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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lucky Find by Kelly Stumbles

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Lucky Find by Kelly Stumbles

I received a call fram a lady called Lynn. She was concerned about a little Joey that she hat seen hop across the road in front of her on the way to work. She explained that it was only tiny and nod oubt should still be with his mother. She gave the details of where she’d seen it, wich was about 10 km out the Red Range Rd where the properties of Lilburn and Sunny Glen are directly opposite each other. It was alomost 9am and I was at work with no one else to call upon I said to my boss “I just have to duck out for a while is that ok ? he said yes so off I went out hte road like a bat out of hell not knowing if I was going to be able to find this little thing. As 15-20 minutes would have passed by the time I would get there. I pulled up by the sida of the road and started to walk along the fence line clicking away in the hopes something call back. Up one side and back the other, but nothing, not a sound of any kind. I scanned the paddocks on either side looking for any movement at all, but again nothing. This   little thing could be anywhere by now and i couldn”t stay to long since I should have been at work. I was just about to give up when I thought I”ll walk towards the driveway a bit further just in case. So clicking away again I slowly headed towards the driveway. I headed up a light embankment towards some fallen braches, when i heard somethin clicking back at me. So I kept clicking till I got closer and heard clicking coming from under one of the fallen branches. It got a fright shen it saw me and tried to get out and away but I scooped it up and tucked it into my jumper. The litle Joey turned out te be a little Red-nck Wallaby ( Macropes rufogriseus) male who weighed 1130 grams and most certainly should have still been with his mother. Iwas extremly lucky to find him as he could have ended up anywhere but luckily for him he hat the sense to find a safe hidey hole. I never found any sight of his mother so as to why he was by himself hopping across a dangerous road will always be a mystery. I named him Sunny  as it was a sunny day and he was found opposite the property of Sunny Glen. He had no injuries and soon settled into his new home at my place. He has grown into a very handsome wallaby, who has transfered to pre-release at Kareen’s place on the 3rd April 2009 weighing 6kg.with his friend Mousey the Swamp Wallaby. Sp from a frantic rescue not knowing if I was going to find anything, came a beautiful Wallaby soon to be released, just what wildlife caring is all about

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