Little Wombat is Saved – level 3
Jodie Bradshaw, who runs FreeHearts Animal Sanctuary in Tasmania, spotted a dead wombat by the roadside. As she came closer, she noticed the pouch wriggling.
She thought that it was maggots but then she saw a tiny paw – there was an alive baby wombat in the pouch. She helped the freezing infant out from its dead mother’s body and wrapped it in a towel.
Another wildlife carer, an older lady, adopted the baby, keeping it in her bra to maintain its body temperature and recreate the same environment of its mother’s pouch. The little marsupial will spend time there for about three months before he gets too heavy. People say that he is eating well and now at a good body weight.
The FreeHearts Animal Sanctuary hopes that the released video will encourage people to check dead animals for babies to prevent further unnecessary deaths.
Difficult words: sanctuary (a safe place for animals), spot (see), wombat (an animal with a pouch that lives in Australia), pouch (a pocket on animals like wombats, kangaroos and koalas for carrying babies), wriggle (move), maggot (the baby of a fly), tiny (very small), paw (an animal’s foot), infant (a very young baby), marsupial (an animal with a pouch).
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