Quinton’s a happy hopper
QUINTON, the two-year-old tree kangaroo, is finally back where he belongs – in his brand new enclosure at the Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas, and is ready to receive visitors.
It’s been a bit of a time for poor young Quinton (the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo normally lives to more than 20 years old).
A deadly disease often found in tropical soils wiped out all of his relatives including his parents and for a time Quinton too was battling the odds.
His handler Lauren Collins (pictured), the wildlife manager Clare Anderson and the veterinary team managed to save his life. Twice daily injections and relocation to new quarters eventually did the trick.
‘‘He’s a fighter,’’ said Clare. ‘‘He sure is,’’ said Lauren, as they watched the feisty kangaroo getting to know his new enclosure this week.
When the Gazette visited, Quinton made a point of refusing to pose in an acceptable spot. Efforts to locate him in a more photo friendly spot were wasted as he cleverly outfoxed his handlers time and again. ‘‘He thinks it’s a game,’’ Lauren said. But eventually he decided to play along and his own curiosity got the better of him as he stared at the camera.
Quinton was born at Wildlife Habitat in early 2012. ‘‘He still has a bit of growing to do before he reaches maturity, but he is well on the way and has already been demonstrating some of his masculine behaviours in his new enclosure,’’ Clare said.
‘‘Male Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo joeys can spend up to three years alongside their mother, so we’ve had to care for him since he was about 18 months old,’’ Clare said.
Seeing a Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo in the wild can be difficult. They’re quite rare and have a way of hanging around in dense foliage. You can look right at one and not see it. ‘‘Often all you can spot is the tail,’’ said Clare.
‘‘We have guests from all over the world that come to see these magnificent animals, so we’re very pleased to have them back on display again,’’ Clare said.