Good news from the Deep South at Inala reserve South Bruny Island…Dawn, the road crash orphan Bennett’s wallaby is doing well and putting on her fur coat. Not such good news…she’s been joined by another vehicle victim, Anita.
News of sadness and survival in Australia’s Deep South comes from Tonia Cochran at Inala Nature Tours and Country accommodation, Bruny Island, south-west of Hobart. Tonia wrote late last week:
” Dawn is a road-kill orphan. I found her dead mum last Saturday so we’ve had her just over a week. She’s thriving and I am (just) surviving the 3 hourly feeds. The team is helping during the day and Tom, Emma and Sue are all great wallababy mums. I’m doing the night shifts as I head out on tour at the end of the month and then get to palm her off on the others so they can lose sleep for a while! We’re expecting more babies in every day- that time of year.
“Coincidentally, we made the “big time” in the local Tasmanian paper yesterday. Online link as follows: http://news360.com/article/258099412# . Maybe it may make people slow down and stop hitting wildlife… you can always dream I guess!”
Every year thousands — perhaps tens of thousands of wallabies and kangaroos — are killed by vehicle strike on Australian roads. It’s not always possible to avoid a collision but driving a little more slowly and carefully in known macropod areas helps. And when it does happen, the caring and thoughtful motorist will check to see if it’s a mum with a Joey in the pouch. Many Joeys survive the smash to die of exposure or starvation. If you find such an orphan Joey wrap it up, keep it warm and look in the phone book for animal care folk or take it to a veterinarian.
Here’s hoping Dawn makes it and we hear more of her story.
Check out the scene at Inala on their website: