I gave my Mummy's quite a scare during the last week. Last week I stayed out for 2 nights and a whole day and this week I stayed away for 3 nights and 2 days. The call of the wild was calling and I went off to do what big kangaroos do. I know Mummy understands, but she loves me and worries about me. So I came back to reassure her that I am fine. It was nice to get a few bottles again, some cuddles and hugs and a nice long undisturbed sleep. Josie was really happy to see me again as well. I know Mummy will worry tonight as I head off answering the call of the wild, but I am a wild animal and need to do what wild animals do.
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My Mummy is always reading to make sure she is doing what is best for me. It's hard because not a lot of people know about Kangaroos, our social and family life. She came across a website a few days ago with a lot of information. It is called 'The truth about Kangaroos'and was written by someone who has observed kangaroos for over 35 years.
The Australian Society for Kangaroos endeavours to represent all species of kangaroos and wallabies across Australia and internationally, and protect them from unnecessary suffering, killing, orphaning and extinction.
Mummy has been worried that I might be missing my family but on this website she read that female joeys will always stay with their matriarchal blood lines. If they are separated from that line they will become solitary. I was separated from my Mummy when she was killed and I needed to be looked after. My Mummy raised me from a little baby and even if I was put back into the bush, I would still be a solitary kangaroo. She would never put me back where I came from, because the people that own that land, cull kangaroos and I could be the next one killed. Here I have a home, people who really love me and put up with me when I have a grumpy day, I have so much space to run, jump, hop, play and hide. I am happy here until I have my own baby and will start my own mob. Now I have Josie to play with and teach her kangaroo ways.
Everyone is doing selfies - so here is mine, what do you think?
I am loving having a sister now. Her name is Josie. She is so little and I am teaching her kangaroo things. She hasn't learnt how to lay down yet. We have such long legs it is quite difficult to lay down gracefully, so we just sorta fall into position. She loves watching me just jump over the fence of her enclosure. She is still too little to venture out on her own. My Mummies and big sis Joslyn sit outside a lot now watching Josie which means I get lots of cuddles and fruit/vegie treats. Josie has been a very sick little girl but she is getting better and loves grazing in the yard.
I am not sure that I like this being a big girl on kangaroo time. Everyone sits outside now in the late afternoon, so Josie can play in the back yard. I love being there but at about 5:30 I ask to leave the backyard. Mummy opens the gate and I very reluctantly leave down the path into the bush to do my kangaroo thingy. It makes me kinda sad that I am not Mummy's baby girl anymore and that I need to be a big kangaroo. I can hear that Mummy is sad as well when she says bye Sammie Jo, take care and see you in the morning baby girl. I really love my warm bottle in the morning at 6am and then I hang around the house for the rest of the day, playing with Josie and sleeping on the floor.
It's been a while since I wrote in my diary. I am now on kangaroo hours, which means I am out all night and in during the day. So I can't sneak on the computer anymore to write in my diary. I do miss my night time cuddles, so last week when the grand finals were on I cuddled on Mummies lap for more than 2 hours and slept through the whole match. Seems like I didn't really miss anything.
My Mummies have been very clever and made me a really nice shelter for night times when I come home, it is warm and cosy, full of comfy pillows and my blankets. I like cuddling in there some nights.
Mummy weighed me yesterday and I am 14.2kg. Mummy is finding it harder to pick me up now. I now have 2 sisters, my baby sis Josie who weighs just 3kg and my big sis Joslyn who has just moved back to Albany after living in The Netherlands. Josie and I kinda get along but she can be annoying at times. I love sleeping and she keeps jumping on top of me. Joslyn is a cool sis, she gives me my bottle and loves feeding me apples and strawberries. She also sneaks me leaves from the rosebush and vegie garden. Hope Mummy doesn't catch on when she realises the rose bush is not growing anymore.
I am getting used to having Shannon around. Today I stretched out on the office floor while Mummy gave Shannon her bottle. That was until a huge Currawong flew into the house chased by Cody and scared all of us, including Mummy. She raced outside and together with Mommy and Auntie Sharryl and the mop we got the bird back out of the house. I got really scared and raced around the house, but Shannon just kept drinking her bottle. I kinda like Shannon and have given her a couple of kisses on the nose.
OK so now my Mummies have taken another baby into my home. Her name is Shannon and I am not too impressed. She hangs on my pouch frame, though not in my pouch, she does have her own, but she is hanging in the office and that is MY space. I am not going in there until she goes. It's OK if she is with us at night and I still get my cuddles. Right now I still get my bottle before Shannon and my night time cuddles before her as well. Not sure how long she will be here, but her Mummy is in hospital and my Mummies are just looking after her. She is kinda sweet though. I used to be that small once.
Last week I came home and was trailing blood all over the floor. I had a big gash in my foot. Mummy tried to keep it clean and kept me inside for a couple of days, until she thought it was all healed. This morning I couldn't hop or walk, just shuffle along the floor. The my foot got all swollen and hot. My mummy's took me to the vet and I had x-rays and it showed a bad infection. I have anitbiotics that have to be injected into me. Mummy was not going to do it, so luckily Mommy had the vet teach her how to do it. My foot is all wrapped up in a poultice and I have to stay quiet and keep it clean. Good news is though the vet said I could have an extra bottle during the day while I am healing. I now weigh 12.6kg. I was a really good girl at the vet and got a treat when I got home. I know it had rescue remedy on it :-) wonder if Mummy finished the rest of the bottle.
My Mommy's family came to visit us from America. I finally got to meet Sam whom I was named after. It has been a very busy crazy time and on a couple of days everyone was gone a really long time and I was home all by myself. But when they came home I was rewarded for being so good and understanding with lots of special treats and loads of cuddles by everyone. They left yesterday and I am so sad. I sat under the washing line, where their clothes were hanging, all day and the only thing I got happy about was my bottle. I didn't even want to come for Mummy hugs and cuddles. Mummy carried me inside into the office but I bolted right back outside again in case they had come back. Doug, Johnnie and Sam had become part of my pack and now they have gone and I miss them so much.
Thank you for coming to visit and spend time with my family,it was a very happy time. I loved all my cuddles, attention and the special treats fed to me by hand. I am really missing you all and my Mummy's are sad too.
I am so proud of my Mummies. They are finalists in the 2015 Telstra Business Awards. They are in 2 categories, which gives them two chances to win. I am too big now to go with them, so I am going to Auntie Pauline and Uncle Kev at Dreamers Dream Wildlife Rehabilitors. It will be nice to see them again (sshhhh Auntie Pauline gives me mangoes and shares her cup of tea with me) and hopefully the weather will be nice so I can play with Lilly. You can see how big I am now in this photo. It is really handy being so tall coz I can take things off the counter when Mummy isn't looking.
I am getting a little more independent, wandering a little further from home. A few times Mummy has had to coax me from the Cameron's back yard. It is so nice there, so peaceful and quiet. Lots of big trees and green grass. But Mummy is scared I will fall into the creek again. I will always find my way home again though, because my Mummies leave on all the lights and floodlights so it is bright and light. I come in at about 6:30 now for my snack and then lie in front of the fire. Then it is cuddle time and off to bed. Mummy loves her cuddle time with me at night. I am glad I don't have to sleep outside in the winter.
I had my first swim and shower today. I went for my usual run this morning and landed in a huge pool of stagnant water. We think it might have been the creek. I was soaking wet and covered in a green slimy mess from the tips of ears to the tip of my tail. I didn't want to follow Mummy home because I wanted to clean myself up, but Mummy didn't want me to swallow too much of the green stuff in case I got sick. So she picked me up and carried me for about 500 metres back home and straight into the shower. I was shaking and shivering. I had a nice warm shower and Mummy cleaned me up and herself and I was wrapped into a towel and then a blanket and put into bed to get warm and dry. I am still a little stinky though.
Yesterday I was inside and and I got spooked. My safe spot in the house is in front of the oven door because I can see myself in the reflection of the door. I raced so fast to the door and couldn't stop in time and crashed with my nose into the door. I got a blood nose and later when I sneezed I got blood all over Mummy.
I am glad I live here, I am not sure how a kangaroo Mummy could take of me and all my accidents.
I have become the new hostess at HideAway Haven, welcoming our guests when they come to the door. They LOVE it!!
I am growing fast already weighing 7 kgs. My Mummies are trying to work out how they can get me to sleep outside or in the garage, but I am not going to agree with that one. It's dark and I can't see and in the winter it will be cold. I love my basket in the office.
Mummy is still taking me for runs on the block next door and she picks blackberries for me. I love them!!
My back yard is a safe place again and the gate is always open during the day, so I can come and go as I please. It's nice to find different places to graze.
It's been a little while since my last post. I am growing up to be a big girl but still love my bottles and night time cuddles. I am spending more time alone outside of the back yard, making my own way down the hill and grazing on the block. I still get my early morning and afternoon runs along the fire break. I love racing along, jumping over bushes and even managed to jump over Mummy's shoulder. She was kinda impressed. I am getting used to guests wanting to cuddle me and as long as I am in my pouch and Mummy isn't too far away its OK. I am getting used to all the photos being taken of me. Last night I had my first taste of a zucchini. My snack Mommy cut off the end and it was yummy.
It's Valentines Day, so time for lots of love to our guests this morning. Jo and Darin checked out this morning and Mummy brought me out to say goodbye. Jo was so sweet and she gave me some of her grapes. Yummy. I got a big cuddle and of course Darin took photos. After they left Lynn and Mike were ready to leave. Lynn had rocked me to sleep yesterday but was excited to have another cuddle. She didn't have any grapes for me though. We had the usual photo in front of Heidi...boooring, I just wanted to get back to the back yard.
With 2 checkouts and a service my Mummy's were really busy. Bill next door was busy with his hedge trimmer which scared me, so Mummy thought she would just put me to bed for an hour or so. Aaahhh that was nice, I cuddled up and slept for two and half hours. Mummy was happy coz she and Mommy got everything done downstairs and then woke me for my bottle.
I usually get to spend an hour in the office in the afternoon and then Mummy puts me back into the yard. Yesterday I decided I didn't want to. I fought Mummy to stay inside. I got on my hind legs and jumped and kicked. But Mummy won and I ended up in the back yard after all.
One of my favourite things is running or should I say crashing through the bush. But today I hurt my foot. It is swollen and I am limping a little bit. So I am getting lots of cuddles from Mummy and Mommy and lots of extra treats. I love banana chips and gluten free bread, that was my snack tonight. I was glad to get to bed and rest my sore foot.