WHAT to do when you’ve rescued so many wildlife babies needing a constant heat source that matches their mother’s pouch, and all you have is a small humidicrib that is approaching its use by date?
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WINC (Wildlife in Need of Care) recently experienced this worry, and were over the moon to gratefully accept a grant from Yancoal to purchase a new large hi tech model humidicrib.
Lorraine Yudaeff, President of WINC told News Of The Area, “We had to wait a long time for our new machine to arrive, as the import was held up in a foreign port, where it became infested with a nasty bug that needed a lengthy quarantine in Australia.”
“Thankfully ‘Pets r Us’ at Raymond Terrace was there to save the group’s sanity and still had the energy left to put the machine together when it finally was given to us.”
Within minutes of its arrival at WINC, it was occupied by two tiny Redneck Wallabies, who weighed in at 150 & 250 grams.
They are fed wildlife baby formula every three hours, day and night, through a fine syringe.
As they grow they’ll be moved into hanging pouches, and gradually into the real world of sunshine and grass where they can test their fragile wobbly legs and test eating solid food.
When they’re ready for more adventures they’ll be transferred to a large compound on one of WINC’s pre-release sites, where they’ll socialise with other members of their species and be fed regularly until they decide they’re ready to explore the surrounding bush.
They’re welcome to come back at any time if food is scarce but, just like humans, they often come back to proudly show off their own babies.
Lorraine said, “It’s rewarding being a wildlife rescuer and carer, but the sad part is how many of our native animals are being orphaned by cars.”
“You can do your part by encouraging everyone you know to drive slower between dusk and dawn, when wildlife is searching for those tasty morsels that grow by roads.”
“Food is particularly scarce right now because of the long period of dry weather, so it’s a time for special care.”
“The life you save could be your own,” she said.
WINC rescues and cares for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife in your area.
Their 24 hour rescue line can be utilised on: 1300 946295 (1300 WINCWL).
To become a member contact Lorraine on 49 283229 or email@example.com.
By Rachael VAUGHAN