Many of the little ones in our care at the time of the last newsletter have been successfully reared and are happily bouncing around our pen here at Inala. They will all be released shortly. One of our little family has however not been so fortunate…poor Mono, a little Bennett’s Wallaby, contracted Toxoplasmosis (a nasty disease) and Sue, who has lovingly mothered this little joey, recently had to have him euthanized by our wildlife veterinarian James Harris in Hobart. We are all devastated but thank James for the service he regularly provides to our charges in care. Apparently Mono contracted the disease from his mother at birth and we were unaware of this until the symptoms became very noticeable a few days ago when he experienced seizures. Feral cats spread this disease through their faeces, and as cats are not uncommon on Bruny, it is likely that good numbers of native mammals are affected by this disease for which there is no cure. On this note, Tonia has just finished guiding the federal Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, around Bruny; his visit down here (aside from taking a bit of time to do some birding: he is a keen birder!), is to explore the option of ultimately making Bruny a cat-free island. Plans to this end will likely go ahead, and this is most welcome news given the horrid fate of our poor Mono.
Our most recent arrival into our care is an orphaned baby blue-tongued lizard (we’ve called him Spike!), who is happily recovering well, growing rapidly and enjoying the regular warmth of a heat lamp! Spikey will be released when he gets a bit larger.
Please note that funds from our Jurassic Garden and Nature Museum and guided property tours go towards feeding and looking after our rescue animals.