Wombat Mange Care

Wombats are an Australian native species. They are apart of the macropod family; a marsupial branch of species located in the vast country’s wildlife. Like other marsupial animals they have fallen ill recently.

The spread of this disease is  disastrous because it is targeting wombats. These macropods, particularly the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats,  are on conservation lists as endangered. As a vet student, a pillar I study under is sharing conservation methodology. Which is why I often write about God’s lovely creators on my blog.  Due to the endangerment of this species it is crucial to spread information on disease prevention and citizen residential support.

For most macropod animals vulnerability to the disease is much to blame for having weaker immune system. Unlike other macropods, wombat’s issues fall under the issue of mange. The mangy disease is attacking the small population of the 250 left in the wild.

Mange in basic jargon is when mites burrow into the skin. Thus evolving into itching, scabs, sores, and redness in the skin. Likewise, hair loss and crusty skin occur. After being infected with mange for a duration of a month the eyes and nose will crust over. An infection over a month will result in thicker scabbed skin resulting in death.

If a wombat is found by a resident and appears to exhibit these symptoms it is important to first enter the wombats information into WomSAT. Notably, WomSAT is an online citizen encounter report. After that information is logged be sure to contact an exotic veterinarian for care instructions or a local shelter.

If that isn’t available due to the location and vast outback of Australia take a holistic approach to healing the wombat. Utilize herbs and lotions that include valerian, aloe, chamomile, St John’s wort and kava. Particularly, bathing a wombat in aloe juice is the optimal choice. The aloe and chamomile offer a calming and anti-anxiety solution that doesn’t allow for disease progress and post care stress of the animal. Treatment should occur until the skin starts to heal. This can take a few months.

Wombats often suffer anxiety and stress. So, a normal treatment for mange will not work for wombats. These macropods will become stressed if given an antiparasitic steroid. Likewise, over the counter treatment for canine sarcoptic mange or didactic mange should not be applied. While, these medications might appeal to animal rehabilitators it can prevent the wombat’s immune system to warding off parasites in the future. In fact it makes them more susceptible to getting mange in the future.

Conservation of wombats, especially the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats, is much-needed. Aiding these marsupial animals in the wake of disease is crucial. Due to their weak immune system it is vital to care for wombats in a holistic way and log their information. Contacting a shelter or veterinarian is optimal in this situation. Future hope for all macropod animals in the Australian wildlife scenery lies within proper research.

Dog Park

Since I’m enjoying a few months on holiday break before semester two commences for my veterinary courses, I thought I’d spend some time with my dog . So, I decided to spend time with my favorite companion, Ollie my Australian Shepherd.

To make Ollie’s day I took him to a new dog park that opened up in the town my parents are staying. A little away from the main city part of Tampa I uncovered a recently opened dog park. The dog park backed up to a lovely residential golf course. The park was filled with running trails, grass areas, and friendly people. It was very tranquil and scenic.

Best of all my hyper active dog got to run around the endless acres with other herding breeds. Being that Ollie is an Australian Shepherd it was nice to see him be able to “herd” the other dogs in a safe environment. Whenever he’s on campus I have to make sure he doesn’t disrupt the patients or endanger himself from the zoo animals.

All in all it was great to spend some time in my dog’s new happy place.

List of Popular Australian Wildlife Centers

Recently, several of Australia’s wildlife creatures have been struggling with a virus.  The majority of the species that have been infected are those that belong to the macropod family. These animals are typically marsupial animals. The main species that have been targeted are the Red and Grey Kangaroo’s; particularly the joeys.

The virus’ origin is still a mystery. Symptoms started to appear in late December 2017.  It has picked up gain in February 2018. The recent spike has also moved over to Wallabies, as well. Several of the observed joeys in sanctuaries or rescues have been reported to show flu-like symptoms. On a more sever side the kangaroo’s often revealed signs of massive internal hemorrhaging. Yet, no disease or detected bacteria is indicating what the mystery virus is.

On top of this detrimental virus there is now an increase in wild animal shootings. Along with that, unauthorized euthanasia are also occurring. Many locals don’t know what do to with the sick animals. So, they often take matters into their own hands.

Due to the lack of knowledge many result to termination of the macropods. All of wich can further harm an animal instead of relieving their pain. Several joeys have survived so-called “death blows”. When found by another the proper termination of that animal didn’t occur so the joey was further injured.

To avoid further sufferings of these sick animals I’ve listed some steps and organizations for one to reach out to. So, I have listed popular wildlife centers in Australia that can help further assist if you see an injured or sick animal.

  1. WIRES– Wires is Australia’s largest wildlife organization. They have over 27 branches across the country and our continually seeking the betterment of the nation’s animals. They offer a rescue line, report, and app. All of which can be utilized to help save an animal. To support or contact this organization call:  +1-300- 094 -737.
  2. Wildcare Australia– Is a non-profit organization that specializes in the rehabilitation of the area’s natural wildlife. It is located in South-east Queensland and has 24 contact available. Wildcare Australia’s aim to release healthy animals back into the wild and educate the public. To support of contact this organization call: +1-075-5527-2444.
  3. Wildlife Rescue At Australia’s Zoos–  Another way to secure the safety of a young animal is to contact your local zoo for wildlife support. Several of the zoos have an animal rescue team with wildlife rehabilitators and veterinarians attached to the program. To support or contact a rescue unit call:  +1-300-369-652.
  4. Darling Range Wildlife Shelter: Is a volunteer based rehabilitation shelter. They have a 24 hour hotline. The purpose is to release animals back into the wild after rehabilitation. To support or contact this organization call: +1-08-9394-0885.

Also more information about macropods can be found under the animals & travel sections of my blog.

Zoo Day! 2018

Yesterday I got to visit the National Zoo at the Smithsonian’s zoological Park. The zoo is alway a favorable place for myself. So I was overjoyed to visit another.

The zoo hosted free admission and was in a park format. All guest could access the Connecticut Avenue Park from many sites. So it was easily accessible and quick to navigate.The park was clean and not over run with tourist. Particularly, the grounds keepers were helpful and resourceful. The zoo was lovely.

Notably, zoo host natural flora and fauna. In the early mornings several deer and beavers can be see in the forest terrain that landscapes the zoo. The DC setting also brings in the majestic vines and cherry blossom trees.

Upon my arrival it was gloomy and raining. However the weather didn’t stop my enthusiasm and excitement to see the animals I will one day treat.

As an aspiring zoological surgeon I had to see the mammals first. I started with the famous pandas Ting Ting and Mieng. I then stopped by the research unit and spoke with keepers and veterinarian about behavioral patterns and there impacts on hormone cycling.

After I ventured my way over to the primates area and saw the “thinking” movement they had installed. The zoo’s foundation is productivity with their animals so they can stay engaged and prosper. This also helps with conservation movements on how to approach animals in natural terrain.

I then walked through the small mammals, aviary, and reptile units. I was pleased to see their dedication to the maintenance of wild turtles and their shell repair programs. Likewise, I also enjoyed reading about the newfound dietary habits of fennec foxes.

Likewise, I ended my trip with the big cats and elephant units. I saw the tigers and female pride. All the elephants were precious and social greeting everyone who walked by.

All in all it was a great trip!

President’s Day- D.C.

To commence my second day of my trip I had the opportunity to sit in on a cardiothoracic surgery (coarctation) at the museum of natural history. After viewing the resection of the narrow segment, I toured the museum.

Enjoyed seeing my favorite museum in DC today. So glad I got to save my @draperjames dress for the occasion! You can see a the pictures from the mammals and hope diamond exhibit on my blog today! #fashionblog #ootd

I got to view several different exhibits in the Smithsonian. My favorite since childhood has always been the mammal exhibit where they have the evolutionary paths of modern wildlife in each continent. I found it exciting to see the different zoological animals predecessors of what I’ll be working with in the future.

After venturing in the mammals exhibit I also got to witness the gems and minerals displays. The museum had a lovely collection for everyone to see. They also listed the organic compounds of each gem or mineral, so from an organic chemistry perspective it was neat.

Notably, a wonderful site in this exhibit was the Hope Diamond wich was in a rotating glass structure. Each angle the diamond turned, it showcased a different color. At certain angles it was a topaz yellow, dark blue, amethyst, and obsidian. All of this is due to the diamonds high clarity.

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After walking by the Department of Justice and National Archives my grandparents and I decided to tour the Old Clock Tower. The Clock Tower is the highest accessible point in Washington D.C. since the Pentagon no longer enables public access.

Once we navigated up the elevators to the top floor (12 stories) we were able to see the whole city. The hexagonal outline of D.C. was viewable as was each presidential monument. Likewise, the Pentagon and the White House were in sight range. However, due to snowy weather the view was a little foggy and not as precise as it normally is.

The Old Clock Tower museum is attached to the Trump Hotel and Towers so to celebrate  all our country’s presidents and respect the social liberties America has established we decided to stop in for some treats. My grandparents and I got  teas and rose. The Trump Towers were extraordinarily lovely with lavish interior decorating. The hotel was very scenic.

Hot Tea and Priorities! Having a great time wandering around my favorite DC museums in my @draperjames velvet dress and @sheinofficial hat! Shop the full look and read about my museum trips in today’s blog! #fashionblog

 

Animal Conservation

 

Since the Industrial Revolution in the 1800’s the exponential population boom in the 1900’s the worlds wildlife has been threatened. Many animals are facing extinction and increasing numbers are becoming endangered. To proctect all wildlife here are a list of ways everyone can contribute to helping animals and there ecosystems.

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  1. Assitst local or national wildlife associations
  2. Support Conservation Entreprenuers
  3. Support Anti-poaching legislature
  4. Utilize sustainable energy sources
  5. Promote globablized education
  6. Spread emails
  7. Share conservation efforts and stories
  8. Start a fundraiser
  9. Don’t engage in illegal exotic pet trade
  10. Support legislature against “bushmeat” or zoological animal meat trade
  11. Create a community project
  12. Volunteer with local wildlife shelters
  13. Read annual state or nation wildlife reports
  14. Attend awarness events
  15. Sponsor a species

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For more self education on conservation, animal legislature, and wildlife ecology be sure to check out WCN (https://wildnet.org/volunteer-opportunities) or GWC (https://www.globalwildlife.org/get-involved/).

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Fennec Foxes

Fennec foxes are native to North Africa. They are typically found amongst the Sahara desert. These foxes have since been imported into  the Australian outback. The fennec foxes have thrived in the desert and weather of the Australian terrain.

The exotic species has been popular in needing assistance. Fennec foxes have been a target of hunting and exotic pet trading industry. So, lots of rescues are having to learn how to care for the species.  These foxes are normally found injuried in the desert areas so people that rescue them often cannot find a shelter equipped to helping.

If one comes across an injuried or endangered fennec fox these are some steps to help assit them, so they recieve the upmost care and can be released back into the wild.

  1. Contact an exotic or zoological veterinarian. If you uncover any injured wild animal the first person to contanct should be a veterinarian. They will redirect you to helpful resources like sancuatries, rescues, and shelters. If the animal needs medical attention they will assist you as well.
  2. If the fox is swaying and bending his front paw continually provide water. Animal will be dehydrated based of these behavioral signs. If you are capable and have the fox in a contained space, where you will not further injure the animal or yourself, administer fluids to the fox. Also do so with veterinary premission.
  3. Visible injurines will need gauze and medicam dt tablets (use dog oral spray or 1.5 mg tablets). Medicam will subdue some of the pain and be used as a calming measure. Likewise, gauze will apply pressure on a wound and localize the injury. This is a measure to be taken if fox is in sever condition an waiting would further harm and ill the animal. Note, a zoo keeper, wildlife worker, vet technician, or veterinarian should be contacted.
  4. If the time for transportation of the animal to a rescue is longer than four hours than provided food for the fox. A fox will eat a mixture of dry and wet cat food. Dog food will also work, yet a fennec fox’s digestive system is more simmilar to a cats. If that is not something that is readily available, simply provided the fox with some raw meats.
  5. Lastly, no matter how cute and adorable the fennec fox is a normal person is not equipped for there care. They are still a wild animal and deserve to be treated as such. Fennec foxes are not household pets and if injured they should be given to people certified or capable of caring for them. This post is to show temporarty measures on there care due to it being a hunting season for these foxes.

Overall if there are any questions regaurding fennec foxes or another’s exotic care contact sydney fox rescue at there 24 hour line here: 24/7 Emergency: 0406 590 379.

Fennec foxes 🦊 are native to North Africa in the Sahara desert they have since been imported into Australia due to the desert and weather. The exotic species has been popular in seeking assistance so I’ve wrote a blogpost on where to seek help and...