September 2008 Walter (Wal the Quoll) was found in the office
of a bush retreat at Nerriga, NSW.
an office worker entered the room, he just lay there - there
was no panic as he was dehydrated, injured and ill.
NANA member that lives at Sassafras (thirty minutes away) was
called and Walter was passed onto Lou Gardener a wildlife carer
was taken to the local vet who did a basic assessment and found
mostly superficial wounds which were very smelly because of
infection. Lou then took Walter to renowned wildlife vet DR
Howard Ralph at Malua Bay, who did a thorough treatment on him.
a couple of months of intensive care and treatment of his wounds,
Walter had recovered sufficiently and in November 2008 he was
taken in at Secret Creek Wildlife Sanctuary in Lithgow NSW.
Creek Sanctuary runs and houses the Mainland Eastern Quoll breeding
program and also have some pairs of Spotted-tail quolls. So,
Walter was moved to the Sanctuary for permanent care and to
be introduced to the program.
was placed in a small pen at the Sanctuary and was given a nesting
box on the ground as he was having trouble with hind limb co-ordination.
He soon progressed to a nest box on the wall and was then moved
to a large pen as his mobility improved. Walter was introduced
to the captive bred lady quoll at the Sanctuary, in late April
2009, the start of the breeding season.
were going well, until.....
was found in his enclosure by his keeper in early July 2009,
unable to move his hind limbs.
was taken to local veterinarian Julie Grant of Bowenfels Vet
Clinic who admitted him and treated him accordingly.
Walter did not regain any movement or feeling in his hind legs
and was euthanased.
However, Walter did leave five pouch young with his mate Wendy!
His wild genetics will be a valuable addition to Secret Creek's
Spotted-Tail Quoll gene pool.
the Quoll was a pleasure to have and handle, he had a very gentle
temperament and was a lovely little critter. He will be deeply
missed at Secret Creek by humans and quolls alike.