Little wombat is saved – level 3

Little wombat is saved – level 3

27-04-2016 15:00

This is the moment a baby wombat was found alive in its dead mother's pouch.

Jodie Bradshaw, who runs FreeHearts Animal Sanctuary in Tasmania, noticed a dead wombat by the roadside. After approaching the carcass, she noticed the pouch wriggling. Initially she feared maggots, but then she saw a tiny paw poke out of the pouch. Bradshaw helps ease the now freezing infant out from its dead mother's body. Finally, after a combined effort, the baby wombat is taken out and wrapped in a towel to restore its body heat.

Norma, another wildlife carer at the sanctuary, is keeping the baby in her bra to maintain its body temperature and recreate the same environment of its mother's pouch.

"Good luck, little boy."

"There he spends the next three months. Then he gets too heavy!"

The little wombat is said to now be at a good body weight and eating well, and the FreeHearts Animal Sanctuary are hoping that this video will encourage others to check dead animals for babies to prevent further unnecessary deaths.

Difficult words: wombat (an animal with a pouch that lives in Australia), pouch (a pocket on animals like wombats, kangaroos and koalas for carrying babies), sanctuary (a safe place for animals), carcass (an animal’s dead body), wriggle (to twist and to turn), maggot (larva of a fly), paw (an animal’s foot), poke out (to get out a little).


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