Handrearing a Pouch Joey
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Start - Think with Your Head, Not Your Heart
Never buy or
acquire a cute little joey as a Christmas or
present ------ end of story and in South
Australia this practice is illegal.
realise that rearing a joey is like rearing a
human baby and not a puppy.
making the commitment think hard.
considered some of the very basic requirements
such as these?
feeds every 4 hours, mixing food, washing
nappies, giving cuddles etc, etc for many
A Constant Heat
Source: The joey must be kept warm 24 hours
Sterilised food utensils, clean nappies and
pouches are a must.
Living Area: A
safe and large, outside living area will be
needed as the joey grows up.
joeys are notoriously difficult to rear. They
need intensive mothering and a specialized
diet. Success rates are normally very low.
If you wish to try to rear a hairless joey
consult people who have had experience in this
area before embarking on such a project. Most
will be very sympathetic to your needs.
turn your adult tame roo or wallaby back to the
bush with safety to itself (*), so, remember
that you will probably be taking on a lifetime
commitment for up to, or even more than, 20
years. (*) Note: this practice is also
illegal in South Australia.
A tame adult
buck is as dangerous and as unreliable as a
bull. No matter how gentle he has been, one
day he will treat you, or your children, as a
mate or as a rival and either can be equally
traumatic to the person concerned. The
consequence of this is that the roo may have to
be shot, which is hardly fair to an animal
faithfully doing what his instinct tells him to
do. So remember that you will need to have
your buck desexed at an early stage; at the
second tetanus injection is the best time.
Important Points to Remember
Human babies don’t
like strangers - neither do joeys.
If sickness symptoms
show up as anything different in normal
behaviour patterns. Ring your Vet - don’t
just “wait & see”
Diarrhoea is dangerous
if it continues for more than one day
ruminants, must never be given antibiotics by
Treat dry skin with
baby oil, hand cream or lanolin.
Do some further
reading and learn more about your roo.
Don’t forget to apply
for your NPWS permit.
Do not release any
tame roo back to the bush.
Get your young tame
buck castrated at an early stage.