Gympie their ‘hoppy’ place

The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE - Philippe.Co­[email protected]­ PHILIPPE CO­QUERAND

SEVEN red kan­ga­roo joeys have been given a sec­ond chance at life thanks to the help of Glas­ton­bury wildlife car­ers Paula and David Row­lands.

Paula Row­lands and Clive San­di­son (owner of Roundabout Tours) spent yes­ter­day de­liv­er­ing the red kan­ga­roo joeys by bus to their nat­u­ral habi­tat at St Ge­orge.

It’s be­lieved the joeys were in­jured when their moth­ers were killed on the roads.

Kathy San­di­son, Clive’s wife said they of­fered their help be­cause they be­lieve sav­ing wildlife is im­por­tant.

“We were asked if we could do a trip to St Ge­orge to de­liver a few kan­ga­roos and we said ‘Yes’,” Mrs San­di­son said.

“We like to help peo­ple and it was a job that had to be done so we thought ‘Why not?’.

“We love all an­i­mals and we think it’s im­por­tant that ev­ery­one looks af­ter them.”

The St Ge­orge trip started early in the morn­ing and was ex­pected to fin­ish late last night.

“The big­gest joey was 1m long,” she said.

Mr Row­lands was at his Glas­ton­bury home yes­ter­day morn­ing while Mrs Row­lands was in St Ge­orge with the red joeys.

He said they were go­ing to re­lease out at Sap­phire but be­cause of the ex­treme drought, de­cided St Ge­orge would be a bet­ter place for them.

“These kan­ga­roos were long over­due to be re­leased, but you can’t re­lease them here be­cause they can get fun­gal in­fec­tions and it’s not the cor­rect con­di­tions for them,” Mr Row­lands said.

“I’d like to thank Clive San­di­son who do­nated a great deal of his time to drive the kan­ga­roos out there be­cause we couldn’t find a de­cent hire ve­hi­cle at this time of year.”

Mr Row­lands said they re­ceived the red kan­ga­roo joeys from across the re­gion.

“We’re quite well known, we get them from all over the place,” he said.

“Peo­ple go hunt­ing and after­wards they get a guilty con­science, they find a baby and they’ll bring them here.”

The red kan­ga­roo is be­lieved to live to 23 years of age and is fully ma­ture by two years old.

A red kan­ga­roo can weigh 90kg and can grow 2m tall.

Mrs and Mr Row­lands are still look­ing af­ter one more in­jured red joey.

Photo: Troy Jegers

FEED­ING TIME: Back­packer Lara Kaspers feeds a young red kan­ga­roo at Paula and David Row­land’s Glas­ton­bury wildlife sanc­tu­ary.

Pho­tos: Troy Jegers

UP CLOSE AND PER­SONAL: A big red at Glas­ton­bury and (right) David Row­lands with a wal­laby.

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