This is my third attempt over a period of four weeks that I’ve tried to write something to go on this page. The first attempt was so boring I fell asleep as I was proof reading it (and spilt my wine all over me). The second alternated between being too sad, unreasonably angry and far too overemotional to be posted. Reading back the draft, not posting that one was a good decision as I really don’t want to invite the blokes in the white coats to collect me, well not just yet anyhow. So now here I am, I’m going to attempt to be even tempered, friendly and seemingly well balanced for this particular blog post (the well balanced might be a bit of a stretch though)
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.
Anyway, moving on…
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.
Morgan is the smallest of all and absolutely detests being kissed between the ears and hates being picked up out of his bag and placed on the floor for exercise time. He comes out like a leggy Joe Bugner (who? ... never mind).
Matisse is the furriest red I've ever seen, but oh my, he is absolutely beautiful, both in nature and looks. He also has no objection to being kissed between the ears, is very independent, the oldest by 20 days and will be a very big male kangaroo when he grows up.
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"