Rescuing an Agile Wallaby (Macropus agilis) joey from his mums pouch in Kakadu National Park.
Pink or furless joeys will have their mouth tightly fused around the teat. For this reason it is important not to pull the joey from the pouch without checking first as you may damage the joeys delicate mouth which will hinder it bottle feeding. Cut the teat as close to the mothers body as you can and remove the joey with the teat still in the mouth. Placing a large safety pin in the end of the cut teat will stop the joey from sucking in and choking on the teat. Keep the joey warm and get it to a carer ASAP. A joey can survive in its mother’s pouch for several days after she has been killed. Always check the pouch if a fatality or injury does occur, and please remove the body off to the side of the road to prevent other wildlife being hit by vehicles as they feed on the remains. Please do not attempt to raise a Joey unless you have been trained and have the correct permit to do so for your state. If you are interested in becoming a wildlife carer, contact your local rescue group.
This lucky little guy has now been in care for 1 week and is doing well.
Meep meep! This roadrunner actually had been running in the road (which is how I spotted him). I quickly pulled over my car and followed him into the tall grass and brush where he was hunting for insects. He was far more interested in bugs than he was me which allowed me to get nice and close.