Blog of a wombat called Dawn
Dawn is an old wombat at Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary. You cannot age a wombat (or scruff one for that matter:)). Her activity is minimal and her range is limited. She spends a large amount of her life sleeping (20hrs per day). When she first came in to care, Dawn used to fall asleep at the water bowl or while eating. She has since recovered beautifully to full health and is now a well endowed 40kg wombat.
|Posted on 24 August, 2015 at 22:45||comments (2)|
Maybe I should call this Dawn and Donna's Blog as I'm going to write a bit in here from time to time. Over the last few days we have been desperately trying to help a wombat in Victoria. Now really, you would think that would not be necessary, that all the wildlife orgs in VIC would be willing to assist a desperately ill wombat huh?
Apparently not so. Because it is an adult wombat that needs help and not a joey? Possibly. That people are scared to deal with adult wombats or just could not be bothered? Again, not sure but why are numbers advertised for wildlife rescue when the orgs will not even return phone calls made to them, let alone respond after a week. That is 7 days of suffering that need not occurred. Angry? Oh yes I'm angry. I'm also disappointed and saddened by this but not surprised.
We did eventually get the wombat help and oh how it needed help. Thank you to the wonderful people who did in fact respond to our requests and who did in fact do something to help this animal, after nobody else would. Rough road ahead for wombats if this is the way forward, D
|Posted on 12 May, 2015 at 21:05||comments (0)|
Sherman had the sense to come back phew. Wombats are clever, more so than some of the humans out there I dare say. So he is safe and sound and getting his treatment. We have had some shocking weather so he made it in the nick of time. Us wombats do not like the wind as we cannot hear danger properly. Winter is not a good time for wombats (or wildlife in general) as human traffic co-incides with our movements a lot more so more wombats are hit. 4 new arrivals to the sanctuary in the last 2 weeks. I know the humans will be close to saying 'no more'. There is only so much they can do with the money they have and the resources. Sad but a reality. But I know they will do their best for wombats at all times. Time for me to head back to bed, D
|Posted on 19 April, 2015 at 0:30||comments (0)|
I have had pneumonia for the second time in as many months. Not fun as us wombats cannot sneeze or cough. The humans have been very worried, partly because of my age and because I was not responding to the antibiotics. They changed those for me and I am starting to feel a lot better. I ate last night for the first time in almost 5 days.
Still no sign of Sherman and I know the humans are very concerned about him. We are a stubborn species and don't necessarily do what is best for ourselves at times however the call to the bush and dirt is the strongest desire we have. You never know though. Sherman does know where safety is so if he is in trouble, I do hope he will come back to the house.
I also heard the humans shed some tears last night. I believe another beautiful soul has left mother earth. Rest in peace little one, you were safe and warm at least.
|Posted on 16 April, 2015 at 2:35||comments (0)|
Sherman has dug out of his enclosure. Why are the humans and myself worried? Because he is not up to taking on the wild world of wombats. He is not big enough and his skills are there but not quite enough to be up against the likes of Bare Bum, Tug or Veg. I really do hope he turns up. The humans are looking each night but somehow, as a wombat and knowing what it is like when you first start out in the bush on your own, I fear he has bolted (run and run initially). All I can say is good luck dear man. You have a special place in our hearts for what you have endured and we really do hope you make it out there. If not, please come back, we will always be here, D
|Posted on 24 August, 2014 at 6:55||comments (0)|
I overheard our foster mother talking. Apparently we don't have any space at the sanctuary for another wombat which has been raised as a pet. He is now 16kg and becoming a 'problem' for the people who did the wrong thing by him in the first place!! Fancy saying the wombat is the problem. Wrong! The wombat did nothing. The humans were the ones who decided to keep him in their bed, in their house, sleeping on the couch, living with the family. Did they think it would remain like that? If this was the case, all of us wombats would be living in the surburbs, not in burrows. I just don't get why people say the 'wombat has become a problem' as the wombat was never the problem. The problem was what the humans have done.
|Posted on 11 July, 2014 at 3:15||comments (0)|
Did Daphne leave her joey Boney Bum Jnr at the house so we would find him? He is sick, very sick and clearly could not follow her back to the burrow. Donna found him at the fence, wet, cold and no life whatsoever. He is warm and safe but will he make it? To be honest, Donna is not sure as if a mother wombat leaves her joey, she MUST know. Will keep you posted but a very sad day as Boney Bum needs to live on in spirit and if his offspring dies, then so does his legacy. Very sad. But here is hoping.....