Monday, February 4, 2013

I fell in love today...

I popped out to visit my friend Belinda today, and spent a few hours with some of her amazing menagerie of rescued animals. 


Most of the Eastern Grey joeys are rescued after their mothers are killed by cars, shot or killed in bushfires.

When they are very little, they live in pouches (blankets and pillow cases) inside the house, where they are bottle fed several times a day. (I fed one today!)


Then when they get a bit bigger they are slowly integrated to the outdoor mob (the collective noun for kangaroos is 'mob')...


And when they can eventually take care of themselves, they are released back to the bush.

Photobombed by a joey bum!


They are beautiful, intelligent, inquisitive, affectionate animals.


It is an absolute disgrace that they are culled in parts of the country. 
They just want their Mamas!


They like holding hands. 


This little Red Necked Wallaby is very timid and didn't come out of her corner.


 Belinda also has...bunnies! 
(I so wanted to put this little cutie in my pocket 
and take her home for Annabel) 


And baby guinea pigs, snakes, frogs, fish, half a dozen different birds, a fledgling Little Eagle, chooks, peacocks, a three legged cat, a gorgeous dog, a horrifically injured Tawny Frogmouth and a pony named Pepe!


Belinda is hand raising this beautiful 
little orphaned baby Rainbow Lorikeet. Super pretty but sounds like a rusted saw blade scraping down a black board.


Each joey develops a special relationship with their bestie, and they learn to be kangaroos together, as best they can without parents to teach them...


And it's super cute!


And yes, I am wearing jeans. A cool rainy day of tromping about in the bush requires robust clothing with pockets and sensible shoes. You'll cope. 


Belinda, like most wildlife carers in Australia, is a volunteer. She has cared for hundreds of animals over the years, nursed them back to health, rehabilitated and released them, or humanely helped to end their suffering, when there was no other way. 



So thank you - to Belinda, and to all carers around the world, for selflessly giving your time, love and skills to look after these poor animals, who would otherwise never stand a chance. 

You are a rockstar. 

LOVE! 

Sarah
xxx

55 comments:

Mrs. D said...

I'm so happy I just got to see your post on a Monday morning. It sure made me smile on an otherwise grey and boring day!
Hugs xx

Green Tea and Cupcakes said...

One day when I live on acerage I would love to do this, what a amazing experience. Your friend is worth her weight in gold.

Frocktasia said...

What an utterly gorgeous post Sarah, I had a wee tear in my eye by the end of it.
I'm so grateful that there are people in this world like your friend; give her a big hug from me for being so awesome!
Looks like she's got her work cut out, I'd love to come and help out :)
Those joeys are so adorable, I'm not surprised you fell in love...xXx

Vix said...

Eeek! I want a fuzzy baby kangaroo! Aren't they the cutest things ever? Belinda is a total star to help these adorable babies and you look totally smitten.
I can't believe the colours of that rainbow Lorikeet, isn't nature ahmazzzing?
Love you more than bunnies. xxxx

Ivy Black said...

And so did I. What a fantastic post and what a brilliant job your Belinda is doing. You've all put a big smile on my face this morning.
Flippin' wonderful.
xxxxxxxx

two squirrels said...

Oh Sarah what a wonderful day filled with gorgeous little furry heartbeats and a wonderful lady who is truly amazing for saving them!!!,
I am sure you heard the squeals of utter excitment when I saw the darling wee bun-bun, yip I so would have put it in my pocket!!!!!!!
Love V
PS a very big squirrel hug for Belinda, she is a furry saving angel.........

The Dainty Dolls House said...

What a wonderful place!! I love the bunnies :))) I would have wanted to take it home too ;) And it's great your friend helps joeys that have lost their mothers, such a lovely thing to do. You look super x

Carina Rosenholm said...

So cute! I admire People like your friend and try to help out organisations with Money.
You look great in jeans! Of Course .

freckleface said...

What a lovely post, I really really enjoyed that. Those critters are adorable, the little joeys, the baby rabbit (I can see why you wanted to kidnap it) the baby bird...what a satisfying and fulfilling way to spend your life. I love the pics where the joey is holding your hand. So sweet. xxx

The Grande Dame said...

Oh my gosh, they are just TOO cute. It looks like that one is licking you? You got a kiss! It is tremendous that people care for animals like this, they deserve a medal. I don't know how you resisted popping that little ball of fluff in your pocket... eeeeee!

Fiona said...

What an amazing person Belinda must be and what a fascinating place to visit. Gorgeous pics of all the animals, they are so adorable and the joeys look a friendly bunch.
Don't apologise for the jeans, it's all I ever wear (we can't all be as fabularse as you I'm afraid) and you look great in them. Hot nail varnish!

Claire Justine said...

Arr to many sweet animals :) great pictures. Great outfit too :)

Erica Louise said...

Gorgeous blog post, all those cutesy animals, what a great person Belinda is

Jen said...

Great story and it's wonderful to see it in all it's cuteness too :)

grunge-queen said...

Oh, the dear little munchkins, I am so glad there are people out there like Belinda to care for those wee forsaken furry things. They are so adorable, and so vulnerable. I recently watched a travel show featuring a guy from the UK who moved to India to care for injured or orphaned elephants. What an inspired and fulfilling way to live one's life! Thanks for sharing Sarah. Xoxo

pastcaring said...

This post has cheered up my day no end! How wonderful are the creatures, and how amazing is Belinda, and how happy are you, to be holding paws with a joey? The little cutie in his blanket pouch is adorable, and I love how tactile they are with each other.
Beautiful photos, Sarah, I think you must have had the perfect day. And the jeans look cool, no worries on that score!
Love too! xxxxx

edie pop said...

I love this post!!It made my Monday!
I love the baby kangaroos, even if I feel sorry for what happened, I'm glad that someone take care of them!
The rainbow lorikeet is stunning too, there is so much to learn from animals!
You look astonishing in jeans!
I love you more than nature!!
xxxxxx

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

:gasp: how sweet! Those joeys are precious!

karensomethingorother said...

that must have been an extremely rewarding day, to say the least! Did you come home with an immense feeling of inner peace? Thanks for sharing your day, Sarah. Your friend sounds as lovely as you.

PinkCheetahVintage said...

This made me tear up a bit-- the part about the baby roos finding a bestie is just too much sweetness. I love you in the jeans and Chucks :)

Inthesky said...

Wow some fantastic photographs in this post. They really manged to capture the intelligence and vulnerability of the Joeys. I did not know they like to be loved and hold hands...how sweet is that! xxx

Mariela said...

I find it so great when people rescue animals and take care of them. It must be so hard to raised and care for something you must set free eventually. You can tell that these animals are all loved and well taken care of.

Franca said...

They are all adorable! I'm so glad places like this exist.

menopauselsupermodel said...

So much kangaroo cuteness!!! SQUEEEEE!!!!!!!!

As the "mom" to two rescued and rehabbed chihuahuas, I am thankful to all like Belinda who shows abused and abandoned animals how to be loved!!

Krista Gassib said...

These are just precious beautiful creatures. What a memorable way to spend an afternoon! I am so surprise you didn't sneak a few home to your beach shack. I love that they hold hands!!!
XXOO

Bella Q said...

The little creatures look so cute- but I know what your friend is doing is beyond cute- it's humane and devoted and wonderful- Thank you Belinda for committing yourself to these rescued animals.

Thank you Sarah for looking so damn good. Even in jeans.

Lisa said...

Oh my dear God...they're all cute, but that kangaroo putting its little hand in your hand...I DIE. How are these animals real?

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

You got to buy an expensive frame to the last picture.

Teresa said...

Belinda is an amazing lady.

I'm surprised you were able to leave without taking one home with you. I'm not sure I would've been so strong! ;)

Connie said...

Of course you have lovely friends like Belinda. Of course you do! This is so sweet. Little besties. Makes me sad and happy at the same time...

Helga! said...

SQUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
O, jaysus, my eyes are watering with all the adorableness! They're all just so SO gorgeous and I want each and everyone to snuggle with me!
I can cope with you in jeans. You look AWESOMETASTIC in them! Hotness EXTREME!
Love you more than all the pretty beasts!
XXXXXXXXXXXX

Ofelia said...

So much beauty, cuteness and a sense of anger against those that hurt animals.
What is a Tawny Frogmouth? and does Belinda has a website, does she takes donations?
Besitos,

Linda Wolf said...

Beyond precious! I'm at a loss for words except bless Belinda for caring and you for sharing. :)

xxx

The Style Crone said...

I can see why you fell in love. I have never met a kangaroo, but I feel like I know these adorable animals better now that you have given me an introduction. The photos of you with these special beings are the high point of my Monday.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

The last time I was in a mob, a bloody huge red kangaroo tried to fuck me - been scared of them ever since - they are HUUUUUUUUGE!!! But you don't want to hear about my problems eh? Hahaaaaaaaa!!!! I am just so, so happy to see you enjoying your week with the most heavenly creatures ever. Your pics are incredible - wildlife photography next? Yes please!!! Belinda is a saint. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Val Sparkle said...

How adorable - thank you for sharing that! I love seeing kangaroos! A friend of mine is nuts for bunnies, and for her birthday another friend actually hired a "Bunny Lady" who comes over with a dozen bunnies and stays for an hour or so. She mostly does children's parties, but my friend is just a 50-year-old kid. She actually cried when she saw them. I hate to think how she'd react to these joeys!

And you ROCK in jeans!

Joni said...

Oh man, so precious. Never met one of those little guys up close like this. You must have had a great day!

Janice Tutone said...

Adorable babies, all of them! I really enjoyed this post....thanks for sharing your visit. High five to your friend for rescuing these little ones. What great work! X

norafinds said...

Hey sexy,

I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog! I hope people will come to your blog and appreciate the humor and your craziness!

Nora
NoraFinds

Melanie said...

I would love to take one home with me but know this would be a very bad thing to do. My heart is wrenched so deeply by the plight of parentless baby animals or injured wildlife. I tried to save a wren recently - sadly I was too late. Belinda is a special person to do this nurturing. You look like a great mother here! Beautiful photos. And, ahem, you look spectacular in your jeans!

Style Sud-Est said...

This is such a touching post
The little Joeys are so precious
Thank god there are people who take care of them
I didn't know that lived in pilllow cases or blankies when they are babies.

delia hornbook said...

Oh My goodness i nearly missed this post im so glad i didn't. What an amazing lady Belinda is and what a magical place to visit. I loved the photo of you close faced to the little joey and then him holding your hand i filled up actually so very touching and so very trusting to. And the fact they can go back to the wild even better. Baeutiful post, thank you, dee xxx

Truly Madly Beauty said...

Awww wow Sarah such an amaaaaazing post! All that cuteness! Found myself totally tearing up :) What beautiful photos of beautiful little creatures. And so much admiration for the amazing Belinda for doing such an incredible job!

Aysh xoxo

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I love them all so very much. They're just so cute I might implode with love. Such wonderful photos. I love the way they want to hold hands. Please got back and take more photos. Your friend is doing some really fantastic work xxxxx

JG Ruddock said...

There are a LOT of *yeay's* to be had in this post! Here's my top 3: 1. Joey photobombing. HILAIR. 2. Loving volunteers. Belinda sounds RAD. 3. You, your darn gorgeous photos, and WRITING LIKE A FOX. Love it! xo xo

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

And you got to play with baby kangaroos? That's it, I'm coming over. Make up the guest room (I may need a hanging duvet cover rather than a pillow case though)
x

Forest City Fashionista said...

Oh Sarah, this post made my heart sing! The photos are wonderful - I love the one of you holding the kangaroo paw! I would have secreted that baby bun away to take home for sure. Belinda is obviously a kind and caring soul - the world needs more people who give of themselves to make the world a better place.

BTW, you look super effing hot in jeans and your red converse. I hate you ;)

Punk Glam Queen http://ideefixemon.blogspot.com said...

Bless Belinda & her big heart. Those Joeys have the sweetest faces, I can't imagine anyone wanting to hurt them. And you m'dear couldn't look any less glamourous if you tried! I'm glad to see you had a lovely time, you care & love shines through in the pics! XXX

Vintage Coconut said...

Omg! The Roo's are SO CUTE, all of them! I like how they sleep in blanket pouches they look so cozy.
That Bunny is adorable. You look awesome in jeans and red shoes. =p
*Eaaak at the sound description of the bird.*

Penny-Rose said...

What a great post - thank you! I love animals and I think the work that Belinda does is amazing. I did not know much about Kangaroos until I read your post and your photos are lovely. I love the hand holding. Off to google "tawny frogmouth"! Love love the bunny and you in jeans :-)

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

This made me tear in up happiness! Thank you for sharing :)

Thick Threads said...

oh this is so adorable! these little guys are so lucky to have come across your friend, or she across them rather. It is so amazing that there are people out there like belinda, helping save animal lives. Great post! thanks for sharing

xx
Anita

Stacey said...

Even in jeans you look like a total rockstar! All of these little animals are absolutely gorgeous - and Belinda must be a major rockstar too, looking after all of them!

CityScape Skybaby said...

I know I'm really late as usual Sarah but had to comment on this lovely blog. It's so great to see more of your life and it's a pretty great life by the looks of it, recent worries aside. I really admire people like your friend Belinda, who devote themselves to helping animals who very likely wouldn't make it otherwise, I like the idea of living like that one day, though I don't know if I'm unselfish enough to do it, it must be a lot of work. Thank you for sharing this with us, it was really nice to see this cute bunch and you look like you were absolutely loving it too. xx

Dus Katrina said...

omg the baby kangaroos kill me, they are SO SO SO sweet. so awesome you got to be so close to them.
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