Bindi the wombat
A caring family who noticed her mother had been hit and killed by a car found Bindi. They stopped to check the mothers pouch.
Wombat’s pouches open backwards and the young can be very hard to remove. They went home and got a pair of scissors and the teenage daughter cut Bindi out wrapped and her up in a warm jumper.
When I received her I warmed her up and gave her some rehydration fluid.
So started the long process of raising her.
She only weighed 500 grams when she first came into care and needed to be fed every four hours on a low lactose formula. A special heat pad was used to keep her at a constant temperature of 30 degrees.
Because she had no fur she had to be oiled each day to stop her from dehydrating.
The stress of orphaning often causes problems and even kills some animals. She required a visit to the vet when she got colitis.
Nearly a year later Bindi weighs 12 kilo and is still a work in progress. She still has one bottle a day and eats a bucket full of grass per day.
She is outside now in a specially built wombat compound that has roofing iron dug into the ground and mesh buried a metre down to prevent her digging out.
She wont be ready for release until she is fully weaned and at least 16 kilo.
She is a lucky little wombat as she has a big dry shed full of hay to sleep in when it is wet and cold plus a burrow, which was dug by a former resident.
Wombats are a long-term project and a lot of work in order to prepare them for life in the wild. — Lesley Kurek