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Derek the Black-striped Wallaby Joey   - 1st May 2017

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Derek the Black-striped Wallaby Joey

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Male   Weight:

Found: Derek the black-striped wallaby joey was found all alone in an abandoned house. Poor Derek had been without food or water for several days.

Transported to: The police officers who were called to the abandoned house rescued Derek and brought him to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

Veterinary Assessment: When Derek arrived at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital he was dirty, cold, hungry and looking for his mother. It is believed that Derek's mother was sadly killed in a car accident only a few weeks beforehand. Aside from dehydration and an upset stomach, Derek had thankfully escaped any major injuries.

Treatment: The team at the Wildlife Hospital were quick to wash him clean, warm his tiny body and feed his hungry tummy, before placing him with a specialised wildlife carer.

Outcome: With expert care from the team at the Wildlife Hospital and extra special attention from his specialised wildlife carer, Derek was back to his bright and bouncy self in no time. Derek will spend the next few months with his carer until he is fully-grown and ready for life in the wild.

AZWH Fact: The black-striped wallaby is a small wallaby, grey-brown in colour with a striking narrow black stripe running down the centre of their back. These beautiful animals also have a distinctive hop, jumping with an adorable crouched stance.



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