I’ve been musing today……….. errrrmmmm …… Who actually uses that term these days? Musing what a wonderful word especially when you know that it means “to think about something in a deep and serious or dreamy and abstracted way” Actually after reading the meaning of the word again I think maybe there should be two different words. Deep and serious is a pole apart from dreamy and abstracted isn’t it?
Anyway, I was deeply and seriously thinking about the term ‘creatures of habit’. A lot of us don’t like things changing do we really? Not only big things, but a fair amount of small stuff too irks us if it isn’t how we expect it to be. We are humans and so it isn’t surprising, then there are our dogs, we all know they are much the same in that aspect especially when its meal or daily walk time. But what about other Aussie critters? Earlier this morning I, apparently had the audacity, to change the dish I usually serve the macropod pellets in (like guinea pig food but for kangaroos). Seriously, you would have thought I’d introduced a Tasmanian Devil into the pen judging by the reaction it caused within the kangaroo ranks.
Then, later that same morning I was walking around the Billabong Sanctuary near Townsville with an amazing young woman, totally dedicated and passionate about the animals in her care at the Billabong. She was telling me how she preferred raising young Boyd’s Forest Dragons as opposed to the ‘really emotional’ frilled lizards. Yes, even I did a bit of a double take when she said that and had to ask her what she meant. Apparently Frilled Necked Lizards throw a complete wobbler if you move anything in their pen and even sulk for a few days afterwards. Gotta say I was fairly surprised about this information, who’d ever think that, not me that’s for sure. I’m so busy trying to convince people that Kangaroos have species traits as well as individual personalities it didn’t occur to me that reptiles would be the same.
Apart from musing around the place I’ve also been involved with some fairly critical creature care. A little Wallaroo called Yanaba that I’ve had since she was furless was bitten by a Brown Snake. Now, I can’t truthfully use the phrase ‘she was lucky’ here because if she was a rational being she might not agree, but the snake bit her on a bony part of her ankle. She’s only a mere 3kg and its venom rather than killing her paralysed her from the waist down. In the last five weeks we have slowly progressed from her only able to lie uselessly on the floor with just movement in her upper body, to her managing multiple shuffles toward me with encouragement. When left alone she is a bright happy little soul and continues to progress in her movements and take more steps each and every day. A full recovery is expected, but my goodness her temper control diminishes as I subject her to light physiotherapy. In fact I might go as far as to say, any Brown Snake she ever meets in the future better watch out!
In fact I think the Frilled Lizard may even find her to be a challenge.
Samantha "I'm a person who feels I live in paradise and truly love Australia after immigrating here in 2003. I work as a foreign exchange trader, live with my true soul mate, husband Albert. I have a passion for Aussie wildlife and became a registered wildlife carer in 2005 and can say I feel truly privileged to be able to raise and rehabilitate orphan wallaby/kangaroo joeys. I love these creatures with my heart and soul. My dream is to be able to help struggling volunteer wildlife carers, financially, so that they can do what they do best without worrying how to pay the next vet bill"