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Waiting for Autopsy Results.

The red legged pademelon is now on its way for an autopsy. Now that I have sighted 2 more, with similar skin eruptions, it is vital we learn what is causing this obviously very painful condition.

This little fella came to my feet briefly hours before I found its body- a hard moment or two for me – should I end its suffering ? I remembered the simplified Hippocratic oath a doctor quoted to me once, that he was there to do no harm to me, his patient. Fortunately its suffering ended a short time later.


In its last days it nibbled on some of the foliage I have placed in the photo.


Attended the land-care meeting. Hubris from the herbicide supporters blurred any meaningful discussion on the concerns from those who have genuine worries as to the safety of glyphosate injection into coral trees on the creeks edge. When a presenter said that the the growing evidence from independent scientists is hocus pocus, when they present peer reviewed evidence in opposition to the chemical labels on herbicides, serious doubt follows as to the motives.

But if the many phone and e-mail response I am having since the meeting is any-thing to go by, serious concern is growing.



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HI Don
Thank you for sending the pictures, it is certainly a worry and nasty
for the animals concerned.
This species is a threatened species called Red-Legged Pademelon, they
are rare and numbers are declining unfortunately.
I have sent a copy of this email to our National Parks liaison officer
as I think NPWS will need to know about this, it is a threatened
species and exactly what is happening to them I am not sure. I would
suspect it is chemical involvement of some kind.
If one should pass away please keep the body in the fridge and call us
straight away, we would want to do an autopsy as soon as possible.
Thank you for alerting us to this, please stay in contact and we will
get back to you.
Sue Ulyatt
WIRES NR Macropod coordinator

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