A friend in need

Michael bought home a friend in need this morning

He found this little guy injured on the road and wrapped him up and bought him home


He has tyre tracks from head to toe


We put him the shade gave him a little water and rang WIRES on 13 000 WIRES

As it turns the WIRES hotel in our region has no vacancy. So we are going to care for this little guy under supervision of WIRES


We have cleaned all his wounds which appear superficial except for a very deep cut between his ears with warm salty water, found him a nice big cage in the shade with some juicy grass underneath and WIRES are coming later to review him and give him antibiotics and pain relief if necessary


So far so good.

Now for a name – any ideas

All the way from Lantanaland we have a name – DUNLOP


A few hours later Dunlop is making a strong statement “I am wild animal and I should not be caged and I am out of here” Fair enough Dunlop we can assure you we agree 100% and will let you out as soon as WIRES says its okay

WIRES have now come and gone and sadly Dunlop is not as well as we had hoped


The pads on Dunlop’s feet are all torn and apparently this is not good. She is very thin (yes we now know Dunlop is a she) and it appears may have been doing it tough for quite a while before she got run over.

So WIRES have taken her away and will take her to the vet tomorrow. OUR FINGERS AND TOES ARE CROSSED


Michael is very upset about his little friend she seems so tough lets hope she makes it

DAY 3 Update on Dunlop

After a visit to the vet, pain killers and antibiotics Dunlop is now drinking her milk bottles and nibling on grass prognosis is improving – Good News indeed

There are lots of things you need to know if you are caring for Marsupials some info here http://www.marsupialsociety.org/hand_rearing.html

Author: Lynne Strong

I am a 6th generation farmer who loves surrounding myself with optimistic, courageous people who believe in inclusion, diversity and equality and embrace the power of collaboration. I am the founder of Picture You in Agriculture. Our team design and deliver programs that inspire pride in Australian agriculture and support young people to thrive in business and life

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