BUNJI THE KANGAROO
Bunji is a survivor from a roadside accident on a country road. In Australia, Kangaroos are as common as deer are in some parts of the USA. Unfortunately, these accidents can be unavoidable at night on narrow country roads.
Bunji survived the accident and was 2-3 weeks old, weighing 3-400g with no fur and eyes only just opening. She was tiny, so so tiny. My partner Ty and I decided, to put our heart and soul into doing our best to care of her. We wanted to give her the best chance of survival. We are so proud to have gotten her through those crucial months and raised her to be a healthy, confident 1.5-year-old roo!
Bunji is a Euro, also known as a hill kangaroo, cliff kangaroo or Wallaroo. They’re known for strong personalities and intelligence. I had cared for wildlife before but, never something as vulnerable as Bunji. Bunji slowly progressed with bi-hourly feeding schedule, delicate care and handling, and round the clock warmth. We took Bunji everywhere with us and as she grew she started to experience the world. She began to grow fur and developed her confidence and strength. We raised Bunji over the course of a year with our pup, Ohana.
They loved each other! When Bunji turned 13 months, she started to want to have her own space and to be comfortable without traveling so often. Kangaroos, as joeys, spend a lot of time in a pouch - when she started spending time out of the pouch we knew we had to find a more permeant place for her to live. In South Australia, it is illegal to re-release hand raised wildlife. Bunji and I have a very strong bond, much like a mother- daughter bond.
We bumped into a couple one day who had 4 rescues kangaroos on a property near where we live and soon enough we had the perfect home for Bunji. We fell in love with the property and the amazing owners that we decided to partner with them to create a private refuge for orphan native wildlife, like Bunji. With the help of Balu Blue Foundation, Bunji now lives at the refuge called, Two Songs Sanctuary.
This was a slow transition for Bunji which required daily visits, sleepless nights (for me), and slowly building her trust with her new caretakers. She’s been settling in well and we are so happy to see her content and safe with plenty of room to roam. Bunji and I have a bond that will last a lifetime and although she doesn’t live with me anymore, I visit regularly. Furthermore, our organization (Balu Blue) has goals to help fund Two Songs Sanctuary to be even bigger and better in the near future.