Joey car­ers in de­mand

Pilbara News - - PILBARA NEWS - Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara Wildlife Car­ers is des­per­ate for more joey car­ers, but has warned look­ing af­ter the cute crit­ters is not as glam­orous as it may seem.

The re­sources down­turn has led to most of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s joey car­ers leav­ing town, and with many res­i­dents in rental or com­pany hous­ing, it can be tough to find suit­able can­di­dates for the job.

PWC pres­i­dent Rose Best said peo­ple had to have the best in­ter­ests of the an­i­mal in mind first and fore­most.

“Peo­ple see joeys as cute and cud­dly, how­ever they are wild na­tive fauna and not do­mes­tic an­i­mals and need to be treated ac­cord­ingly,” she said.

“They have a spe­cific diet and like all young, grow­ing mam­mals, need the cor­rect food in or­der to grow.

“They are raised in pairs, of the same species and same size, so that they are re­leased to­gether hav­ing bonded to an­other kan­ga­roo.

“All in all it takes about nine months, so hol­i­days like Christ­mas and Easter need to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, also your work sta­tus.”

Mrs Best said joeys needed to be fed three to four times a day to start with, de­pend­ing on how ma­ture they were.

Nec­es­sary re­quire­ments for car­ing for a joey in­clude writ­ten per­mis­sion from land­lords if you live in a rental prop­erty, no chil­dren un­der the age of eight be­cause of noise, no large dogs, and a quiet en­vi­ron­ment. Yard space and gar­dens also need to be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion, as kan­ga­roos are able to ruin well-kept gar­dens.

For more in­for­ma­tion, email rose@pwca.org.au or phone 0438 924 842.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

PWC needs peo­ple to care for joeys.

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