When to Wean a Macropod

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Lilly and Pond
Lilly and Pond






Pond is nearly the same size as Lilly
Pond is nearly the same size as Lilly

 

When to wean a hand raised macropod is often quite a controversial subject within the wildlife community. As wildlife care is a voluntary occupation, and mainly funded by the carer, finances and time often result in macropods being weaned earlier than they would be in the wild.

Some carers wean their joeys not long after they emerge and this is way too soon.

Take these photos for example. Lilly (raised and released at at Fourth Crossing Wildlife) in the photos at left show her still feeding her fully emerged "at heal" son, Pond.

As you can see he isn't that much smaller than her, and he was observed drinking for well over 5 minutes. You can see also that Lilly has a bulge in the pouch, so she is creating one milk for her "in pouch" joey and another for Pond. Each milk is totally different.

If you are a carer wanting to know when it is the right time to wean a hand raised macropod, think of Lilly and Pond, and don't wean too soon!

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