Jilly, a baby eastern grey kangaroo pictured above, was treated for burns to her feet, paws and tail. She also suffered severe dehydration and weight loss after losing her mother to the fires, so the Healesville staff has taken to bottle feeding her.
Before they can release the animals back into the wild, they’ll need to assess the suitability of the habitat as much of the land is completely scorched.
Sydney’s Taronga Zoo is now home to baby meerkats Zanzibar and Nairobi, who are the first meerkats born at the zoo in nine years. Although they are only a month old, the pups are already eating solid food. In the video you can see them happily gobbling up some grubs.
For more info about Zanzibar and Nairobi, see LA Times.
To learn more about meerkats in the wild, see Animal Fact Guide’s article: Meerkat.
Over the weekend, 64 pilot whales were stranded on the northern coast of Tasmania. In general, it is rare to save any whales in a mass stranding such as this one, however, rescuers were able to release 11 of the whales back into the water.
Rescuers aren’t certain why the pilot whales got stranded, but scientist Rosemary Gales offered this theory:
“At Godfrey’s Beach where we are, it is very shallow and sloping. It has an extraordinary tide span and so the whales one minute can be in quite deep water and as soon as the tide changes, they get caught out and they are stranded essentially on sand bars and very shallow sloping beach.”
The scientists attached satellites to the ones who were released and have determined that the whales have regrouped into a small pod, thereby making the rescue a success.