Thursday, November 26, 2009


The show must go on! Life must go on! We are moving on!
It's no secret what a horrid year this has been but we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and get back to it.

So here we are again at the start of another bushfire season for Victoria - hubby has already been to several small fires and is bracing for another tough season.

Myself, I am readying myself for my last child to begin kinder next year, and my first child to begin high school. Middle child remains at primary school. What a range of emotions and hormones in this house at the moment!!! Poor hubby!

I love my children to bits and I love to be with them and I love their company. I love school holidays and I love when they have days off. I even secretly like it when they are too sick to go school. I know - I'm a weirdo!
I used to (still do sometimes) do drive bys of the school at lunchtime just to see if I could see them in the playground.

Most mums I know are gleefully rubbing their hands together at the school gate and happily waving their children off to school in anticipation of many hours to themselves. Me? Not so. I am so sad at losing my little right hand man. Who am I going to talk to? Who will I feed? Who will I comfort? Who will I play with? Who will I laugh and cry with?

Problem solved.

Meet Penny.

Approx 4 months old (515gms)

Before I had children I used to do this.
I had always shared stories with my children about the joys and rewards of raising orphaned and injured wildlife and we had always spoken about doing it again - together.
Approx 5 Months old (700gms)

About 2 months ago we were on our way to spend a couple of days in the big smoke of Melbourne. We had travelled about ten minutes down the road when we came across a large Wombat in the middle of the road. She had been hit by a car or truck and she was dead, but inside her pouch was a very cold and sad baby wombat (a joey).

We continued on our way as I frantically warmed the baby as best I could (at times like this I am grateful for big boobs!) Oh snigger if you wish - but it is the quickest way to warm them up!

We called in to the wildlife shelter that I have volunteered for on and off over the years and left this little girl with them so we could continue our few days in Melbourne.

I couldn't get this little girl out of my head. Neither could the kids. So we discussed the possibilties as a family and decided that she was a sign that we needed to take up wildlife care and rescue again. Together. Poor hubby!

So we picked her up on the way home and dusted off all the old equipment and pouches and bottles and got right to it!

Three weeks later --------

Meet Bob!
Approx 3 months old (295 gms)

So here we are now with two baby wombats who fulfil my need to feed and nurture and love at all times.

I am so in love!!

Life is good and it's getting better!

Cheers from here!
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Tami said...


That is the most adorable face ever.

I'm totally smitten....I do hope you will be able to find the time to post more pictures and stories about these wonderful babies!

BUSH BABE said...

Gosh... too gorgeous for words! Glad I haven't got a heap of those things to try and keep alive too - its enough with all these cattle, horses, dogs, poddies, kids and grown-ups.

And welcome back... look forward to some wombat updates soon!

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

So cute ...can you imagine these little cuties in a starring role in Wombat Divine by Mem Fox.

Gem said...

Tami - that is my plan - to focus more on the good things than the bad! Tahnks for stopping by

BB - I remember you blogging about some baby birds and their nest in your earlier posts - hysterical!
Thanks for your encouragement - you are a sweetie!

Trish - I have that book and also many others by Mem Fox! Have you read Diary of a wombat. Or Sebastian lives in a hat Neither of wwhich are by Mem Fox! Great books
Thanks for visiting

Anonymous said...

I had no idea what that was and now I have to go look them up to see what they look like when adult. Will you release it back into the wild? Enjoy your little bundle of joy while you can. :)

Gem said...

Hi MLS, Thanks for stopping by! Yes we will release them. The only outcome for raising orphaned and injured wildlife successfully is for them to eventually be released back into the wild. It can sometimes take up to two years with little wombats like these.

Nutty Gnome said...

Oh he's so cute - I want a baby wombat too!!! (don't get many of them in Derbyshire - or the UK, come to that!)

I've just been catching up on your last couple of posts - I loved the snow post (more than Lil'J did apparently!). It looked like great fun. We've just had our first sleet and the temperature has plummeted, so maybe we'll have a white Christmas! :)

Glad to see you back - even though I understand why you've not been posting much, I've missed you!

Gem said...

Nutty Gnome - it is so good to hear from you. Thanks for missing me!

We are back to hot weather now and not looking forward to the impending fire season.

These wombats keep me pretty busy and out of trouble!

BUSH BABE said...

Just checking in on you Gem... time for an update soon?

Debby said...

Boy. Those wombats must be keeping you hopping. Just like a real baby.