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TAS Country : March 17th 2011
TENDER LOVING CARE: Wildlife carers at Colebrook, Wayne White and Stephanie Clark, with Tunna the wombat. Picture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES Continued Page 8 ORPHAN wombat Tunna weighed just 100gm when he was found in his fatally injured mother's pouch. He was smaller than a tennis ball, hairless, eyes still closed and claws smaller than a fingernail. Tunna now weighs 3.1kg and is thriving on around-the-clock care. ''We just tag team,'' Stephanie Clark said. ''He sleeps in the humidicrib which is temperature controlled and humidified.'' ''That's what really saved him,'' Wayne said. Stephanie, 54, a retired Army nurse, and Wayne, 62, a Vietnam veteran, moved from Queensland three years ago. They are longtime wildlife carers. ''We love and respect our wildlife, They need all the help they can get,'' Stephanie said. They have a humidicrib at home and a portable one that plugs into the car cigarette lighter. Their house is perched on a ridge 680m above sea level and looks westwards across the Southern Midlands to the Central Highlands. Paddocks spread out like patchwork down the valley and icy winds come straight off the highlands. The couple say they just love it. ''The winds are not quite as bad as on top of Wellington but it gets pretty cold,'' Wayne said. The couple bought the house over the internet in 2009. It belonged to a solicitor who lives on Norfolk Island. It was his holiday home, and was sold as is --- with furniture, food, wine, spirits, crockery and linen. ''Not a bad drop of red,'' Wayne said. The couple are an integral part of the Bonorong Wildlife Park Friends of Carers training program. FOCs are people who can't devote 24 hours to caring for an animal but have the resources to rescue animals and transport them to vets and carers like Stephanie and Wayne. The program is co-ordinated by Bonorong where Stephanie and Wayne teach FOCs how to rescue and transport injured orphaned animals. Stephanie is the Tasmanian representative on the board of directors for the Wombat Protection Society of Australia. ''Tassie has not been involved with the society too much,'' she said. ''I'm trying to change that.'' Mange is a big threat to wombats, Wendy said. Mange can be treated in wild wombats through the use of a flap made out of a plastic milk bottle and a lid which tips the mange treatment over the creature as it climbs through its burrow, Wendy said. Wombat burrows cause injuries to stock and ruin fences. ''We help farmers put flaps over burrows and, instead of the wombat going through the fence, you can make a wombat's door or a doggie door.'' The couple do not get financial assistance for their efforts --- it all comes out of their own pockets. 'We both love animals and we respect our wildlife,'' Stephanie said. ''Mankind is taking over their land, their habitat and we're killing them. ''We think somebody's got to help them and that's what we do.'' Stephanie and Wayne were raised on farms and have done a euthanasia autopsy course at Australia Zoo in Queensland and wildlife rehabilitation courses. ''It hurts when they die,'' Stephanie said. ''We can't save them all, but bloody hell, we try. We are realistic enough to know that some are beyond help and the kindest thing we can do them is euthanase them humanely.'' The couple are co-ordinating a wildlife training course in burns treatment for Tasmanian animals. Meanwhile, Tunna is just starting to munch grass and travels with the couple when they make the trip into town for shopping, as do most of the young animals that need frequent feeds. Friday, March 18, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 News 30672 Steel prices set to rise mid March! www.ranbuild.com.au Call your local accredited Ranbuild Dealer today: 1300 RANBUILD Beat the Steel Price Rise -- Order Your Shed Now!
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