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Colin the cute baby wallaby makes a home on Lizard farm: PICTURE
6:00am Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
Forget house pigs and rabbits – a wallaby is the latest must-have, at least for one home on the Lizard Peninsula.
Rosuick Farm, near Goonhilly Downs, may be known for hosting weddings and being the home of Cornish Camels, but it is Colin the wallaby who has been attracting the attention of visitors recently.
He lives with Chris and Jan Oates, who have been hand rearing him like a baby.
The baby wallaby was rescued aged just five months old, after his mother died unexpectedly earlier in the year.
He was cold and hungry, weighing just 420g, and was too young to have even grown any hair.
Jan made Colin a fur-lined bag to simulate his mother’s pouch and carried him around with her at all times, feeding him from bottles – even through the night.
She said: “Colin lives in the house with us, and comes everywhere we go in his baby pouch. He’s visited National Trust properties and he meets all the visitors. He even does the supermarket run!
“At home he’s becoming much more agile and he is making great progress.”
Colin joins the farm’s menagerie that also includes the camels, peacocks and more conventional cattle and sheep.
Now fully part of the family he even has his own blog, at colin.cornishcamels.com.
At one point, however, it looked as if little Colin might not make it. The family discovered that his lactose-free milk was making him poorly. After researching on the internet they found a wallaby that had been reared successfully on puppy milk.
Jan turned to Royal Canin. Its Babydog Milk is designed for new puppies whose mothers do not produce enough milk.
“Royal Canin have been absolutely fantastic and made sure that Colin can stay on its product until he’s weaned onto solid foods,” she said.
Gemma Duffield, Royal Canin retail marketing manager, said: “Providing dogs and cats with nutritional solutions to suit every stage of their life is our daily routine – so a wallaby is a bit of a different issue for our customer service staff.
“However, when Jan got in touch and told us about Colin, we were delighted to be able to help. In fact, it seems that wallabies are not the only exotic species to be enjoying Royal Canin. We’ve heard in the past that meerkats, fox cubs and hoglets (baby hedgehogs) have all had it on the menu.”
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