Injured Critters: Trog and other Animals

It was lucky that the bull forced me to walk the neighbourhood  because on a couple of occasions Mungo found a couple of injured animals which were in need of help.

from wikipedia

from wikipedia

The first was a sugar glider. These are small squirrel like Australian marsupials which have thick grey fur and a black stripe running down their bodies. They are small, measuring around 40 centimetres from the tip of their nose to the end of their tail. Although they are omnivorous, they prefer to eat nectar, the reason for their name. Between the toe closest to their body and the finger in a similar position a membranous fibre runs. When they extend their limbs this opens out into a type of wing allowing the animal to glide long distances. I believe that they can easily glide the length of a football oval.

It was whilst it was gliding that, the one we came across, had run into trouble. It had landed in a barbed wire fence and the more it struggled the more tangled it had become. With the aid of wire cutters we managed to free it but the poor little thing had puncture wounds over both its body and its gliding apparatus.

There was nothing we could do but ring the local animal rescue service and transport it seventy-five kilometers to the nearest town that had a sugar glider expert.

The next animal was just a couple of days later. A wallaby had been hit by a car and killed with a joey in her pouch. I hated the wildlife carnage on our roads and being obligated to check the pouch for babies if you came across a killed kangaroo it could become a gruelling task if a joey was found. If it was sucking on the nipple it meant that you had to  cut the nipple from the dead mother with the baby attached and wait until the joey released itself. If you pulled them off the nipple they were in danger of mouth deformities which would prevent them from eating at a later date. Luckily on this occasion the joey was quite big and not attached to the nipple.



We made up a pillowcase with an old fleecy shirt and put the baby in head first and started the procedure to take him to the animal rescue people. This time they met us out on the highway so we only had a thirty kilometer drive to get to them.

My neighbourhood walks didn’t last too long. The road was boring compared to my paddocks which I missed so, I returned and braved the bull.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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5 Responses to Injured Critters: Trog and other Animals

  1. Wow! I can’t imagine trying to get a joey out of it’s dead mother’s pouch. but so glad you were able to rescue it, and the little marsupial (which is so cute!!!!!) so much adventure just walking around. 🙂


  2. what a sweet story! perfect for Christmas 🙂


  3. sue marquis bishop says:

    I learned so much about animals we don’t see here. I try to learn something new each day and your post was it today. Lucky animals that you understood what to do. Sue


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