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19 December 2013

Springtime is a very busy time when Healesville Sanctuary receives many orphaned wildlife babies. Our vet team at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre work very closely with keepers and carers to look after these little ones.

We use pouches for our orphans, creating a warm and snug space for our babies to rest and recover. Just as our orphaned babies come in all shapes and sizes, so does our need for different sized pouches.

We were delighted when we were contacted by St Margaret’s School in Berwick offering to make some pouches for our spring babies as part of a community service project. We provided a variety of patterns and the Year 9 textiles class went to work last term, creating more than 40 pouches of different shapes and sizes.

It's important is for people to get up close with some of our unique animals and see conservation in action and are inspired to contribute to the protection of wildlife and wild places. Introducing the girls to some of the babies in our care was our way of doing this and also saying thank you for their efforts.

Once they’ve been treated by our vets and given the all clear, Healesville Sanctuary will pass the animals onto valued wildlife carers.

It’s a timely warning for motorists to be on alert for an increase in the number of Victorian native wildlife wandering onto our roads

Anyone seeking veterinary advice can call the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary on (03) 5957 2829 between 10am and 4pm or RACV Wildlife Connect on 13 11 11, a 24 hour service immediately connecting to one of three Victorian-based volunteer wildlife groups.