30 September 2013

Introducing two beautiful babies: gorgeous eight month old Briella Tamme from Lilydale, who came to visit Healesville Sanctuary with her mother Lauren and father Sam and had a lovely time on the lawns of the Australian Wildlife Health Centre with Poa the orphaned wombat.

It’s all part of the flurry of bush babies that have arrived at Healesville Sanctuary this spring.

Poa is the genus of a number of grass species and grass is her favourite food. She became an orphan in the wild after her mother was run over by a hunter. She’s 11 months old and loves long walks in the grass, bum scratches and sleeping next to ducted heating vents. She has been going home with Keeper Amie Hindson as she was very frightened when she first came to us. Keeper Amie is also slowly weaning her, and she’s down to two milk bottles a day.

Briella’s mother Lauren said the family became Zoos Victoria members as Briella loves Healesville Sanctuary. “We can visit as often as we like and sometimes just come for an hour or two,” Lauren said. “It’s like our second back yard. And I love the fact that our membership helps save orphaned animals such as Poa.”

Zoos Victoria currently has 147,000 members. To become a member, visit www.zoo.org.au

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