TARGET ON HER BACK
Sharing a story, as a soft release site I help outside wildlife carers to re-home Wallabies. Late last week there was an urgent call-out regarding an aggressive Black-striped Wallaby “Poss” and her “at foot” joey needing to be rehomed. Notified by a member of the public, the animal had attacked 3 elderly people in different incidences leaving them with severe cuts and needing stitches. The location was a small seaside town in QLD.
A target was placed on her back and people from around this area wanted her shot. This became a life and death situation for this poor girl, who had no idea that this was the wrong thing to do.
I only heard about this situation from a few of my wildlife carer friends, asking if I could assist in homing her and her bub, “Challenge Accepted”. I was only too happy to help! The day arrived and I was not sure what to expect from her when she woke… When she did she looked around took a few hops, smelt the air and off she went to the paddocks to sleep the rest of the day away. The little “at foot” joey took a little longer to wake but he found himself a nice old gum to park up against until mum came back for him.
As night came “Poss” finally showed up bringing all my wild hand raised Black-striped wallabies with her. I was surprised to see so many, they never come home and if they do it’s only 1 or 2 that may come. I sat there, enjoying the moment, how could I not Lol… Anyway, Poss finally approached me, I was waiting for this Drop Bear Blackstripe to make her move but she just hops up, I gave her a quick scratch under her chin and off she went… Well, that was not what I was expecting lol…
I didn’t see her the next night but last night she came back in with her “at foot” joey, again she came over to me, again I gave her a scratch and off she went into the night… So sometimes these poor kids are raised, held onto way too long, not taught what is needed and released into an area that gives her a death sentence.
A big thanks to all that helped bring this beautiful girl home…
The black-striped wallaby, also known as the scrub wallaby, is a medium-sized wallaby found in Australia, from Townsville in Queensland to Narrabri in New South Wales. In New South Wales it is only found west of the Great Dividing Range. It is decreasing in these areas, but is not classified as threatened as a species yet. The New South Wales population, however, is classified as endangered.
‘The black-striped wallaby, also known as the scrub wallaby, is a medium-sized wallaby found in Australia, from Townsville in Queensland to Narrabri in New South Wales. In New South Wales it is only found west of the Great Dividing Range’. Wikipedia