Things that make me sad, that I can’t change.

Sorry if this seems like a negative post. I don’t want my blog to be about complaining! This is just something I want to get off my chest, and hopefully it can be seen in a postive light by raising some awareness.

Imagine if someone granted you with the power to change anything about the world we live in? What one thing would you change?
I strongly admire people who want to make a difference and impact positive change. I want to be one of those people. However, I realised that there are just some things that are out of my control, no matter how much I work to change it. For me that’s (and I hate the term), road kill.

Nothing breaks my heart more than when I’m driving and see an animal that has been hit. In no way do I blame the driver, as more times than not it is simply an accident, and that’s probably the most frustrating thing about it – there is really nothing we can do to change this. Kangaroos jump out of nowhere, wombats come out during the dark, echidnas can be slow moving, the list goes on.
I used to think “why don’t we just put up a fence around all our roads?” Probably not the most well-thought idea.

 

There is one incident that will always stick with me. My parents were driving me to the train station, and on one of the windy roads there were a few cars that had stopped. A poor kangaroo had been hit (the lady felt so bad and was quite distraught, I felt sorry for her). My dad and I got out the check on the kangaroo, who was still alive. We didn’t know if it was a male or female, I think I was so concerned about the poor thing and didn’t even think to check for a pouch. The kangaroo was shaking from both pain and fear, and it’s back foot had snapped and was only hanging by its skin. My dad got a blanket from the car to cover it with, to help it calm down. It was letting me pat it, and I wished that I had the power to make everything better for the poor thing.
We were told there was nothing we could do about it, and the police came and had to put it down 😦

To this day I still regret not taking the poor thing in. I know you have to be a registered wildlife carer, but I believe after some veterinary care, the kangaroo could have a had a chance, and I could have helped rehabilitate it. I also regret not even thinking to check the pouch.

This incident made me determined to help injured wildlife, and I am hoping to undertake training to become a wildlife carer one day soon.

 

There are so many things I want to change about the world, such as animal cruelty and disrespect for the planet we live on, which can be done through education and hard work. This however is something that will probably never change.

The only thing we can do is be alert when driving, and check pouches where you can.
As I live in Australia, a lot of the animals I see on the side of the road are marsupials, especially kangaroos and wombats. If you are in a situation when one of these animals has been hit, please check if it is a female – it could be carrying a baby in it’s pouch, and you could save a life.
There is also help you can call, obviously depending on what state/country you live in, which can be found by a simple google search. I’ve linked the information for Victoria below.

 

On a happier note, here’s a photo of a wallaby I often see grazing on our property 🙂

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If you had the power to change one thing about the world, what would it be? Let me know comment section below 🙂

RIP beautiful kangaroo ❤

Jess xx

 

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Tackling Mange in Wombats – how we can help Wombat Welfare in Victoria

I am constantly seeing wombats suffering with mange where I live, but it wasn’t until I learnt in one of my classes at uni that you can volunteer to help in the treatment of this disease in your area, that I knew I needed to do something.

Mange Management is a non-profit organisation, consisting of volunteers who work to treat and reduce the impact of mange in wombats found in their natural habitat. The program is set up in places across Victoria, where mange is most common.

Due to little or no support from the government, the task of treating and euthanizing (when the disease is not treatable) has been left to these volunteer wildlife careers, and people willing assist in their own backyards.

Mange is described as a skin disease in mammals caused by parasitic mites, and is characterised by severe itching, hair loss, and the formation of scabs and lesions.
If untreated, mange can also lead to an incredibly painful death.

 

Treatment is done via two methods, using a chemical called Cydectin (this is a poisoness chemical, and must be handled with care).

The first method is Direct Application with a pole and scoop, and is used if the wombat is approachable and has a serve case of mange. The wombat is approached slowly, and the Cydectin is poured along it’s back at the healthiest area. This treatment is done once a week, and after around 4-5 weeks improvement should occur.
Once the wombat settles back into its nocturnal behaviour, method two is implemented.

This method is known as the Burrow Flap. Volunteers have made flaps out of an ice cream container lid, and milk bottle top, that works similar to a doggy-door over the wombats burrow entrance. A dose of Cydectin is filled in the bottle top, and as the wombat enters and exits its home, the flap moves to allow the treatment to pour onto the wombat’s back. The chemical is replaced once a week for 8 weeks, followed by fortnightly for 4 additional treatments.

For a more detailed explanation of how treatment is administered, please visit here.

 

We have seen wombats grazing on our property for years, and come across multiple wombat borrows, and having seen many cases of mange create a poor life for wombats in our area, we are very keen to help eradicate this issue!

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With help from Mange Management, we have been provided with a Treatment Kit (pictured right), as well as the knowledge and awareness to volunteer in the treatment and care of wombat welfare.

 

 

 

To help raise awareness of this cause and terrible condition, I am hoping to document the work we do, here on this blog or my YouTube Channel, so make sure you keep an eye on those!

 

If you would like to get involved in your area, I have linked Mange Management’s website below, which has their contact details, as well as any further information.

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Finally, if you see a wombat that you suspect has mange, or is in need of help, you can report it HERE.

 

Jess xx

Related Links

Mange Management – Wombat Welfare in Victoria
Mange Management – Facebook

*information for this post has been gathered from the Mange Management website*
*Wombat images have been taken from google*

Can a Vegetarian eat lollies?

As a vegetarian, most would assume that I have made the choice just not to eat meat (ie- any physical part of an animal). However, meat is not the only thing limited from a vegetarian diet, as many of the lollies found on our supermarket shelves contain an ingredient made from such parts of pigs or cows including the skin, bones and connective tissue – which you can see labeled as ‘gelatine’.

This ingredient can be found in most lollies, marshmallows, and sometimes even pre-made cakes, some ice-cream, and cosmetics, used as a gelling agent within the products. Yet most people just think that a vegetarian or vegan chooses to just avoid animal products such as meat or dairy – that’s how little we know about what really goes into these foods.

I thought that this meant as a vegetarian, I would either need to cut out lollies, or switch to a vegan alternative, as gelatine was a necessity to make the products. I soon found out that not all lollies contain the collagen of an animal.

I discovered that the lollies, ‘Sour Patch Kids’ contain no gelatine at all, and taste just the same as any other sweet on the market. Meaning that gelatine is not compulsory to make a tasty treat! (I have included a link below from Animals Australia, which contains a great list of all the cruelty free lollies that a sold in Australia) 

So if this particular ingredient isn’t needed in lollies, surely we can stop using it? If one company doesn’t need gelatine to produce confectionery, then other companies have the ability to do the same.
I know it’s a dream to think that we as a future society will live on a plant based diet (a dream I will continue to support), however I wish to see a world where our remaining food or cosmetic items are completely cruelty free!

So the answer is vegetarians need to be mindful of what ingredients they are consuming. Can lollies be made without using gelatine and animal collagen – yes, and it’s up to us as consumers to help make that happen!

Jess xx

 

Related Links:
Animals Australia – A Guide to Cruelty Free Lollies in Australia