Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Lots of love, care to give

- By CHELSEA PHIPPS

It’s a home full of love and nurture at Rose Cottage Wildlife Rescue in Deniliquin.

It is here that the only registered and trained macropod WIRES volunteer in town, Roxie Phillips, provides care to rescued kangaroos and other animals.

Her wildlife journey snowballed from the first joey she ever rescued. Harriet, and the interactio­n and friendship she forged with the joey, sparked her passion for the quintessen­tially Australian animal.

‘‘It was minus five degrees, and I saw a little thing hop into the water,’’ Ms Phillips said

‘‘Next thing I know, I’m hip deep in this pond rescuing this tiny joey. And I fished it out. The mob wouldn’t come and claim her, and if I’d left her there she would have died of hypothermi­a. She was either going to drown or freeze to death, so I took her home.

‘‘I used to have a shop in town called Hello Foxie, so she used to come with me — I always had a dog and a kangaroo in the shop. She was the beginning of my love affair with kangaroos.

‘‘Harriet saved me — she came into my life, she gave me a reason to get up and do what I do, and take care of her.’’

 ??  ?? ■ Kangaroo carer Roxie Phillips is all smiles while feeding two hungry kangaroos.
■ Kangaroo carer Roxie Phillips is all smiles while feeding two hungry kangaroos.

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