Storm Boy’s mum was killed by a car but he was lucky to be rescued during a wild storm by Kilkivan man Matt Costello and treated by wildlife carer Anne-Marie Dineen (pictured inset).
Storm Boy’s mum was killed by a car but he was lucky to be rescued during a wild storm by Kilkivan man Matt Costello and treated by wildlife carer Anne-Marie Dineen (pictured inset).

Rescue gives orphan bright future

WILDLIFE carer Anne-Marie Dineen says they don't come much luckier than a baby red-necked wallaby rescued at the height of last Wednesday's raging storm.

Kilkivan's Matt Costello was on his way to visit wife Natalie in Gympie Hospital when he spotted a tiny wallaby standing next to his dead mother by the side of Wide Bay Highway.

Unprepared for a wild animal capture, Matt tipped out wife Natalie's personal belongings he had packed in a green shopping bag and managed to catch the injured wallaby in that.

Matt just managed to make it back to his car before the heavens opened, letting loose with torrential rain, thunder and lightening.

Anne-Marie said when she heard from Matt, the creek which you have to cross to get to her house, was already on the rise.

“Matt passed the little wallaby to me from his car window and made a hasty retreat because he was anxious to get out before the creek rose any higher,” Anne-Marie said.

Dubbing the orphan Storm Boy, Anne-Marie found the joey had numerous injuries from the impact with whatever killed his mother, including cuts and abrasions and a fracture of his nose.

Unable to get out to a vet now the creek was flooding, the experienced animal carer treated him as best she could.

“I gave him pain medication, washed and dressed his wounds.”

“He was shaking with fear and was cold,” she said.

Anne-Marie told The Gympie Times yesterday she was very pleased with the six-month-old youngster's recovery.

“I'm so pleased with how he's going; he's healed up so quickly,” she said.

“He's got a very good future.”

She praised Matt for getting the animal to her so quickly.

“If Matt had come along five minutes later he would have been unlikely to have spotted him through the rain and he most definitely would not have survived.”

Meanwhile, Matt's wife Natalie was very forgiving about her hospital visit being delayed, and the fact that her personal effects arrived hastily dumped in a scrounged “bottlo” bag.

“Yeah, I come second to a wallaby,” she chuckled.

“That's no worries.”

Gympie Times


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