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: . 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:

While on the subject of macropods, try this for adorable! They are Bennett’s Wallabies and the mum is an albino, rescued from the pouch of her mother who had been killed by a car. The other guy is her fourth joey…big enough to be independent but still hassling mum for milk.
She’s having none of it, but in the nicest possible way, alternately pushing him away and giving him a hug.
Albinism amongst the Bennett’s is common — about 1 in every 1000 is pure white.
The pair are happy habitants at Inala private reserve run by biologist Tonia Cochrane on Bruny Island off the south of Tasmania. Beautiful accommodation and fantastic wildlife — robins in plague proportions. Wallaby wake-up call in the morning.
Tonia has been designing and leading birding and wildlife tours across Australia since 1994. From headquarters on Bruny Island their reach extends across Australia from the lush wet forests of Queensland to the endemic-rich plains of Western Australia and beyond.
Nestled in tall eucalypt forest at the foot of the South Bruny Ranges, the Inala Private Reserve is also home to six endangered bird species (Forty-spotted Pardalote, Tasmanian subspecies of Wedge-tailed Eagle, White-bellied Sea Eagle, white morph of the Grey Goshawk, Swift Parrot and Masked Owl), a fine selection of mammals, four rare orchids and all of Tasmania’s 12 endemic bird species.
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