At work on Friday I was provided with a fantastic opportunity to witness a very extraordinary and spectactular event, which was called cross fostering, involving Rock Wallabys.
In the wild there are around 40 Brush Tailed Rock Wallabys left, and so this operation will hopefully help to revive the population numbers.
This is done through cross fostering, and I will attempt to outline a summary of what this means. Once the Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby has a joey in it’s pouch, the vet extracts it to place in the care of it’s new foster mum, a Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby (notice that they are both breeds of Rock Wallaby so hopefully will result in a successful operation). In order to do this the Yellow Footed must also have a young joey present (same size , weight etc as the Brush Tailed joey) so that milk is being generated for the new joey. Under anaesthetic, the joeys are then exchanged so that the Yellow Footed will now just take care of the Brush Tailed joey. Now the Brush Tailed mother has an empty pouch and still in motherhood mode, she will be placed back into the reserve in order to conceive again, so that more Brush Taileds can be generated – fantastic!
Not so fantastic, and I found very sad, is the fact that the Yellow Footed joey had to be euthanised. Unfortunately I could not Edd Cross Foster this one!
I felt very privileged to see such a momentus occassion for the Brush Tails, and it was incredible to see the young joey(s), which just fit inside the vet’s hands – they were so helpless and dependant and very cute.
Here is the Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby on the operating table.
Here the very small Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby joey is being placed into the pouch of the Yellow Footed foster mother, and with tweezers the vet is guiding the mother’s teat towards the joey.
Wherever I am I always try and think of how the situation could be translated into a cartoon sketch, and on this particular occassion I was at a tango social dance, and then it came to me to see how fish would take to dancing…
Here is another UK/Australia comparison – this time of spiders. I have drawn a little friendly one, and one big mean angry one. Can you guess which one represents spiders from UK and which one represents spiders from Australia?
I found it very difficult and bothersome to modify it once I had transferred it, that it took my whole day off to do! Does anybody else find it difficult to modify once they have transferred their blogger over to their domain? But hopefully it will be all be woth it in the long run!
Next thing is to complete my webpage…
I am now working at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve which is a fantastic nature park in Canberra. Everyday I get to see kangaroos and emus. One day I saw a long necked turtle in one of the small lakes and I just had to make it of the Teenage Mutant Ninja variety!
Missing my pet fish back at home inspired me to sketch this chap, my favourite kind of fish, angelfish!
With all the amazing wildlife there is here, I have taken full opportunity of our local library to find all the information about them that I can. This has been a huge help in developing my Possum cartoon (and helping with my website developments…).
I take a lot of enjoyment and inspiration from reading the Batman Black and White Series. I am currently getting stuck into Volume 3, and as always when reading Batman I like to draw him too: