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JULES the rescued Swamp Wallaby joey
A swamp wallaby joey nicknamed Jules whose
mother was hit and killed by a car in Narooma is now safely in care
with local WIRES local volunteer, Beris Jenkins.
The joey was kindly rescued by a concerned motorcyclist who spotted her
when he pulled over to check the condition of the mother. Jenkins
believes the joey was in the pouch when the accident happened as she
sustained a broken claw and a badly grazed tail indicating they were
most likely poking out of the pouch.
“The vet strapped her foot and it’s fully healed already,” said
Jenkins. “Jules was only 748g but with bottle feeding* is now a healthy
2.5kg - she’s a very lucky girl."
WIRES Mid-South Coast branch is in need of more volunteers like Jenkins and is asking members of the local community to consider helping out in their spare time.
Caring for wildlife requires specific training and licensing and WIRES is holding a Rescue and Immediate Care Course (RICC) at Potato Point on 10 September. The course is fully accredited and costs $175.
Jenkins said WIRES gives native animals like Jules a second chance at survival and she encourages anyone who loves animals to get involved.
“I think it’s important to support an organisation that just looks after our native animals,” says Jenkins. "I’m there for our native animals because I love them - they don’t have a voice and WIRES gives them one.”
“I joined WIRES 5 years ago but I have worked with native wildlife for over fifteen years now in different regions and have a great fondness for kangaroos and wallabies. I’ve also made some very good friends with WIRES and have a lot of support from fellow volunteers - I really love what I do.”
For more information on the upcoming WIRES RICC course please email Training@wires.org.au or visit www.WIRES.org.au .
*WIRES carers use special milk formulas that replicate individual species’ milk. Members of the public can help with the raising of orphaned native animals by donating to the WIRES food fund at http://bit.ly/WIRESFoodFund. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.
JULES the rescued Swamp Wallaby joey (high res image available on request)
Photo credit: B Jenkins, WIRES
To organise an interview with WIRES volunteer, Beris Jenkins please call Carla Toyne on (02) 8977 3327 or 0416272153 or email Carla@wires.org.au
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