A woman brings in little pink baby wombats and raises them like her children until they are old enough to return to the wild. Sylvia’s small eyes were still glued shut when she arrived. At the time, she weighed 380 grams of wombats. They’re stills growing, and their skin is ᴇxᴛʀᴇᴍᴇly delicate. They’re really tiny really undeveloped like a premature human baby Sylvia had a ɢᴜᴛ ɪɴfᴇᴄᴛion was really sɪᴄᴋ we didn’t think we’d be able to sᴀᴠᴇ her.
All the Rescuers could do was keep rehydrating her so she didn’t ᴅɪᴇ of ᴅᴇʜʏᴅʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ, and it was simply an issue of trying again and again.
“One night I actually believed she was going to ᴅɪᴇ yeah I couldn’t get fluids in her and I just thought oh this is it she’s going to lose her,” Rescuers said.
She was still alive when Rescuers arrived three hours later, and that was the day she turned around and hasn’t looked back since.
“Once I raised my first ᴡᴏᴍʙat 10 years ago, there was no going back wombats started to take up all of my waking thinking,” she added.
When this woman worked in high school, she would bring the young creatures to work with her and feed them during recess if they needed it, and then the home was full with baby wombats, depending on the stage at which they arrived, so the smallest ones arrived as orphans.
They go through the pinky stage and we get them established on formula feeding regular weight gain so then they have an inside stage it’s like having a very short fat affectionate toddler.
Who wouldn’t want to spend their entire lives with you? Many of them learn to unlock doors by removing items from the cabinet. Then they just want to go in and tear everything out, which takes a long time. Until they weigh around five or six kilos, then perhaps starting at eight kilograms. After that, move to the outdoor enclosure and observe their activity.
They may build a burrow, consume native foods, and go nocturnal, which is exactly what they should be doing, before releasing their young. Even though it’s heartbreaking when we release them, it’s extremely rewarding because we’ve put 18 months of our lives with these creatures and they are really loving and they gain a hold of your heart.
When Sylvia got over her upset tummy it was the usual weight gain of 10 to 20 grams a day every day. Silvia’s only two and a half kilos so she’s got a long long time of being an inside care ᴡᴏᴍʙat will know Sylvia’s ready for release. When she’s over 18 months and well over 18 kilos. When she’s dug her own burrow in her enclosure and maintains it. When she is fully nocturnal and we don’t see her at all until after ᴅᴀʀᴋ.
According to the Rescuers: “Wombats aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. I’ve planned it numerous times over the previous several years, but life got in the way, and now I’m completely immersed in treating mange in the wild, as well as working with a team of people on developing a monitoring system for our released wombats, so it’s just getting larger and bigger.”