Bluebush bobtail

Bluebush bobtail

26th August 2020

This day as a Wildlife Carer began like so many at the home of one of Bluebush Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation carers.

Out of bed before first light. Looking glamourous in night attire whilst tending to the earliest feeds of the day. Living remotely there is no rush to dress for the day and animals don’t judge you.

Predictably, the phone rings while you’re in the middle of juggling bottles, toileting animals and washing.

A local family (anywhere under 250 kilometres is considered local) calls and they are very upset. They had been mowing their lawn when they accidentally ran over one of their visiting garden bobtail lizards. This is something that happens a lot in Australia.

Into the car and Bluebush to the rescue! (Wondering all the way whether you had even brushed your hair.)

‘Bobby’ had lost a decent chunk of its tail, but with advice and good first aid from the family, it was going to be okay.

Wheatbelt Veterinary Service examined ‘Bobby’ and gave instructions for care and changing dressings, etc.

After weeks in care and living the high life, ‘Bobby’ was ready to go home. The family came on the 23rd September 2020. They had been eagerly anticipating its return from regular updates from the carer.

While a bobtail is not necessarily ‘cute’ to all, it was a beautiful thing to see the two little girls of the family take such care and pleasure in putting it back into their garden. Wildlife heroes in the making! Occasionally they see the bobtail, who is easily identified by its stubby tail, visiting their garden. We  get excited updates when it’s spotted.

So back into daywear pyjamas, ready for more feeds, washing, phone calls, rescues, vast distances to cover and the life of a Wildlife Carer.

Sue Rose
Wildlife Group
Bluebush Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc.