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Emmet the Eastern Grey Kangaroo Joey   - 22nd February 2013

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Emmet the Eastern Grey Kangaroo Joey

Age: Neonate (less than 100 days old)      Sex: Male

                                                             Found:    In his mother's pouch after she had sadly been hit by a car and died.                       Transported to: The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital by a local resident.                            Veterinary Assessment: Dr Bec carefully examined the little Joey - he was so young he still had his eyes shut and no fur yet! Luckily for Emmet, he had not sustained any injuries or bruising when his mother was hit and all his limbs were moving well.

Treatment: While under anaesthetic, Dr Bec gave Emmet some subcutaneous fluids to assist him with his dehydration. Emmet was then placed in several layers of blankets to mimic his mother's pouch, and then put in an animal humidicrib set to the appropriate warmth to maintain his body temperature.

Future: Emmet has been placed with a wildlife rehabilitator who will feed and care for him until he is old enough to be released back into the wild.

AZWH Fact: An adult male Eastern Grey Kangaroo can travel comfortably for many kilometres at a speed of 20kms / hour. When speed is necessary they are capable of attaining 55 to 60km per hour. Their stride in full can measure six metres!



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