Buxton has been recovering in our rehabilitation facility for over a month since he came into care with a sore leg. His original vet check and xrays showed his leg wasn't factured and he had no internal injuries. He was prescribed pain releif and minimal movement to allow ligaments to rest and heal.
After a month of rest and still unable to use the leg normally, it was time for Buxton to have a checkup to re-assess his progress. Howard Ralph, a well known wildlife vet, came to our rehabiliation facility to further examine Buxton's leg to try and ascertain why Buxton's recovery had started to improve and then slowed.
On examination, the Vet found that Buxton had a dislocated hip. This would have resulted from his original accident that brought him into our care. The Vet is now assessing the best course of action for Buxton's injury.
Your donations through Global Giving have enabled us to continue to improve the rehabilitation facility and provide the best veterinary care for the Macropods that come into our care.
On behalf of Sydney Wildlife, all of our volunteers and the many native animals we have saved and released, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.
A couple of great pieces of news today. First of all, the new cage is almost complete- have a look at in the photos attached. It is looking fantastic, and fortunately will be finished well in time for this years babies to move into when they are ready early next year.
The other good news is that our project has been chosen for an end-of-year challenge. If we can raise $3000 in December, from more than 30 donors, we become elgible for some big cash bonuses. I know its a big ask, but many charities get a lot of their donations at this time of year. Perhaps some of your friends or family might like to give a donation on your behalf, instead of a christmas present. One fantastic option would be to "sponsor" a baby, for $120. For a limited time, donors who sponsor a baby bat will recieve a fabulous bat finger puppet, handmade by villagers in Peru (I'm not making this up you know!). They are highly desirable and much more excusive and wonderful than most other presents you might recieve.
Remember that is a time of particular need, because we currently looking after a large number of the hear-stress babies from Casino (see the previous report).
Many people don't know what is involved in caring for a baby bat, so in the next few weeks we'll be giving you updates on how some of the babies are progressing before they move into the new cage.
Thank you so much for your on-going support.
Many thanks to everyone who has donated to the campaign so far. We've had a great start to the donations.
The good news is that work has commenced on building the new creche cage. The site has been prepared, plumbing is in, and the floor almost complete.
The bad news is that there is more need than ever. Many of you may know about the heat stress event in Casino, North of Sydney, where an estimated 5000 flying foxes died. The numbers of orphaned babies has been too great for the Casino carers to cope with by themselves and many have been moved to Sydney. Sydney Wildlife volunteers Tiere and Sarah Thorpe were interviewed on the ABC 7:30 program last night, describing theire experiences picking up orphans from Casino. There's a link included to their interview, and to some international coverage of the heat stress event.
Please share these stories with friends or colleagues who may be interested. It's vital that we raise awareness of the role that flying foxes play in the ecosystem, and their vulnerable status, especially as climate change begins to bite.
Sadly, its unlikely this will be the last heat stress event this year. Temperatures for Sydney are forcast to reach 39 degrees (102F) tomorrow and summer has just begun.
Thank you so much for your help. Along with our hard working volunteers, donations are what make our rescue efforts possible, and they are needed more than ever.