Saturday, August 18, 2012

Australian animals

Anzac and Peggy
Orphans Anzac the joey and Peggy the wombat (pictured, more photos here) are being cared for at the Wild About Wildlife Rescue Centre in Kilmore, Victoria. While kangaroo babies are usually raised in a humidity crib until they are large enough to retain their own body heat, this one is allowed to carry on an interspecies relationship with Peggy because each animal derives comfort from the other's movement and heartbeats. They enjoy each other's company so much that they share a pouch.

Mick and Jack
Meanwhile, a pair of adult kangaroos escaped from their home at Germany's Hochwildschutz wildlife park with the help of 2 accomplices – a wild boar and a fox. The fox snuck into the park and dug a hole next to the enclosure's fencing. Another hole that had been dug by a wild boar under the exterior fence allowed them an overnight getaway before they were recaptured. A 3rd kangaroo, Skippy, was not as adventurous and stayed behind.

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