"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted"
What you can do to care for orphaned, injured and manged Wombats devastated by bushfire.
It has been a challenging year, to say the least. Facing a global pandemic has been tough and at times all consuming. As a result, it has been all too easy to loose sight of the terrible bushfires we faced last summer and the devastating affect it's had, and still has to this day, on our beautiful native wildlife.
Recently, Lauren came across an article detailing the impact of the 2019/20 bushfires on Wombats and the work of one man, John Creighton, who has devoted the past 8 years to helping them.
Drought, bushfire and flooding has had a disastrous affect on the Wombats and they are now becoming over run with mange, a terrible skin disease. Due to our deep love of animals (especially our Aussie natives) and our love for all things related to skin, we could not wait to do our bit to help!
Bushfire causes the complete destruction of the Wombats natural habitat meaning they have no access to food or water or protection from the elements and predators.
When a tree dies due to bushfire, the root system can no longer support the Wombat burrow, heavy rain and flood causes the burrows to collapse. Often Wombats drown in their burrows or inhale muddy water trying to escape.
Mange, the ugly truth
Mange is caused by a parasitic mite the Wombats pick up in their cool, humid burrows. The mite burrows under the skin of the Wombat, causing severe itching, hair and weight loss. Scabs and lesions from scratching turn into open wounds that bleed, become infected and eventually spread to the Wombat's eyes and ears causing blindness and deafness. They can't sleep, eat or drink. The Wombats die from dehydration and malnourishment, after enduring excruciating pain...
The good news? It is possible to cure a Wombat with as little as two treatments, even in the most manged state. That's where John comes in, he administers medication either by pouring it onto the Wombat's back or by installing a 'burrow flap' designed to administer medication when the Wombats enters or exits the burrow. Aside from medicating and monitoring the Wombats, John also pumps out flooded burrows, supplies food and water to bushfire affected areas and sets up shelter outside of burrows that have caved in.
What we can do to help
Just $40 - $50 is enough to treat one Wombat for mange. That's why we are raising funds to send to Wombat Care Bundanoon. The way we see it, every $50 raised is another Wombat's life saved... we can make a big difference! Donations can be made directly to our Paypal through the link below.
John also takes donations for pre-loved dog kennels, they provide protection from the elements and predators for Wombats who have lost their home. If you have an old dog kennel you are happy to part with, please send us a message and let us know!