Sanctuary excited by new joeys, one baby of shot kangaroo
RAY Revill is in the midst of a baby boom and he's hopping with joy.
But they are not your average babies. They are cute, furry and have a tail.
The five joeys are the latest little additions to the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary where Ray Revill is the curator.
And the best part about Ray's exciting bundles is that one of them is from a wallaby that was shot last year and was the subject of a police investigation.
"One of our female swamp wallabies 'Gimp' was shot in the outer sanctuary and she is finally pouched. She's got a little joey now which we are all excited about," Ray said.
"It's exciting for us. We have been waiting for that to happen with our swamp wallabies."
He said it's not only the staff at the sanctuary who were excited by the additions.
"The tourists who have been coming out here have loved seeing them poke their heads out of the pouches.
"And some of the people have been lucky enough actually get to give it a quick touch on its head 'cause our mums are pretty friendly when it comes to that sort of thing," Ray said.
Most of the joeys were conceived earlier in the year and are up to about six months old.
Now that there is a population increase Ray said the sanctuary had to be careful with their breeding program.
"We are going into a desexing program now. The males we'll desex. That way we don't start overpopulating or interbreeding. You've got to manage that under strict conditions," Ray said.
The Sanctuary, on the outskirts of Maryborough heading towards Biggenden, is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.