Holly Wallaby

Holly came to us 3 weeks ago as her mother was unwell and had rejected her and pushed her out of the pouch.

Wallaby joeys are very tiny when born, smaller than a jelly bean and grow inside their mothers pouch. They do not develop any fur until they are about 5 months old so are kept constantly in the pouch until then. The pouch is the equivalent of an incubator. Joeys spend most of their time in the pouch for growth and safety, gradually emerging for longer periods of time until they are ready to be independent at about a year old. They do still squeeze into the pouch after weaning if they feel threatened or scared as this is their place of safety.

Consequently this meant that this baby joey needed a surrogate mum to bottle feed her for the next 6 months or so ! A member of our team took¬† on the role of ‘mum’ and fed Holly bottles 5 times a day starting at 6.30AM!!

Holly slowly started gaining weight and to nibble on grasses and tree bark as she would in the wild.

She started to follow her ‘mum’ around the garden making a cute chirrup type sound when her ‘mum’ went out of view. When all fed and her tummy was full she retired to her man-made heated pouch and sucked her little toe just like a dummy.

Holly was doing really well when out of the blue she started to become unwell, she started taking less of her bottle and became lethargic. Unfortunately Holly then started with gastrointestinal problems and despite medical and supportive treatment she continued to deteriorate.

Sadly within 24 hours of the sudden onset of her symptoms we had to make the difficult decision to let Holly go as this was the kindest thing to do for her.

Holly was only with us for a short time but made a huge impression and is sadly missed by us all.

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