looking for a different kind of grass - ala pot, weed, hash, something along those lines?  Chill out here for a while anyway, you'll feel even better.  This is the continuing story of a very special kangaroo.

Having overcome her initial illness, and having taken her first few hops from the pouch in the security of my lounge room, it was time to take Merrilyn out into the wild world for her first hops on grass.


With me close by, Merrilyn tentatively comes out of her pouch.  It's shady as we are under a tree.  Not to protect her from the sun, but to protect her from any birds of prey.  She's a little over 2kg and an easy target for local eagles.


Being a little more adventurous now, Merrilyn was willing to hop a way a few steps before turning around and coming straight back to me.


Standing up between my legs, feeling safe.  You can clearly see her developing pouch.  These initial times out of the pouch are a very dangerous time for a young joey.  In the wild 75% of joeys don't make it to 12 months of age.


After just a few minutes it's time to hop back into a now clean pouch.  A little bit of sun, in safety and then back into the house.  This connection with the grass and dirt is extremely important.  Joey's build their gut flora from nuzzling the ground as Mum walks along eating, so when you are raising them you need to find other ways to mimic this and I found a tray filled with bush dirt, (can't be garden bed or potting mix) and grass the way to go.  Merrilyn would lean out of her pouch and nuzzle in the dirt as she would in the wild.


On this first day outside though, the excitement had exhausted her and she promptly fell asleep!  I tried all kinds of positions to try and stop her flopping out like this - it didn't seem to be a problem for any other joey we raised - but this was a favourite position for Merrilyn and you'll see similar pictures as she grows.

If you've missed the rest of the story and the introduction of her "brother" Buster, you can find all the episodes here.  I post about Merrilyn every Friday, and sometimes post about other things on the environment or my piece of scrubby bush between.  If you don't want to miss a thing sign up for the email or feed on the side of this blog, and/or join as a friend.  If you enjoyed it, please share it via facebook or twitter. Thanks to all who leave comments, I'm thrilled you are enjoying the story and it has many, many adventures to come.

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24 comments:

  1. I am enjoying this series on Merrilyn a lot. She is so cute and it is really interesting learning about her in more detail.

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  2. There is not much to say. I read with great interest and learn.

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  3. Oh, so SO cute! My heart has gone all smushy!

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  4. Aw! What a little cutie xD

    I'm happy that she got to experience the outdoors for the first time, or thereabouts! A little each day and she'll be at home in no time :)

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  5. Look how little she was! I love the shot with her standing between your legs and feeling safe! Fun post and so interesting!

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  6. Hello, I am a new follower. I would love it if you would visit my blog and follow me back at Valerie @ My-2-Cents

    Thank you
    Have a blessed week!

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  7. What a little thing she was! Interesting to know about the dirt. Am hoping it's the same for kids...

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  8. She's so sweet! I love that she felt so safe in your shadow. I'm also noticing how much room her living area is taking, and looking forward to seeing how much of your house she takes over before moving outside.

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  9. I love your blog. I will be following it so I can go back and read older entries.
    My daughter could not stop ga-ga-ing over the baby Kangaroo. Too cute indeed. This is Munir from focus. I am unable to comment on your blog as myself.

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  10. What a fun job you have. I really like the pic of her feeling safe next to you. She's like your daughter.

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  11. Aw, that is just beautiful. Not sure how I found your blog, but so glad I did. I love the picture of her standing between your legs. She looks so happy and confident and that she's safe.

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  12. How adorable! I don't think I've ever seen a baby kangaroo. Fascinating!

    Very nice connecting with you today, Cheryl. :-)

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  13. What an absolute trooper and sweetheart! Adorable!

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  14. That Merrilyn! Oh my, what a cutie pie! It's late here, or I would have my children take a look. I'll have to show them tomorrow, I promise, they will love following her tale. :)

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  15. what sweetness!! Thank you for sharing her journey!

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  16. This is the cutest thing I 've ever seen! :)

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  17. I completely agree with mominrome. What a cutie! Thanks for linking up in my space today!

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  18. That is so cool! Way more interesting than bringing home stray cats : )

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  19. This is my first introduction to Merrilyn..will definitely be reading more!

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  20. OMG, she is adorable!! I love her...I want her.

    but I doubt she would like living in rainy Vancouver :)

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  21. Have to link a Facebook page for you - do you know how?
    Or can I help?
    http://www.bywordofmouthmusings.com/2010/09/24-la-jack-bauer-or-lettermans-top-10.html yes, its TIME, Time for Time Travel Tuesday ... come on over!

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  22. What a beautiful experience for you and I can totally appreciate how Merrilyn wormed her way into your heart and changed your life. I am so glad for you that you had this opportunity to learn, care and share.

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