Influx of orphans prompts plea for help

Source: The Border Mail

Eastern Australia's hot, dry summer is taking an increasing toll on one of the nation's icons, with more kangaroos being hit and killed by cars, as dry weather pushes the marsupials onto the roads.

Wildlife volunteers at a sanctuary in Yackandandah, in north-east Victoria, say they are caring for more joeys left orphaned after their parents die in road collisions.

This week two Wodonga police officers pulled a joey from its mother’s pouch after the eastern grey kangaroo was hit by a car and killed.

Wodonga police Constable Dimity Hinch said four women in their 20s stopped on the Murray Valley Highway at Killara early Thursday morning after they found a dead kangaroo in the middle of the road.

They phoned police who found a baby joey inside the mother’s pouch.

The three-week-old joey, still with the pink colour of a newborn, is now being nursed at Kangaloola Wildlife Sanctuary just out of Yackandandah.

Wildlife worker Wyanda Lublink said the joey was doing well.

“He’s doing very well, he’s still a bit slow on the bottle but it’s only been two days,” Ms Lublink said yesterday.

He is one of six joeys at the sanctuary that have been rescued from their mother’s pouches after car accidents. They will be cared for until they can be released into the wild.

It’s an unusually high number of joeys and Kangaloola volunteers say the dry weather is having a big impact.

“Most of the time mums get hit by a car because the only green grass is beside the road,” Ms Lublink said.

Kangaloola owner Glenda Elliott said it was not only affecting kangaroos.

The sanctuary has been inundated with wildlife coming in from the bush, such as koalas and birds, who were once cared for at the park and are now seeking food.

“There’s no food in the bush,” Ms Elliott said.

“The animals are so stressed and so undernourished. The conditions are horrible.”

The inundation means the small team of volunteers are forking over their own cash to pay for feed. She said they’re spending about $500 a month on the animals.

“You just want to walk away, you feel like there’s no hope. We really do need donations,” she said.

To donate to Kangaloola phone 0432 098 562 or email



Wyanda Lublink with the three-week-old joey rescued by Wodonga police after its mother was hit by a car. Photo: BEN EYLES

Wyanda Lublink with the three-week-old joey rescued by Wodonga police after its mother was hit by a car. Photo: BEN EYLES


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