A few months ago someone left some "doona" samples in my donation bin. We didn't know what we could do with them but knew that we could find some way to make them into something that could help wildlife. Then a few months ago while we were at Coopers Animal Refuge, we saw that Christine had thick, puffy pouches for her pinkies. We asked her about the doona samples and she said they would be amazing if they were just covered in fleece and made into a pouch. So we tried it for her. She loved them but we needed to make one change to it to make sure it would survive a washing machine. Last week, we found 3 more of the samples when were were cleaning out the garage and made them into pouches.
This week, Krysti from Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release called in to see us. We asked her to stop by as we had some pouches for her for her boy joey kangaroo that she had just taken into care. She has just started caring for kangaroos (she only did possums).
Her first kangaroo in care is a tiny pinkie (furless) that she called Audrey. We thought it would be great if we could give her one of these new pouches to help her look after Audrey. Audrey is just getting her fur.
Little Audrey weighs just over 1kg and and little Teddy weighs just over 2kg. Both of them were in the pink pouches I donated a couple of weeks ago. Today I gave her some blue ones specially for Teddy.
She loved them. She really loved the new special one that I gave her. I got to feel how warm this new special pouch keeps Audrey. Because she's so little and only just getting her fur (she's called a "velvet"), she needs to be kept warm which is sometimes hard. With this pouch it won't be so hard. We were both really shocked by how warm it kept her- she was like holding a hot water bottle. 😍
Krysti loved that the pouch is kind of stiff so it stands up in her basket and that it's kind of tight so it keeps little Audrey snug (like mums pouch). Today we decided to call them "Snuggy Rescue Pouches" after the words Krysti used to describe them.
We are going to buy some wool doonas from the op shop to make lots more for carers and rescuers. I want to make a special purple one (my favourite colour) to keep in my rescue kit.
If you have any wool doonas that you don't want anymore I'd love
them to make these.
16 parook court, diamond creek.
Thankyou to Krysti for letting me see how my pouches can help you rehabilitate wildlife and for your feedback about this new pouch and to Christine from Coopers Animal Refuge for suggesting what we do with them. Your idea was fantastic.
Find Krysti- https://www.facebook.com/Rescue-Rehabilitate-Release-1268828089820048
Coopers Animal Refuge- https://www.facebook.com/groups/447935942004477
My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!