Wildlife in Care

At HideAway Haven we rescue, rehabilitate and release our precious wildlife.  Follow the story of our kids in care.


Mummy came to visit me again this week.  She was so thrilled to see me and said she could see my ' happy eyes' again.  I am feeling so much better now and don't get tired so quickly.  I came out of my enclosure and had Mummy all to myself.  She fed me my woolly bush and bread.  We had cuddles, ear tickles. kisses and head rubs. Mummy even gave me my bottle (Auntie Pauline snuck in an extra one so Mummy could give it to me)  It was almost like old times.  But then she had leave again, so v e r y reluctantly I went back into my enclosure (I am a good girl) with all my new sisters.  Rocket (my new brother) and I get along really well, I think he will look after me when it is time for me to be a wild child again. The vet came to see me this week and is really thrilled with my progress and was really interested in what Auntie Pauline was doing to help my recovery.

                           By Dr Howard Ralph and Dr Rosemary Austen

The outcome of being subjected to a precipitating stressor is variable but the prognosis is often poor and the patient may die very soon after exposure or show progressive signs for several months and eventually die. Treatment is available and if applied early may be effective to reverse the disease process. Early detection, suspicion of the possibility of stress myopathy, or provisional diagnosis thereof, enable prophylaxis and/or prompt treatment, leading to a better prognosis. The insidious and relentless progression of the condition means that aggressive and persistent treatment are essential. Unfortunately there is still a significant mortality and morbidity associated with stress myopathy. Kangaroos are particularly susceptible to this condition, and our experience suggests that it more common than previously thought. There seems to be an individual variation in the degree of susceptibility. 

Thank you Auntie Pauline for your quick diagnosis when Mummy called you, so I could be given the right treatment straight away.


Mummy and Joslyn came to visit me.  My new role at Dreamers Dream is to be a Mummy to the babies.  Holly takes it a little too far though by wanting to get into my pouch.  Foster and Rocket are fun to be around.  I just love watching them play.  The other day it was raining and the ground was muddy, what fun.  I got out of my enclosure and raced around throwing mud up at Auntie Pauline then Rocket joined me and we had fun playing with the white washing on the washing line.  It wasn't white anymore when we were finished playing.

Because only the little ones were in the enclosure when Mummy was here I cuddled up on her lap for big cuddles while she fed me Woolly Bush and Blackberries.  It reminded me of home.  I am still very lethargic and not real keen on long runs, because I get tired.  But I am not in any pain and am alive and now I have a role to play in the lives of other joey's who have lost their Mummy.  I know Mummy really misses me and I love it when she comes to visit.


Mummy and Joslyn came to visit me yesterday.  It was so good to see them and not just for the bucket full of tasty treats they brought me.  Blackberries, blackberry leaves, bamboo leaves, Albany Wooly Bush, apples and lots more, which all the kids in care shared with me.   I am getting stronger every day, thanks to Aunty Pauline and Uncle Kev's care. I am getting medication, oil and lots of massages.  The massages feel so good I usually fall asleep.  Before Mummy came I had been on a big run.  My first one in 4 weeks.  I raced around the house and paddock.  Aunty Pauline was watching me really careful to see if I slipped of fell over but I didn't.  It felt so good to race and stretch out my legs.  When I got back into my enclosure, the gate that separates the two was opened and I could see all the other kangaroos just laying around.  I wandered over and joined them in the shade.  There was Lily, Straya, Kaydee and Kaycee.  One of them has a baby who has its head popping out the pouch.  It was fun just hanging with the other kids.  I was really exhausted when Mummy came to say Hi and couldn't really get up, but she was so happy to see me.  We had hugs and cuddles, Mummy sat in the dirt with me and it was nice to be together.  Like old times.  Mummy did want to pick me up and put me on her lap, but I didn't like that.  "not in front of all my new friends please Mummy" .  Mummy was a bit sad because my sister Josie has gone missing.  She didn't want to come in on Thursday night and left without saying good bye.  Mummy is not sure if she has found a kangaroo mob to live with or if she has managed to get herself lost.  I missed seeing her this afternoon.  I hope she comes home soon to reassure Mummy she is OK.  

I will continue to live at Dreamers Dream for now.  It is the best place for me to ensure I get the proper care.  I need room to run but I also need the safety of fences so I don't get out and get hurt again.  Aunty Pauline and Uncle Kev love me and take good care of me and its fun having lots of new sisters and a couple of brothers to spend time with.  

Thank you Aunty Pauline and Uncle Kev for giving me a safe place to get better and looking after me with loads of love and care.