time ago I came across an article in a
newspaper, the contents of which I believe are
worthy of recounting. It highlights one of
the reasons why, here in South Australia, it is
illegal to release hand-raised native animals
back to the wild without appropriate permission
and proper supervision from the National Parks
and Wildlife Service.
the early days of my experiences of hand raising
native wildlife I must be honest and say that I
had difficulty in understanding this line of
thought, but over the years I have come to
realise that releases of this nature (as is
practised in other States of Australia) are not
as successful as we would like to believe.
There are many documented cases of released and
relocated animals that have come to grief! An
example that immediately springs to mind is an
article published in an earlier issue of "Keeping
Marsupials" entitled 'The Fate Of
Translocated Urban Possums' by Rod Pietsch.
However I digress; to get back to this article.
was headed 'Woman Strangles Kangaroo'. The
woman was of slight build and a senior citizen,
and was filming wildlife in bush land not far
from Brisbane when she was attacked by an
adolescent kangaroo (species unknown -
Apparently in her attempt to fight it off, she
grabbed it round the neck and strangled the
animal to death. She was later treated at a
local hospital for minor cuts and bruises which
were consistent with those that could be
inflicted by the attentions of an over amorous
for the poor kangaroo, its carcass was found to
have shreds of the woman's clothing on its
woman refused to be identified!
did not say so in the article, but I would bet
London to a brick that that kangaroo concerned
was a hand raised individual that been released
back to the wild.