Meet Elly the 3 week old Joey.
Elly is an orphaned wallaby who’s life was saved by a local wildlife volunteer.
We came across Elly and her surrogate dad on our walk along the foreshore in 1770 Queensland. There she was snuggled up in her substitute pouch, suckling on formula milk made by the kindly animal carer.
I fell in love with Elly, but I was also saddened by her story. Apparently there are so many little Joeys like Elly, abandoned due to road kill. However most of them are not as lucky as Elly. She was found by a passing driver who saw a dead Wallaby on the side of the road and was good enough to stop. Elly was found in the pouch of her dead mum starving and frightened.
Wallabies are born tiny, helpless, and undeveloped. They immediately crawl into their mothers’ pouches where they continue to develop after birth—usually for a couple of months. Thank goodness for the hero volunteer Wildlife Carers of Queensland, because at least Elly will survive and once she becomes an adult, she will be released back into the wild to thrive.
Unfortunately funding has now been axed for volunteer Wildlife Carers in Queensland because the government no longer see it as necessary. This is because Wallabies and Kangaroos are not endangered, there are plenty of them hopping about, so therefore if a few are killed off by road kill, so what! Yes but what about care and protection for the wounded that we create? Doesn’t that count? Are we that callous to not care about our native species regardless of whether they are endangered or not? It’s fine for us to introduce domestic animals into the environment that kill the native wildlife, and it’s still not considered necessary to protect them.
This is how amazing the wildlife volunteers are. They pay for the rearing costs themselves which includes the milk formula, which incidentally is very expensive, the pouches, the sleepless nights and the dedication. Not to mention the broken heart when a roo is released a year later never to be seen again.
So I’m posting this as a dedication and a huge THANK YOU to all the kind souls who dedicate their time, money and lives to caring for injured wildlife. I am in awe of you all.