Friday, July 15, 2011

Yet another problem child - Merrilyn Part 13

Just 3 days after Bob arrived in care, (The Third Musketeer) yet another bundle arrived in our life.  I'd taken on the role of Macropod Coordinator for our local wildlife care group, which means it was my responsibility to stabilise new kangaroo and wallaby arrivals.  On this particular day I was contacted by our local police saying they'd had a joey dropped into the police station and could I come and take it away please.

I headed down there and found a female red-necked wallaby, yes like Pepe and Joe ( What's a Wallaby) .  She was over one kilo (2.2lb) and well furred.  I estimated she was about 7 months old and her mother had been hit by a car.  I was surprised she had made it into care as at that age she was well able to run from people and it worried me that she may have some injuries.

I couldn't find anything obvious but she struggled and was difficult to try to feed, so as she should have been nibbling on vegetation by this stage I decided to give her rest and quiet and see what would happen.  Most of you have probably used a playpen along the way (or are they considered a no no for kids these days?)  Well they come in handy for joeys who are reasonably mobile and that you don't want to mix in with the rest of the joeys in your house.
The normal bars are encased in soft mesh so that the joeys can't just walk through them and towels and sheeting give them a sense of added security and privacy.  Copper, as we named her, curled up in Merrilyn's old pouch and fell asleep.  I gave her a few hours and then tried some more rehydration fluid.  She seemed very flat but I managed to get a small amount into her and suddenly she was fighting me.  I left her to rest some more and this process continued for a couple of days.  She lost some weight and seemed to have some colicky type pain which I treated and hoped that it was the dietary change and loss of her mom and not internal injuries.

A week went by and suddenly both she and Bob seemed to turn a corner together.  I'd been struggling to get his poo problems under control and he was well under weight but one morning they had both put on weight and Copper hopped out to take a look at her new world.  She was a delight!




She hardly stopped moving so capturing her on film was quite a feat.


Two days after these photos were taken she went missing.  I got up in the morning and there was no Copper in the playpen.  I couldn't believe that she could have escaped the house without us noticing and so I carefully checked every nook and cranny in the place, but no Copper.  I could not imagine where she could be.  The three musketeers were all heads out and looking for their morning bottle so I started to get them ready and when I turned around to give Bob his bottle I couldn't believe what I saw.


Perhaps she wanted company, or perhaps she sensed that Bob was struggling and needed a friend?  She wasn't actually directly in the pouch with Bob, but had somehow found her way between his pouch liner and the pouch.  She was obviously warm and happy and looking for her bottle too!

As much as I would love to have added Copper to the gang, between 3 demanding kangaroo joeys and Pepe and Joe, plus stabilising new joeys coming into care, I didn't have enough time to keep Copper here and after a few more days she was taken to another carers place for final feeding up and gentle release from their home back into the wild.  It's a beautiful property, with many red-necks and somewhere Copper will feel right at home.  I'm still amazed that she was in with Bob and also amazed she jumped out of the play pen so easily - at least we knew she was fit and strong!

As for Bob - well here he is at the end of his first week here.  Still scrawny but looking a bit better and with his systems settled slowly gaining weight.


OK before I go I want to point you to a new page I've put in Hopper Strategized.  This is an ongoing blog hop currently being co-hosted by Christin Vance of Mom Blog of Two Little Misters and Stephanie Greiner of Always Just a Mom.  It's a way to gain some more traffic and also keep your blog up front and centre on the Google engine.  All the details are on the page if you want to give it a try and I'm working my way through the people already on to to say hello.

Adding this post to Love Links No 15 - come and join in the fun!

Until next week.  Take care all, Cheryl

22 comments:

  1. I my God, that is the cutest, tiniest, little kangaroo pooper I have ever seen. :)

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  2. Such lovely pictures! I'm glad they turned the corner and that Bob put on some weight :)

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  3. Just when I think it's not possible for more cuteness, you introduce us to Copper. The cutest little thing I've ever seen. Love her spunk!

    How many critters do you usually have at one time?

    What do these guys smell like?

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  4. Wow - amazing. these guys are so lucky you exist. :)

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  5. You can't get rid of me THAT easy!!!!! (Got your message...lol)

    Dontcha remember? I'm a 'roo fanatic. How's things on the sunny side of the globe?

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  6. Your new problem child is cute! Too bad she couldn't stay to create more problems for you and your team! :D

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  7. Oh you guys haven't seen cute yet - wait for some future instalments that will certainly show you cute! Deb you alsways make me think - how to describe the smells. Let's leave Bob out of it - the others you've seen just a beautiful small animal smell, swamp wallabies smell strongly and some don't like it. I think I've had 8 at various stages and a couple being stabilised all at once so it can be hectic! Bryce so glad you haven't disappeared! Not so sunny here as we have a wet winters day today!

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  8. Bob is the cutest joey ever. Period.

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  9. Oh my gosh - they are so cute! I'm so glad you stopped by. The closest I've ever been to a wallaby is at a zoo.

    Thanks for visiting! http://confessionsofafrugalmind.blogspot.com/

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  10. What a lovely story about Copper and how she wanted company. It must make your life so wonderful to know how you're helping the animals make it to adulthood.

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  11. Hi Cheryl,
    I'm so pleased to meet you through your wonderful blog! I will spend time over the next few days reading previous posts to learn more about your incredible adventures with these darling animals. Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. Today I will attempt to figure out how to update the profile, and add a photo!

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  12. Poor Bob..he looks like a little old man with a robe on that's a tad too big for him! These posts are just the cutest things going. I always look for them every week! I even shared them at work. We snuck onto a computer and headed over...a group of nurses hanging on a computer screen all saying the same thing.."How cute is this?!!" It made our day!

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  13. Copper is adorable! I'm so glad she was able to regain her strength. (Bob, too!)

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  14. Such cute babies you have!! Copper is so tiny and cute.I so love their adventures. And yours too. I just finished the Cheryl and Deb Great Escape adventure. You (and Deb) are officially my heros (heroines).

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  15. So cute! It would be interesting to have joeys living indoors with you.

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  16. Kangaroo, this is cool to have a kangaroo as a pet. Do they kick a lot?

    Pete Johnson.

    Cheapholidays

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  18. Well aren't they the cutest! Happy to be your 100th follower!

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  19. I wouldn't have been able to bear separating them! It's a good thing I don't live there. I would be packing kangaroos into every nook and stashing wallabees under the bed : )

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  20. Bob is just adorable! At least he does every trouble with the cutest face!

    Pleasant company

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  21. I couldn't imagine having joeys bouncing around the house. How cool would that be! Now I want one. Do they come in miniature size?

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  22. I can't believe Copper seeking out company with Bob! Simply and adorably beautiful - laughing and crying are so close to each other!

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