Today I reunited with Chrissy, a joey rescued in Mission Beach, when she arrived at Brindle Creek Sanctuary for pre-realease. It was wonderful to see her as a happy and healthy joey. This is why so many people become wildlife carers. Although there are times that are sad and distressing, it is these lovely moments that urge you to continue the fight.
Chrissy was rescued from the gutter during a rainstorm in Mission Beach. Her mother lay dead a few meters away from what we assume was an early morning car strike. Chrissy struggled to keep her head and nose above the rushing water and shivered from the cold. She had no fur and had probably only recently opened her eyes.
Halina has been Chrissy’s primary carer at Brindle Creek, and things are working out fine. Chrissy has really bonded with Halina (and Halina with Chrissy). I am in awe of how this joey has prospered since the last time I saw her. She was always very affectionate, even as a furless bubby, but now other aspects of her personality have emerged. Without the help, care and love of carers, joeys like Chrissy would never have a chance to live.
Now Chrissy is an inquisitive and affectionate little girl. She adapted quickly to her new environment and even began to assert her authority over joeys of similar age and size. She is also very jealous of other joeys who seek affection from us and always pushes her way in front of them when it comes time for cuddles. I suppose this fierce instinct to live is the reason why she has survived when so many others have not.