At Sleepy Burrows we get orphaned wombats of all ages. This is called a wombat pinkie, the term given to a pouched, unfurred wombat joey.
This is a pinkie joey just starting to get a coat of fur and still a full time pouched wombat joey. We call it the 'velvet' stage.
The marking on Panzer's head is from her mother's body fluids when she was hit. We do not clean this off as it stresses a pinkie. A pinkie never has any contact with the outside world when it is very small so any handling of them is an intrusion and of course stressful. So if it is not harming the pinkie, it is left.
Lincoln arrived at Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary just over 500g. Here he is 712g and as you can see has no fur as yet. It is important to always have a pinkie in its pouch. Removing it from the pouch for anything other than moving it to a clean one will cause stress.
A young joey wombat sleeping in her mother's pouch. You can just see her nose, mouth and closed eye. The mother's tend to sleep on their backs predominantly when they have joey's in the pouch but of course, this is not always the case. The other favoured sleeping position of the mother wombat is on their sides.
This is Barron on the day both of his eyes opened at once. He was 540g when they opened. He came in at 450g.
Helping orphaned wombats can be heart breaking. Sometimes they do not make it for one reason or another. Of course working with animals you open yourself up to this heartbreak. It never gets any easier losing a wombat.
This is Willow who sadly never made it back to the bush. They are never forgotten and are buried at Sleepy Burrows Wombat Sanctuary under a tree.