Saturday, September 10, 2011

Buster Blossoms - Merrilyn Part 19

Remember this little guy? (Part 4 - Buster Arrives)

Well he blossomed into a great teenager!

His fluffy look is because he came from higher altitudes so had a thicker winter fur.


His personality was as soft and cuddly as he looked.  A very gentle boy.

You'll also recall his broken foot. (Part 10 - what else can go wrong?)


As you might remember it didn't set well and so it never sat as it should and a callous formed, but it never slowed him down.  The callous shows as a round circle towards the bottom of the thick part of his foot. 

You can also see the strong fore paw.  The nails are blunt but can do a great deal of damage.  Which is one of the reasons a male kangaroo must be released and de-humanised as soon as possible.  Buster liked to come up and gently place his forepaws on your shoulders and that was fine if you stood completely still, but if you moved away quickly you'd be left with welts.  We knew, that once he was fully weaned, Buster needed to go completely wild as quickly as possible. He still had five months to go to come completely off his bottles and by then he'd be even bigger.  

Buster adored his pouch and he was going to be able to keep it a little longer than usual as both Bob and Merrilyn were younger and we wanted to release them all together.  The three of them spent all day out roaming now, but at night were given their pouches and locked into a pen where they were safe from predators and yet able to graze freely, though I suspect that once Buster tumbled into his pouch he didn't venture out again until morning!


Until next time.  Love the animals, they belong here too! 

19 comments:

  1. Oh so long since I've been here. I've been away overseas, been sick, and now I'm back blogging/writing. Love the kanga pics as always!

    Denise

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  2. What a handsome boy! He's overcome his trials and I'm looking forward to the future story of his going out on his own...but how can you say goodbye?

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  3. Gosh he has grown! He looks great and I love his fluffy fur.

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  4. That bum picture made my day. Not hard to love these guys. They're magnificent.

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  5. I don't think I've ever be mooned by a kangaroo before : ) When I was a child I loved the movie 'Born Free' about Elsa the lion. Have you thought of making these stories into a book? I think children, and parents, would love it. It's the sort the kids would love because the pictures are so cute but reading it together, they would be learning at the same time.

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  6. Not very graceful getting into his pouch, is he?

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  7. I look forward to seeing the joeys each week. Thanks for taking us on your journey!

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  8. Just magnificent to see Buster moving freely. I love his pouch entry approach and that he can enjoy that wonderful place of rest for a while longer!

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  9. Aww... his pouch entry is so cute! Nice to see how he has grown.

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  10. he is beautiful - my heart is wrenching already at the thought of him going. To easy it would be to get so attached that letting go was not an option - how I admire you.

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  12. new follower here! love the poem based on the cree saying on your sidebar! and what a cutie the kangaroo is! christy

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  14. I do love the animals. Hi Chery, just stopped by to let you know that I'm passing on your award tomorrow...you know the 7X7 once. Thanks again. :)

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  15. This is my first visit. I was directed thru a link at Laila's blog. I'm so glad I stopped by. Your young fellow is adorable.

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  16. What a hoot that Buster is. Love the last photo. Love these stories.

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  17. HEY! How's my favorite kangaroo keeper?

    Okay, okay. The only kangaroo keeper I know. But still my fave, by far!

    Hope things are well!

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  18. I've been tardy lately in the bloggng world and since yours is a true fav of mine, I miss the roo tales too! This one is no exception and I always learn a little more. Hope he makes the transition well!

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  19. You've got a wonderful blog here! I got your address from Jo Bryant in New Zealand, because I wrote something about kangaroos and wallabies. I am often in Australia as my youngest daughter lives in Queensland, Cooktown. I have never seen the big red kangaroo but I saw plenty wallabies, and I know a woman who looks after orphaned joeys. They are quite tame.Thanks for sharing your stories.

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