Wombat Survival Stories
The following videos show rescued wombats Narni, Tilly and Koko, the wombat with mange.
Click on each image below to play the videos:
Narni and Tilly – orphaned in road accidents.
Tilly and Narni are two orphaned female baby wombats. They were cared for at the Maryknoll Wildlife Shelter. Both were casualties of separate road accidents where their mothers were killed.
Luckily, caring motorists stopped and checked the wombats and these two little orphans were rescued.
If you find a baby wombat call Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535 or your nearest Wildlife Shelter.
These orphaned babies need specialist care. A permit and training is needed to keep native wildlife (enquire through DELWP Department of Environment Land, Water and Planning).
Koko – before treatment for Sarcoptic Mange
Koko is a free living wild wombat. He lives on private land that backs onto State forest in Gembrook, Victoria, Australia. Koko’s grazing took him past this house every other day during daylight hours in the summer of 2010. The owners of the property were concerned and video taped this adult wombat which has advanced stages of mange. Wombats are nocturnal animals and not usually around during daylight, but due to his illness and the warmth of the sun Koko grazed during the day. The owners sought help and were advised to syringe 2ml of Revolution onto his back once a week over a period of three months. After several weeks the first signs of improvement were evident with the scabs dropping off, after that his fur started to grow back, thicker and thicker. The scabs dropped off around his eyes and what appeared were the beautiful eyes of a healthy wombat. Unfortunately when his health improved he no longer grazed during the day and his treatment could not continue. Twelve months later he has been seen at night and is looking very sick again.
Now with the “Burrow Flap” method and the use of Cydectin®, treatment can be continued. Unfortunately, Gembrook is prevalent with mangy wombats which makes on going treatment essential. Cydectin® can be used as a preventative with monthly or 2 monthly treatments until the area is clear of mange.
As Koko wombat is not being observed during the daylight it is essential to find where he is living. It can take a bit of detective work to locate a well worn path through the bush and spotting where the burrow is. When the burrow is located the burrow flap is set up and the Cydectin® poured into the bottle top. It is now ready to be activated when the wombat leaves the burrow and passes under the flap. Contact us for the correct dosage for your wombat as this will be determined by the severity of the mange and size of the wombat. The treatment needs to be continued for 8 weeks and then fortnightly for another 4 treatments. At this stage the wombat should be free of mange. Unfortunately, for Koko it is recommended that treatment continues once monthly, then 2 monthly until there is no sign of mangy wombats in the area. If neighbors can be encouraged to treat on their property as well, the process will work even better.
Wombat babies at play