Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary

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Wombat blog

Wombat blog from Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary

Dawn was an old wombat at Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary. She did start a blog, and in her memory, I am going to continue this blog for all wombats, big and small. 

Some won't like what is blogged, too bad. This is a running daily blog of what wombats are enduring Australia wide, in particular in New South Wales and the workload of Phil and myself. I think it is about time to show/tell the public what is really going on and you can judge for yourselves.

If I posted truthfully on Facebook or Instagram daily, not many would follow. So in creating this blog, you can either read about true life of working with wombats at the sanctuary or chose not to. 

We will blog facts of what occurs, who we deal with and I have no doubt you will find it very interesting. 

Bearing in mind, what is written is over and above the 16-20 hour days worked, 10 plus loads of wombat washing, being a mother to our two children, housework, Phil doing maintenance and building at the sanctuary, 70-100 wombat bottles daily and more. 

Regards Donna





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15 June 2018

Posted on 20 June, 2018 at 3:40

Request to relocate wombat after people have allowed it to live under their house for the last 12 months - you cannot do this as the wombat has now established itself and its territory. The longer situations like this are left, the worse the digging/relocation/whole scenario is and we will not endanger a wombat to relocate - not everybody understands this. 

New 1.5kg male orphan wombat called in and collected. 

14 June 2018

Posted on 20 June, 2018 at 3:35

2 Manged wombats reported in. Contacted relevant 'groups' in the area - again, no response or assistance. 

12 June 2018

Posted on 12 June, 2018 at 1:05

1 Manged wombat reported in. 

Manged wombat in Victoria, still no help, 4 days on. First we are told by the 'group' that there are no facilities to take the manged wombats into care. Today we are told that 'it is illegal' to take a wombat into care. What a mess and who is suffering? The wombats.

Man the wool is being pulled over people's eyes by these so called 'wildlife groups' lying about what they advocate they are doing on social media to the actual truth. If only the public knew.......if only the public knew the suffering they were in fact causing and ignoring. People should ask more blatant questions of these 'charities' and ask pointed questions as to where their donations are in fact going. Not that they would be told the truth but there would be holes, big holes. 

11th May 2018

Posted on 11 June, 2018 at 7:10

5 Manged wombats reported in. 

Still waiting for a response from the VIC group, now over 48hrs for severe manged wombat that needs help. 

Yolandi 5am drive:

1. Adult male wombat - head injury and broken back. No mange

2. Adult male wombat - broken backfoot, head injury and shattered back. Weird incision like gash in his side with a small hole in the middle. Could not determine whether it's a bullet wound. No mange

3. Adult female wombat - still warm, head injury. Elongated teat (pouch size indicated perhaps a joey at foot). Unable to find joey. Did find their footpath  and went back 5 days later. No sign of joey

10th June 2018

Posted on 10 June, 2018 at 4:05

2 Manged wombats reported in. 3rd Manged wombat reported in which we cannot get to and in an area where no help for it. Contacted relevant 'groups' but nobody will treat it (no point anyhow), nobody will take it into care (no facilities) and nobody will put it down as they have a 'no euthenaisia policy'. Really????? So this is in the best interest of the wombat, to now let it rot and die over the next few weeks???? Great work Victoria, outstanding. 

9th June 2018

Posted on 9 June, 2018 at 4:30

2 Manged wombats reported in.

Yolandi's 5am drive:

1. Only 1 live wombat sighted today – advanced mange. We followed him/her for a while and it breaks me to see how slowly he (or she) walks. They would normally bolt but this one just barely trotted. There is no way this could be treated. Moved onto a farm, it’s dark, I don’t know where the burrows or how many there are. This animal is going to die a horrible slow death over the next couple of months unless someone could shoot it

2. Male – back leg broken, back broken. No mange. Injury on right back foot. Internal injuries, facial injury

3. Male – back leg broken, back broken. Signs of hairloss on side and back of legs – beginning of mange. Severe facial injury (jaw broken in several places)

4.  Male – broken right front leg; head injury and bleeding out of his ear; both ears cut off; back not just broken but pulverised with a lot of swelling meaning he was alive for a considerable time after impact

5. Female – head injury and shattered back. Lots of bitemarks on rump

6. Female – head injury and shattered back. (no this is not a duplicate entry..I don’t know what was going on today but they aren’t just killed, they are pulverised by vehicles.), also looks like her shoulder was broken above the leg

7. Male – broken front leg, head injury, bullet wound in his back (not a small calibre either)

8 June 2018

Posted on 8 June, 2018 at 4:30

3-5 Manged wombats (sighted) reported in, concerned property owner of condition of 'most' wombats at the creek. 

7 June 2018

Posted on 8 June, 2018 at 4:30

Adult female wombat, attacked with severe infection in back brought to the sanctuary. 

New arrival 850g male orphan joey - for some reason most orphans are males right now. We had this pattern 5 years ago during a very dry period of no rain. It appears to be happening again. Possibly natures way of preventing breeding by a reduced number of females??? Not sure. 

1 Manged wombat reported in. 

5 June 2018

Posted on 8 June, 2018 at 4:25

2 Manged wombats reported in. 

2 June 2018

Posted on 8 June, 2018 at 4:25

2 Manged wombats reported in. 

Yolandi's 4am drive found 5 dead wombats:

1. Adult male wombat: no mange, 3 broken legs and a broken back

2. Adult male wombat: no mange, broken back

3. Adult female wombat: no mange, no joey, serious head injuries, 1 leg broken, lower back broken

4. Adult female wombat: no mange, no joey

5. Adult male wombat: no mange, 1 leg broken, back broken, round puncture wound in side