03 Jun Ashley The Wombat
During the East Gippsland Bushfires 2019/2020 the Snug Wildlife Shelter rescued and received a variety of wildlife. Despite the stressful situation we were all in , there were members of the public who still took the time to notify us of wildlife needing rescuing. Sometimes they arrived at the shelter with the injured wildlife.
Ashley the wombat was found on the edge of the Brookville fire on the 31st January 2020. She was extremely distressed, dehydrated, starving and had singed fur and feet. This poor little girl had clearly been on her own for some time. She weighed 3.6kg and would normally have still been with her Mum. She would not feed and was aggressive fearful of the situation she was in. Sadly her Mum was never found. Eventually with time and patience she began to take her bottles of milk. Today she is a healthy happy little girl. She is part of a group of young wombats who are progressing towards release back into the bush. This story would be very different if a member of the public had not notified us about her. For this we are grateful.
Stories like this go someway to reducing the heartache we feel about the loss of wildlife during the bushfires. It is such a privilege to have been able to help our precious wildlife.