Friday, October 14, 2011

Last Call for Bottles - Merrilyn Part 21

So we reach the final bottles for the three musketeers.  The final real contact as we send them on their way into the wild.  It's a very sad day for us all.  Merrilyn has been in care now for almost 12 months, and every day of that time she has enjoyed her bottles of milk, (special kangaroo formula - never give kangaroos normal cow's milk), and as she drank she would close her eyes and I just knew she was in seventh heaven.  I loved every tug of the bottle and was always sad to see the bottle empty and now I was giving her her very last bottle.  Tears come to my eyes just thinking about it.

  Buster too loved his bottle, almost as much as his pouch (See Last night Merrilyn part 20).  Though we were trying to minimise contact he always managed to talk Stephen into giving him a cuddle post bottle and Stephen knew this would be the last as Buster must stop making contacts with humans.  A 50-60kg eastern grey male is not something that you want cuddling humans! 

He sucked his last bottle down.



 And had one last cuddle.


He seemed to know something was coming to an end.



Bob too loved his bottle and I fed him with Merrilyn.
I wanted to cuddle them both too, but simply didn't have enough arms.  I had other joeys in care to feed, but somehow the three musketeers, and especially Merrilyn, had captured my heart in a way no others had.  Tears fell as I fed them for the last time.

So now all three were fully weaned, out of their pouches and out of the safety of the pen. They were totally free, 24 hours a day and no longer needed humans to survive.  This isn't the end of the story though - not by a long way!  Stay tuned for their adventures as they make their way back to a life in the wild.

As you journey in life, think of the animals who don't have a voice of their own, and speak up for them as they live here too.  Take care until next time.  Cheryl

16 comments:

  1. Aw, reading this brought a tear to my eye. I guess the day has to come for them to be back in the wild where they belong. I feel so sad for you guys who have been caring for them since they were little joeys :(

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  2. Cheryl I am writing this through tears - how wonderful you are and how brave to let them go be what they were meant to be - free.

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  3. Goodness, I don't know if I'd be strong enough to let them all go! I can't imagine having to do that after 12 months and everything you all went through together-But I know it's a happy thing in the end!

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  4. I love the pic with your hubby getting the last cuddle in...how hard for you all. I hate when we have to do the hard things in life for the better things to follow. I admire your hard work and dedication to these sweet animals..and for your understanding that they have a place in this world and it's in the wild.

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  5. What great pics!
    This had to be hard for you guys. But I really admire the way you cared for them, and cared enough about them to know where they truly belong.
    I continue to be in awe of what you do.

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  6. The truest kind of love here - letting them go to the life they were born for. This brought tears to my eyes. I can feel your loss, even though I know Merrilyn isn't gone for good.

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  7. I am writing this through tears streaming from my eyes. I admire, so much, the dedication you both showed to the three musketeers and long for the continuing story of how they adapt to the environment for which they were born. I wrestle with keeping a bird in a cage, but you know the limitation my darling PC has, so I try to give her time out to play and for cuddles.

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  8. Aww! What a tough day. :( I know these things must be difficult, but you guys are such an example to all of us. *hugs*

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  9. They grow up so fast and they are getting more adorable with every second! How I want to see them and hug them...

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  10. Bye, special threesome. I hope the world treats you well.

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  11. I need a tissue! What a heartfelt post - what a tough day for you. Although I haven't dipped by a lot *hangs head* I remember the early stages and feel a pang. I hope the three have a nice journey through life.

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  12. Oh, my! They have grown so much! It is sad to part with someone you have taken care of for so long! They are still so cute and little to me!

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  13. Gah, this post made me cry too! New post please!

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  14. I love feeding animals their bottles. That was always my job when I was little. Feeding calves.

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  15. Always enjoy your posts Cheryl, and miss you here in blogland!! Post soon!!!

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  16. Merrilyn is quite big already. You took excellent care for her over these months. You are really great!

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