The Courier-Mail

POUCH POTA­TOES ARE DO­ING JUST FINE

- SHILOH PAYNE

THESE four red-necked wal­la­bies spend most of their days hang­ing out, but they didn’t al­ways have it so easy.

Or­phans Ru­bin, Rosie, Remy and Ruby came into Queens­land Koala So­ci­ety founder An­gela Christodou­lou’s care af­ter their moth­ers died in car crashes. Ms Christodou­lou said the lit­tle wal­la­bies – aged be­tween seven and eight months – would stay with her un­til they were about 10 months old be­fore they would move to an­other fa­cil­ity, but un­til then the mar­su­pi­als were a full­time job.

“They’re still on bot­tle feeds about four times a day and they’re be­ing in­tro­duced to grasses and grains and things like that,” she said.

“They spend most of their time in the pouch and they have a lot of out­side time, graz­ing and eat­ing dirt and so­cial­is­ing with each other.”

The Chan­dler wildlife carer said: “They’re recog­nis­able, they have got iden­ti­fy­ing marks on them. There’s two re­ally sweet ones and then there’s a re­ally ac­tive lit­tle wal­laby.”

Ms Christodou­lou has cared for eastern grey kan­ga­roos, koalas, sugar glid­ers and squir­rel glid­ers. “We bought a prop­erty in July to fo­cus on re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing more an­i­mals and hav­ing larger grounds for them.”

 ??  ?? Res­cued joeys Ru­bin, Rosie, Remy and Ruby hang­ing out to­gether at their tem­po­rary Chan­dler home. Pic­ture: Liam Kid­ston
Res­cued joeys Ru­bin, Rosie, Remy and Ruby hang­ing out to­gether at their tem­po­rary Chan­dler home. Pic­ture: Liam Kid­ston

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