Kangaroo Foster Parents
The fuzzy heads of baby kangaroos and wallabies peek out from a row of comfy-looking fabric pouches in the living room of Tina and Rod Davies, members of a network of 800 volunteers who provide foster care for orphaned animals in southeast Australia. Marsupials are often victims of road kill, and their offspring, called “joeys,” need round–the-clock care through infancy to survive. Rod Davies, a former racecar driver, abandoned his career to devote his time to wildlife in need.
Their passion for these creatures motivated the couple to move to a 12-acre farm, where custom-built outdoor fenced enclosures keep the older animals until they’re ready to be released to the wild. After a year of training and licensing, the Davies are ready to pick up an orphaned animal at a moment’s notice. The traumatized animals need special diets and exercise, and occasionally emerge from their simulated maternity pouches to practice hopping around the nicely furnished home. No problem — to the Davies, these animals are “like family.”
Producer: David Clair
Supervising producer: Craig Duff