Over the past month I’ve lost two kangaroo orphans; my little snake bite victim Yanaba and my beautiful red kangaroo girl Tahdita. Tahdita died after a neighbour’s dog roamed on to my land and worried her from outside the roo pen until she broke her neck trying to get away. I arrived on the scene only minutes too late to save her from the dog harassment. Yanaba needed to be euthanized a mere five hours after that on the same morning. Sadly the little Aussie battler developed more complications as a result of the snake bite and I felt it was time to let her go. I can’t describe the heartbreak that caused me at the time and the sadness I feel now.
As a result of all this I’ve put my latest work ‘Joey’s First Sunset’ on hold whilst I work on a portrait of Tahdita (click to see preview at bottom of 'For Sale' page. Funnily enough, being able to depict her as I always envisaged during the many months she was in care…. wild and free in the Australian outback, helps just a little.
I have had a new group of orphans recently, since it’s the time of year when the grass goes brown everywhere except the sides of the road, so subsequently our Roo Mums are killed by passing vehicles.
The new bubs comprise of two red kangaroos named Matisse and Morgan and two grey kangaroos named Monet and Mozart. Three of them have only just learnt how to walk and hop and have seriously caused a lot of laughter around the place. Kangaroo stacks have been a regular occurrence as have chin slides, somersaulting off steps and falling into water bowls. There is also a lot of finger, bag and ear sucking going on between bottle feeds. All are distinctly different, Mozart has the most beautiful hands, is very pretty for a boy and extremely quite. Monet on the other hand, misses out rather a lot in the ‘looks’ department but is outgoing and adventurous. So much so, he can click his heels when he does a bit of a run. Although he does often forget to put his feet back down in his glee, ending up in the aforementioned chin slide but it’s no mean feet (sorry about that) when one has only just learnt how to stand up on ski like feet.