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Rescued Joeys Keep Warm in Winter

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Week 2, Term Three, 2018

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In the final weeks of Term Two, our Pre-Prep students put their hearts and talents into decorating soft, handmade fabric pouches for orphaned joeys. These were donated to wildlife carers attending the Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference in July, as a special thank you for looking after our precious native animals.

Volunteers from wildlife rescue organisations all over Australia work tirelessly to care for sick, injured and orphaned animals, 24 hours per day, every day of the year. The most common reasons for rescue include habitat destruction, road traumas, attacks from domestic pets and foxes, poisoning from pest baiting and entanglement in barbed wire fencing.

Rescued animals are brought to their local wildlife hospital or RSPCA to get the medical attention they need. After assessment and treatment, they are discharged into the home of a wildlife carer. Rehabilitation of wildlife can include four hourly feeds around the clock, daily leaf collection, vigilant cleaning and lots of love.

Very young orphaned marsupials are kept warm and safe in fabric pouches until they are old enough to live independently. A wallaby joey may need up to 80 progressively larger pouches during its time in care, so there’s always a demand for more.

The MYP Sustainable Spartans group is dedicated to raising awareness about threats to wildlife and providing opportunities for members of the school community to become active in conservation. If you would like to find out more about making pouches for rescued joeys, please contact Ruby Jay at 29770@somerset.qld.edu.au.

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