Success Stories

Did you know that a wombat with mange may look worse before it gets better. This is due to the scabs being scratched off, showing more fur loss. New hair growth usually starts after 6-7 weeks of treatment.

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Dina from Kangaroo Ground

Little Dina was sighted by a lady walking her dog along the aqueduct in Kangaroo Ground. This was on the 22nd March 2015 when the weather was quite hot. Poor little Dina was covered with mange and struggling to get enough to eat to survive.  One of our local dedicated volunteers was quick to come to her aid and after spending a few days looking she was found wandering down to a nearby dam to get a drink of water.

This was the start of two months of treatment with Cydectin using the pole and scoop device. She also received supportive treatment with an antibacterial/repellent spray. It took some time to determine where the little wombat was living, then after many weeks it was discovered she was using a broken water pipe further along the aqueduct.
This wombat received some of the doses via property owners nearby that were prepared to help out on occasions. This is a truly remarkable recovery and shows what can be achieved with perseverance and dedication.

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Update 21st July, 2015 – Improving everyday

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These photos are very hard to come by . As you can see once the wombat is well again it reverts back to its nocturnal habits.

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Thursday 23rd July ’15 – Little Dina sunning herself in the late afternoon sun.

She was a little startled by the presence of the volunteer but hung around and allowed a few photos to be taken. She certainly looks good and hasn’t been treated for 5-6 weeks.

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Huwie from Tarra Valley Victoria  Nov./Dec 2016

Huwie wombat was treated with an 8ml dose of Cydectin for the first 3 treatments (one week apart). The dose was then reduced to 5ml and this continued on a weekly basis until the 8th dose. It is a gradual process as you will see from the photos below.  As the wombat is now nocturnal, a camera has been set up to continue monitoring the healing process. The wombat is now being treated fortnightly via the burrow flap.

  
1st treatment – “Huwie” at the start of treatment. Notice the thick scabs showing
through his fur.

 

  
2nd treatment     A week later and already the scabs are being scratched off

 

  
3rd treatment –  superficial bleeding where scabs are being removed, these heal within
a couple of days.

 

  
4th treatment – notice how the scabs are gradually disappearing showing new skin
underneath.  Hair re-growth usually takes about 6 weeks.

 

  
5th treatment –  a month into treatment and most of the thick scabs have now been
removed.  Some people think the wombat is getting worse as it is losing more fur but as
you can see there is now new skin appearing and the wombat is much more alert.

 


6th treatment –‘Huwie’ is now not seen during daylight and he is much harder to
approach and treat with the pole & scoop, so a burrow flap has been set up on an active
burrow nearby to continue treatment.

 

  

     

8th treatment – is now fortnightly and as you can see Huwie is scab free and sporting
a lovely new coat.  During treatment it was discovered that “Huwie” was in fact a female “Wilma”.

 

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 Goonak from Boolarra South Vic.

Comments: Out during the day, is partially aware of us being there, very crusty as per photos.  Not a well wombat.

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Above Photos: 23rd May, 2015 Goonak was treated with an 8ml dose of Cydectin via the pole and scoop for the first 3 treatments. Then the burrow flap was used.

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Above photos: 25th July, ‘15  Six weeks later and the scabs are nearly gone.  Lots of new hair growth evident.

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Baby Rocky “at heel” approximately 5-6 kgs.

On the 7th January 2016 little Rocky was found and rescued by a lady in Gruyere. The lady knew Rocky had mange and was very sick. She frantically rang around trying to find someone that was able to give Rocky the care that was needed for him to make a full recovery.  A member of the Mange Management group received the call and was able to take him in. This was the start of many weeks of devoted care.

On arrival Rocky was very malnourished, dehydrated and suffering mange infestation and attack wounds. The mange was evident on his sides, belly, ears and around his eyes. The many scabs on his head, rump and back of his neck were most probably from wombat attack.

If an “at heel” baby wombat like Rocky is orphaned it will look for another wombat to follow as it is seeking comfort and safety. Adult wombats do not appreciate another wombats’ baby tagging along as these young orphans can be very persistent and demanding.  This is when the trouble starts.  Maybe one or two nips to begin with and when this doesn’t have the desired effect the adult keeps biting until the baby eventually realizes this isn’t going to be a surrogate mum and he is not wanted and will have to survive on his own.

As Rocky was very dehydrated and malnourished he was given plenty of re-hydrating fluids for the first couple of days and then started on Wombaroo .6 milk formula to boost his weight. It takes perseverance and dedication to encourage little wombats of this size to take a bottle.

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Day 1:
 7/1/16  4ml Cydectin on back of neck. Very thick scabs on back of neck raised concerns about absorption of Cydectn due to lack of healthy skin.

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Day 2:
0.2ml injectable Ivermectin into muscle in back leg. This was given to make sure the mange infestation would be    targeted straight away.
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Day 6:
Large scabs starting to lift around back and neck (These were the scabs from attack wounds)  ______________________

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Day 8:
Wounds sprayed with Chloromide (anticeptic & repellant spray)  It was the middle of summer and flies were a concern.
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Day 12
2nd dose 0.2ml injectable Ivermectin into muscle in back leg.

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Day 19:
3ml Cydectin on back of neck.  Rocky is starting to feel a lot better and is eating more grass and moving around and exploring his enclosure. Notice how the scabs have lifted.
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Day 26:
3 ml Cydectin on back of neck.  2 ml weekly doses of Cydectin were continued for 8 weeks.
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Rocky  29th March, 2016 well on the road to recovery.
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UPDATE   May 12th:  Rocky’s appetite has returned and now he’s looking plump and healthy. He doesn’t like cuddles, instead he has retained his independent, feisty personality and can’t wait to grow up and get on with being a wild wombat free of mange

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Winston – from Macclesfield in Victoria

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Winston first seen 26th December 2015 when treatment began and again on 14th March after several treatments.  Notice how the wombat seems to look worse (more hair loss).  This is normal and if you look closely you can see new fresh skin appearing where the scabs have been scratched off.

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Winston again on the 4th June 2015.  Now looking well rounded and showing off his new coat. Winston’s  carer will continue treatments on a monthly basis until the final scabs have disappeared from his ears.

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Little Miss Maggie located in Nar Nar Goon North. Vic.

We don’t have any photos of Maggie when she was first seen with mange. These first photos were taken a few weeks into her treatment. Little Maggie was never seen with her mum and was possibly just old enough to be on her own. It was around Christmas 2014 and treatment was started straight away. It was summer with plenty of flies around so the carer sprayed Maggie’s wounds with Chloromide (pink antiseptic spray). These wounds were superficial and the result of her scabs being scratched off.  Maggie had an unusual white left paw which made her easy to identify.  

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Below Photos:  Maggie well on the way to being mange free.

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Andrea – from Hoddles Creek in Victoria

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Andrea first seen on the 13th February, 2016 with obvious mange infection as well as an open flyblown wound on her back (no smell to indicate secondary infection) so it was decided to treat the wound with Chloromide (pink antiseptic/ fly repellant) spray.

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Andrea on the 29th February  2 weeks later and wound has dried up and is looking good.

 

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Andrea photographed again on the 22nd May,2016, looking so much better. The wound has healed completely. She will continue to be treated on a monthly basis as mange is prevalent in the Hoddles Creek area.

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WALLY from Kinglake Vic.

Wally, Kinglakes’ lucky wombat’ It has been a very rewarding effort, helping our little wombat, who has become sort of a furry addition to our family. Update 21st July, 2015 – Improving everyday

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Wally after 2 weeks of treatment – Red lines indicates the extent of the scabs under the hair. Thick scabs starting to show through the fur.

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Wombat would be starting to feel lethargic and unwell. This wombat was easy to approach at this stage and was treated directly with a syringe.

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Wally after 4 weeks of treatment More fur loss evident. Wombat may look worse

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Facial scab scratched off causing it to bleed. Blood vessels are close to the surface on the face, so bleeding can look quite traumatic. Don’t be alarmed this wound healed in a matter of days.

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Wally after 5 weeks of treatment

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More fur loss as most of the scabs have been scratched off. Notice the facial wound is completely healed.

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Wally after 7 weeks of treatment

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More fur loss as new fresh skin becomes evident and signs of new hair returning. Wombat will be much more alert and feeling so much better.

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Wally after 8 weeks of treatment – New hair growth very noticeable.

 


HUGHY from Briagalong Vic.

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Hughy at start of treatment with thick scabs evident around his sides. These were starting to crack open. Initial treatment was straight down his back with a syringe followed up with once weekly treatments via the “burrow flap” erected in a gate.

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After 8 weeks of treatment, Looking so much happier with no sign of scabs and new hair growth evident.

 

 

 

 


Hughy using the Burrow Flap device.