Wallaby drinking

black swamp wallaby drinking

This elderly female had been around the house a bit, probably feeling safer here from foxes and dogs as she weakened with age. Early one overcast morning I saw her on the stepping stones, slowly and patiently drinking. She would drink, then sit up, rest, produce a dropping or two, then position herself again to drink.

here she rests, safe between the dam and the lily pond

The tall lotus leaves help her feeling of security, she can take her time. When she was finished she washed her paws and face, and slowly made her way back to the grassy bank.

swampy washing her paws

She joined in our season of endings, deteriorating quickly in the next month and dying peacefully next to the yoga barn a few days ago. A few days before her end she waited beside the vegetable garden fence for my husband to throw over some little delicacies for her, from which she chose to nibble on dill flowers. We wondered if she was one of the many animals raised by local carers when they are found injured or abandoned in the pouches of dead mothers killed on the road. Somehow she seemed a little more familiar with humans than black swamp wallabies usually are. We appreciated her trust, and sent her off with love.

More Black Swamp Wallaby pictures, not sure if the older one is her…

15 thoughts on “Wallaby drinking

  1. I have read that animals instinctively look for a safe place to give birth and a safe place to die. She found the right place at the right time. Thanks for these tender photos and story.

  2. The world has a wonderful caregiver in you, Christine. Even when you haven’t agreed to the terms. 🙂

    Your surroundings are so beautiful. I’m sure this was a nice place for this wallaby to spend her last days. It’s a high compliment to you that you’ve preserved the land so it’s welcoming to your wild neighbors.

    Sometime, tell us what it’s like to have kangaroos and wallabies around. As an American, I don’t have a clue whether they are pests or friends or maybe both. We have white-tailed deer here that roam in suburbs and people love to watch them but they also get upset when their gardens are raided by them. I’m guessing it’s the same there.

    • you are spot on doug, i spent years caging and repairing cages on all the plants i wanted to keep …still lost a lot, and everything tasty is wallaby-pruned …the kangaroos only eat the grass and occasionally they munch politely on parsley or lettuce if the garden gate is open .. but wallabies are the real browsers, their eco niche is to keep the bushland open …hence all my small native plants are ideally suited to their palate.

      • That’s interesting. I didn’t realize the kangaroos and wallabies have different diets but it makes perfect ecological sense. It’s also interesting that the kangaroos honor fences. The deer around here don’t. They jump them unless they are 10′ high. Thanks, Christine.

  3. Wouldn’t it be nice if our last days were as pleasant as the little wallaby’s? Your story reminded me of my mother-in-law’s — the old local cats go to her beautiful, peaceful garden and snuggle under the flowers for their final resting place. I think she found it a bit unnerving at first; now she’s resigned. 🙂

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