Friday, June 10, 2011

From bag girl to pouch girl - Merrilyn Pt 8

Merrilyn, the kangaroo joey, Went from her mother's safe pouch to a bag, after her mother was killed by a car.

This photo was taken when she was very small.  You can see her back legs sticking out and the wire from the thermostat, used to ensure she stayed warm enough.  The bag was great when she was small and easy to carry around but not so good for the bigger Buster and also for simply leaving her out on the ground to nibble the grass by herself.  We wanted to easily mimic a wild mother eating grass.

The mother wanders along eating and the joey has its nose out nuzzling dirt and pulling at grass.  We also wanted to be able to change the angle to a mother standing upright style.

On a visit to another wildlife group we spotted a stand and my then other half took a sketch and developed one of our own and a pouch that would work with it and this is what we came up with.  

 Doesn't make much sense looked at just as a stand, so let's add the pouch and give you the two views.

Here are a couple with pouches and on their side as if Mom is eating grass.  And here it is standing.

So did it work?

Merrilyn - right at home! (And growing fast)

I know a few wildlife carers are following this blog, so if you want full details on how to create a stand and also the pouch design that goes with it, you can find it in my wildlife care manual.  Here's the link that takes you to Macropology. (It's free to download).   

If you want to catch up with the rest of the story you can do that here.

Next week bring your tissues.  Things don't always go as planned in the land of kangaroo joey care.  "See" you next Friday. Cheryl


  1. Hi Cheryl! My kids are so excited about Merrilyn-we're going to be all over your blog today! :P Also, I grabbed your totally cute button and I'm posting it on my blog for the week. Have a good one!

  2. Merrilyn is so cute - just want to snuggle her. Your contraptions are pure genius! Very nice they worked. You're good people to do this.


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