Monday, 8 March 2010

Tiny Joey found abandoned in freezing temperatures

This tiny youngster was found earlier today in 'Wallaby Walkabout' at the Park - apparently abandoned by its young mother. The Wallaby Joey, thought to be approximately 4 months old, has no hair and is completely vulnerable - at this age it would normally be totally reliant on its mother, suckling and in the pouch on a full-time basis until approximately 6 months of age - only then would it start to venture out for short periods of time. The Animal Care Team will be taking up the challenge of being surrogate parents. The Joey has been wrapped up warmly and is snuggled in a fleece, inside an incubator; it's being syringe fed a milk substitute combined with an organic fruit baby food. At this early stage its difficult to know what the outcome might be.... we'll keep you posted.

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