Message from Rosie the Joey
A while ago you met my Mum
She died before help arrived
A passer-by found her
And spent a moment by her side.
Just as the stranger
Turned to walk away
They thought they saw a movement
and decided they would stay.
They looked a little closer
To see what they could see
And found that little movement
Was living, breathing me.
They got in quite a flummox
and didn’t know just what to do
How could they help me
Should they take me to the zoo?
They rang their local vet
Who said, “All you need to know:
Is for help with native animals
Call Sydney Wildlife 9413 4300”.
There are wildlife rescue groups
Right across the land
Who are there to assist at times like this
And to lend a helping hand.
A wildlife carer quickly arrived
And took Mum and me away
They are taking special care of me
I’m growing stronger every day.
So the morale of this story
Is that should you ever find
A dead possum or a kangaroo
Or marsupial of any kind
Just stop a moment, check the pouch
To see what you might see
You just might find a little joey
Like living, breathing me.
©Sydney Wildlife 2014
Great News….. we have been able to release Dell into a wildlife sanctuary now she is 18 months of age. As we did not know exactly where she came from, we were not able to take her back to release where she was born. She now has her own mob of kangaroos to live with and help her learn all she needs to know about being a kangaroo.
Back in the rehabilitation facility, we have planted more native plants that will provide extra food for the macropods living in the facility and teach them how to graze. We have also had plumping laid so we can have a tap within the facility to make it easier to clean, water the plants and also refill the drinking troughs.
Presently we have 3 macropods living in the rehabilitation facility. It is great seeing them grow and thrive in this facility that wouldn’t have been possible without your generous support.
Cloudy the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, who was found malnourished to the point that he couldn’t stand, is now in the rehabilitation area your donations have helped us build.
Cloudy has now joined 3 other Macropods (kangaroos and Wallabies) keeping him company in the rehabilitation area. He has a long way to go but is slowly improving in his health and mental state.
Our Global Giving donors should be very proud of themselves, as through your donations we have been able to rehabilitate 7 Macropods since starting the project.
THANK YOU SO MUCH
Unfortunately we had another Eucalyptus tree fall, severely damaging one of the fences. Luckily our corporate volunteers have worked very hard and replaced the fence so our beautiful Macropods could not escape or hurt themselves. Trees are an essential part of the landscape providing shade, shelter and food for our precious native animals in the area.
Word is out about Sydney Wildlife's fantastic work at Waratah Park. We are pleased to advise that other companies, such as Bunnings Warehouse, have volunteered time and equipment, with their current project being to paint part of the facility we use to prepare the animals food.
We are very proud of what we have achievd so far, let us know your thoughts on our projects wall.
This little kangaroo's name is Cloudy, he was found in one of Sydneys Northern suburbs starving, so weak that he couldn’t stand up.
Thanks to your donations and the Volunteer carers hard work Cloudy is now recovering well and in a few months will be able to move into the rehabilitation facility.
To help an animal like Cloudy to survive it takes a lot of care. As he'd had no food for a long period of time and needed fluid injections to hydrate him we needed to feed him small amounts often and the formula needed to be diluted as his stomach would not cope with full strength.
He was kept quiet and needed heat for shock initially even though it was very warm in Sydney when Cloudy came into care.
Once the formula started to work and he put on some weight the formula strength was increased and the feeding frequency decreased.
Now a couple of months later we have an active and much healthier joey that can not only stand but hop around.
We have continued to work on the rehabilitation area with volunteers lifting heavy rubber to finish the walls in the Quarantine area, (which I might add looks great). It is so good to now have a facility to enable us to take in injured adult Macropods where they wont further hurt them selves on hard surfaces while they are being treated.
Maintenance of the area is continuous by our corporate volunteers with planting, weeding and watering of native bushes that provide food for the Macropods, also regularly mowing of the surrounding areas.
We feel blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers helping us achieve our goal.