Two Years Ago She Raised An Orphaned Wallaby. Now, She Brings Her Joey To Visit
December 21, 2015
"It's time for you to meet your grandparents. They're much bigger than us, so try not to stare."
Two years ago, a licensed wildlife rehabber and veterinary nurse in Australia raised this Red Neck Wallaby. During that time, she was with her basically 24 hours a day since joeys need to be with their mom.
Now, "Mirabooka" is all grown up and visits regularly with her joey - a baby boy.
"We greet each other by touching noses, which is how macropods greet each other. They like being scratched on the chest, and they don't like being stroked on the back like dogs because it makes them feel nervous."
Wallabies are similar to kangaroos, but much smaller.
She's raised many wallabies over the past six years...
"I have three wallabies and two kangaroos that are regular visitors at the moment. There's another three wallabies that are older now that still hang around the property but no longer approach me."
"I raise them and love them, and they love me back."
"We do what is called a soft release. Basically, they are just released from their pen (which is attached to the house). They are free to come back to the pen, and most of them will only go out for short adventures the first few days while they build confidence."
"All of the joeys I've released have done really well - I still see most of them around the place and they look healthy and happy."
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