Capture & Relocation
25 July 2013
Rescue of a 40kg female Eastern Grey Kangaroo with in pouch joey at Mt Campbell NSW. The target animal had sustained a foot/ leg injury that requires treatment.
After an initial site assessment of the target animal, and a safety briefing given to the on site wildlife carer as well as the residential occupants, the appropriate dosage rate of sedation was calculated, drawn and loaded into the pneu-dart projectile ready for application.
The target was acquired from a safe and obstacle free acquisition point, and distance was calculated as to provide the appropriate velocity to the projectile/ target animal as to alleviate any impact injury during the dart delivery. The oblique target animal was successfully sedated and supine within 2.5 minutes, and ready for recovery and transportation prep.
Treatment & Rehabilitation
During the preparation for transport phase, the target animal was assessed for her injuries to make the initial on sight assessment as to ascertain the extent of the injuries in addition to what course of treatment needed to be applied and sought. The in pouch joey was secured within the mothers pouch while under sedation, and the ulcerated foot injury required veterinarian intervention.
The female EGK was assessed and treated whilst under sedation, and required minor treatment for infection and an imbedded foreign body.
Outcome & Monitoring
After successful treatment, the female EGK and her in pouch joey, spent two weeks in enclosure care to ascertain her recovery after treatment. Her recovery and rehabilitation was successful and released on site at a secure and safe release property where mother and in pouch joey flourish in their development and have joined a local troop and are frequently spotted on the property. To this very day, mother and joey are still alive.