4th August 2018 – my thoughts….

So at what point does animal cruelty be an issue? How bad does a species have to suffer, at the hands of wildlife groups, government, individuals??? I am not sure I understand. There is a certain protocol that needs to be followed with regards to animals. There are certain ‘authorities’ who are accountable for action.

So when these so called ‘authorities’ don’t act – and the wombats continue to suffer – that is animal cruelty. When wildlife groups do not act in the best interest of wombats, that is animal cruelty. To allow prolonged suffering for politics, that is animal cruelty.

At what point does it become about the animals again????? I have been watching certain groups and departments for the last 6 years, documenting incidents, behaviour, outcomes, etc and it makes for some very interesting reading. If the public were completely aware of what is NOT being done, I know they would be disgusted/shocked/disappointed (as I have been while documenting this all).

I always ask the same question. No matter what state (ie NSW or ACT), if a wombat is left, without medical treatment or kind euthenaisia, would that be allowed for a dog? You know the answer, it would be no. So a wombat with no eyes, no ears left as the mites have eaten them away – would a dog be allowed to be left like this in a state picnic area? On a residential road for months until it dies, along with the others? Of course not. Then WHY is it happening in the ACT, NSW to wombats? Why are such large areas, with such large quantities of suffering wombats allowed to just rot until they drop dead?

I don’t think the majority of people understand just what goes on to these anmials. I don’t think the public is fully aware of what groups and deparments are not doing and getting away with. I think people would find it all very interesting.

3rd August 2018

Well well, would you look at this. Same as last year. Wildlife group and management at Bendeela clearly have done no major work for the wombats at the campsite as yes, you can go and mingle with wombat’s in various stages of mange – yet again, nothing has changed it seems –  stick around and watch them die as this happens to at this particular place. Sad to see nothing was implemented between management and the wildlife group last year after pushing and writing about the condition of the wombats. Pathetic. Make sure you check who you donate to and that they in fact DO the work they advocate they do for the wildlife people. 

1st August 2018

2 Injured adult wombats reported in who need to be caught – about 3 hours apart in driving. 

2 Relocation requests for people living in wombat areas to have wombats removed – answer is no. Don’t live in the bush if you don’t like the wildlife. 

2 Manged wombats reported in. 

19-31st July 2018

It is sad when you don’t even have time to make a blog entry huh?

19 July – 2am call to fetch new orphan 600g wombat pinkie found on road without mother, manged wombat reported in as severe.

20 July – 870g new orphan wombat pinkie called in and collected. 

21 July – 11kg female caught by member of the public and caged overnight – therefore mutilated her face trying to get out. Wombat now at sanctuary. 

23 July – 5 Manged wombats reported in. 

24 July – New 2kg wombat joey called in and brought to sanctuary. 

25 July – several manged wombats reported in from one area in ACT

28 July – more manged wombats reported in in ACT and 2 more reported in in NSW

30 July – 2 x 4.5kg wombats removed from so called wildlife carer. May I remind people yet again that getting a piece of paper after 6 hours and allowing you to take these animals in to care does NOT make you good with them. And it does NOT give you the right to treat them as you wish with complete stupidity and ignorance, at the expense of the animals. It is wrong and cruel. Yet because you CAN sit and 6 hours later have a so called wildlife licence, people are able to. System is so wrong. 
New arrival 4kg wombat brought to the sanctuary after mother killed early evening. 4 Manged wombats reported in. 

18th July 2018

9kg Orphaned female found on the road with broken back leg. She was collected and is now at the sanctuary. 

5 Manged wombats reported in. 
This is such an epidemic in wombats now, it really does frustrate me that in the last decade, this has just been left by the government to fester into this magnitude for wombats. Why? It is a unique iconic Australian animal which is advertised for tourism by the same people. Happy to make money from wombats but not happy to save a species – odd. 

1 call to relocate wombat from under house. 

17th July 2018

6 Manged wombats reported in before 11am. 

15th and 16th July 2018

Several manged wombats reported in at one property.

Another manged wombat reported in near sanctuary. 

1 Wombat relocation request for wombat who has suddenly appeared at somebody’s house – there is ALWAYS a reason a wombat does this. It is either sick, has been attacked or is a juvenile trying to find its feet. Wombats would not prefer to live with humans, it is about their self preservation that they do this. Need to go and educate this person and then assess wombat situation. 

2 Wombat joeys dead from the cold, pouches not checked. That takes the total for the week to over 10 wombat joeys who have been found dead from exposure. 

ANOTHER very ill wombat reported to the same rangers and wildlife group in previous two posts with nothing done for over a week for the wombat. This wombat (as we have photos) is in dire need to help. What is going on? Funny how this same wildlife group will go to the newspapers with the wombat joeys they are raising – and as a member of the public I am asking ‘why are you not helping the adult wombats being called in?’. You show the public cute and cuddly yet you ignore the adults? Not right. More to come on this as this is now ridiculous. 

14th July 2018

2 Manged wombats reported in. 

1.9kg orphaned female wombat called in to the sanctuary to collect. 

Yet ANOTHER person called, in fact with a wombat who had apparently been in the situation it was in for a week. Reported to relevant wildlife group and rangers, no action taken. Guess which state? Not hard, refer to previous post. 

Wombat was left. Wildlife group informed person that as they did not know if the wombat was sick or not, nothing would be done and nobody would come to see it?????? Really? And the wildlife group knew exactly which wombat was being referred to as it had been called in days before. 

We got called. Wombat in fact had severe and I mean severe pneumonia and mange. It was in a pipe, in a busy area, full of traffic (so it would have caused an accident for somebody), where people were passing all the time. NO WOMBAT WOULD REMAIN IN THIS SITUATION IF SOMETHING WAS NOT SEVERELY WRONG. 

This is where I get the shits big time. Wildlife groups will take your money, ask you for donations but you do NOT know what they in fact do or do not do. And I am referring to wombats in particular here. Anybody who knows wombats would know there was something seriously wrong. As I always say, would they have left a dog in this situation? The awnser is always no, never. To have left this wombat suffering for days like this is animal cruelty, both on the rangers side and the wildlife group’s side. 

Thank you so the people who in fact helped us to help the wombat. There are good people out there. 

12th July 2018

5 Wombat joeys found dead due to exposure to the cold and as a result of not being checked. 

5.9kg orphaned female wombat caught at her dead mother after 3 days of trying. 

Contacted by members of the public in ACT yet again for no action from relevant rangers, wildlife group or authorities to help an adult wombat with mange. This is becoming far too frequent. Adult wombats left to rot in the ACT. 

8th July 2018

5 Manged wombats reported in. 

1kg orphaned male wombat cut out of the pouch after being with his dead mother for 2 days. Now at the sanctuary. 

4kg Pet male wombat handed over to the sanctuary. Lady had kept the wombat for 5 WEEKS without being able to feed it. Had it out with her dogs as well. Makes you think would she have done that to her own dog???? Not fed it for 5 weeks? I don’t need to tell you what state the wombat is in. She thought it was a female. It is in fact a male wombat, so severely dehydrated that his testicles are sunken in like a pouch would be. Besides being thing, scared and all the rest. 

 

Yolandi 5am drive: 

1. Male wombat – no broken bones. No mange

2.Young adult female – no pinkie or joey, broken front leg, broken ribs, broken back. Tip of her left ear was cut off. No mange

3. Female wombat – signs of pinkie but I couldnt find the pinkie, broken back leg, severe head injuries

4. Male wombat – no broken bones. No mange

5. Female wombat – no joey or pinkie. Broken ribs and broken back. No mange

1st and 2nd July 2018

Manged wombats reported in each day. 

Cruelty case from a wildlife carer. Don’t think a person with a wildlife carers licence always does the right thing. Some of our worst cruelty comes from ‘licenced carers’.

WHY? Because to sit in a course for 5 hours and get a piece of paper (the licence) does NOT make you a good carer or good with animals. That comes from the heart, not a piece of paper. Hence wildlife can fall into the wrong hands, and it does due to this ‘system’. 

29th July 2018

1 Manged wombat reported in. 

TO BE NOTED: For the last 5 years, 90% of the manged wombats reported in were male wombats. This year, there is a CHANGE. 90% are female wombats. This shift in the dynamics concerns me as for the species long term, you need the female wombats. I am concerned that female wombats are under increased stress and this is a clear indication. 

New arrival 2.2kg female orphaned wombat. 

 

Yolandi weekend drive:

1. Male wombat , both ears cut off. Wombat was lying on his side with right ear in the mud and water so it couldn’t be insect activity. Both ears cut at the same spot, clean line not chewed. No mange

2. Wombat found on side of the road with massive head injuries. large slit under its throat from impact. Could not determine sex as foxes already got to it. No mange

3. Male wombat – right back leg broken. Right ear cut off. Head injuries.No mange

4. Female wombat on the side of the road. Back broken. No mange

5. Male wombat . Head injuries. No mange

6. Wombat on the side of the road – not sure about sex as foxes was already there. No mange

7. Juvenile male wombat. Undernourished. Massive head trauma. No other injuries and no mange.

8. Male wombat. No broken bones. Head injury. No mange

9. Male wombat next to the highway. No broken bones. Head injury. No mange

10. Male wombat. Front leg broken. Head injury. No mange

28th June 2018

2 Manged wombats reported in.

26th June 2018

12 Manged wombats found by ourselves or reported in.

PLEASE understand one thing. Mange is mange on a wombat. Even if a wombat has 30% mange and you cannot treat it and won’t have it put down because ‘it does not look too bad yet’. Please please understand it is being eaten alive and that you are in fact then watching it die over months. Please then also understand our anger when you DO call us 4 months later because it cannot walk because it is dying – that is not fair on the wombat. To do that is cruel. 

25th June 2018

3 Manged wombats reported in. 

23rd June 2018

2 Manged wombats reported in, a few kilometres from the sanctuary which of course is not good for us. Severe cases too. 

Yolandi 5am drive:

1. Found a live kangaroo but badly injured in the middle of the road. Cars speeding past. It got scared and jumped up. Took 5 hours between me,  police and Wildcare until it could be found and euthanised

2. Male wombat dead in the middle of the road – still warm, blood just started seeping out of his nose (so I must have passed the person who killed him and didnt stop). Both back legs broken and lower back broken. No mange

3. Male wombat dead next to the side of the road – left ear cleanly cut off and testicles removed (couldnt be predator as there were no bitemarks or injury). What broke my heart with this one is that there was foam coming out of his nose meaning he was alive after injury. His whiskers were completely frosted over so he lay in the cold and froze to death. Shame on people for leaving animals injured and alive in the bitter cold to perish

22nd June 2018

1 Manged wombat reported in. 

1 Wombat relocation request. Person has contacted others and been told to shoot the wombat or gas it – charming!

20th and 21st June 2018

4 Manged wombats reported in. 

2 Kangaroos left in the road alive with broken legs put down.

2 Requests for wombat relocation assistance as people cannot get assistance from local wildlife groups. 

New 2kg orphan female wombat found with her dead mother, has been with her for 4 days. Mother cut in half on train track and train driver stopped on second trip as he saw the little joey sitting on one half of its dead mother on the side of the train track. Some good people out there. 

New 16kg female, attacked with injured back leg from Peppertree Mine (our local mine that cares) so she is now at the sanctuary for treatment and care. 

18th and 19th June 2018

2 Manged wombats reported in.

1 Kangaroo joey handed in from dead mother left in the road.

1 New 430g male orphan wombat called in and collected.

17th June 2018

Yolandi 4am drive:

Found an adult female wombat in the middle of the road at 7am. It was freezing. She had severe head injuries and was left lying on her back. She had a tiny pinkie, around 150g still in her pouch with one little arm sticking out. It was ice cold and had died hours earlier. Whoever killed this wombat and her little one did so without stopping and checking. The pinkie could have been saved. Better yet, if driven slowly mum would still be alive

 

7pm drive to Cooma:

Found an adult male wombat. 2nd worst injuries I have seen to date. His back was pulverized, all 4 legs broken, toenails all pulled out of one of his feet, jaw broken in several places. I felt sick seeing this. This trip was an eye opener in how driver’s to Canberra behave. It was rainy, dark, no lights other than cars and if you drive slower you see heaps of kangaroos next to the road. But they dont slow down and abused me for driving less than 100kmh

15th June 2018

Request to relocate wombat after people have allowed it to live under their house for the last 12 months – you cannot do this as the wombat has now established itself and its territory. The longer situations like this are left, the worse the digging/relocation/whole scenario is and we will not endanger a wombat to relocate – not everybody understands this. 

New 1.5kg male orphan wombat called in and collected. 

14th June 2018

2 Manged wombats reported in. Contacted relevant ‘groups’ in the area – again, no response or assistance. 

12th June 2018

1 Manged wombat reported in. 

Manged wombat in Victoria, still no help, 4 days on. First we are told by the ‘group’ that there are no facilities to take the manged wombats into care. Today we are told that ‘it is illegal’ to take a wombat into care. What a mess and who is suffering? The wombats.

Man the wool is being pulled over people’s eyes by these so called ‘wildlife groups’ lying about what they advocate they are doing on social media to the actual truth. If only the public knew…….if only the public knew the suffering they were in fact causing and ignoring. People should ask more blatant questions of these ‘charities’ and ask pointed questions as to where their donations are in fact going. Not that they would be told the truth but there would be holes, big holes. 

11th June 2018

5 Manged wombats reported in. 

Still waiting for a response from the VIC group, now over 48hrs for severe manged wombat that needs help. 

Yolandi 5am drive:

1. Adult male wombat – head injury and broken back. No mange

2. Adult male wombat – broken backfoot, head injury and shattered back. Weird incision like gash in his side with a small hole in the middle. Could not determine whether it’s a bullet wound. No mange

3. Adult female wombat – still warm, head injury. Elongated teat (pouch size indicated perhaps a joey at foot). Unable to find joey. Did find their footpath  and went back 5 days later. No sign of joey

10th June 2018

2 Manged wombats reported in. 3rd Manged wombat reported in which we cannot get to and in an area where no help for it. Contacted relevant ‘groups’ but nobody will treat it (no point anyhow), nobody will take it into care (no facilities) and nobody will put it down as they have a ‘no euthenaisia policy’. Really????? So this is in the best interest of the wombat, to now let it rot and die over the next few weeks???? Great work Victoria, outstanding. 

9th June 2018

2 Manged wombats reported in.

Yolandi’s 5am drive:

1. Only 1 live wombat sighted today – advanced mange. We followed him/her for a while and it breaks me to see how slowly he (or she) walks. They would normally bolt but this one just barely trotted. There is no way this could be treated. Moved onto a farm, it’s dark, I don’t know where the burrows or how many there are. This animal is going to die a horrible slow death over the next couple of months unless someone could shoot it

2. Male – back leg broken, back broken. No mange. Injury on right back foot. Internal injuries, facial injury

3. Male – back leg broken, back broken. Signs of hairloss on side and back of legs – beginning of mange. Severe facial injury (jaw broken in several places)

4.  Male – broken right front leg; head injury and bleeding out of his ear; both ears cut off; back not just broken but pulverised with a lot of swelling meaning he was alive for a considerable time after impact

5. Female – head injury and shattered back. Lots of bitemarks on rump

6. Female – head injury and shattered back. (no this is not a duplicate entry..I don’t know what was going on today but they aren’t just killed, they are pulverised by vehicles.), also looks like her shoulder was broken above the leg

7. Male – broken front leg, head injury, bullet wound in his back (not a small calibre either)

8th June 2018

3-5 Manged wombats (sighted) reported in, concerned property owner of condition of ‘most’ wombats at the creek. 

7th June 2018

Adult female wombat, attacked with severe infection in back brought to the sanctuary. 

New arrival 850g male orphan joey – for some reason most orphans are males right now. We had this pattern 5 years ago during a very dry period of no rain. It appears to be happening again. Possibly natures way of preventing breeding by a reduced number of females??? Not sure. 

1 Manged wombat reported in. 

5th June 2018

2 Manged wombats reported in. 

2nd June 2018

2 Manged wombats reported in. 

 

Yolandi’s 4am drive found 5 dead wombats:

1. Adult male wombat: no mange, 3 broken legs and a broken back

2. Adult male wombat: no mange, broken back

3. Adult female wombat: no mange, no joey, serious head injuries, 1 leg broken, lower back broken

4. Adult female wombat: no mange, no joey

5. Adult male wombat: no mange, 1 leg broken, back broken, round puncture wound in side