In 2008 beautiful Dusty was hand reared by Jacqui from a baby when his mum managed to sneak a nest of eggs past us and they all hatched. Dusty must have been a day late and mum had left him to die whilst looking after the other ducklings. Jacqui actually pulled shell off him and moved him straight inside with her not expecting him to live. He still thinks Jacqui is his Mum.
Billy Baggins came to the sanctuary in February 2017. He had been found in the backyard of a Big Ears volunteer, all alone, very young and very easy to catch. It was because of this that we initially thought there was something wrong with him but it turned out he was healthy, it may have been his nest was disturbed by predators.
It wasn’t long before we discovered Billy loved sitting and sleeping in a hammock. He spends a lot of the day in the hammock sleeping in the sun. He is very very friendly and just loves cuddle time with Jacqui.
Phillip is one of 6 bunnies that travelled from Victoria in December 2014 to have their forever home here at Big Ears as a family. They had been living with an elderly person who passed away and their carer wanted them to live in an outdoor environment. At that time there were no outside sanctuaries for rabbits in Victoria due to foxes.
Jellybean was located on the side of the road on the Midlands Highway in September 2016. He was orphaned from his mother and was approx. 1 day old. The person who located him knocked on the farmers door and informed him of the lamb, but was told to take him as the farmer had too many lambs to deal with.
Jellybean came to the Sanctuary where he was very ill for some time due to not getting the colostrum from his mother. He was on antibiotics and electrolytes and cared for intensively by Big Ears volunteers Ros and Holly who nursed him back to health.
On the 26th December 2016, Jellybean sadly passed away after becoming sick on Christmas Eve.
Liberty arrived at the Sanctuary in October 2016 at approx. 4 weeks of age. Her owners were struggling to care for her as she had a condition called ‘Lumpy wool’ which is a type of dermatitis. This was cleared up by antibiotics and she was soon partnered up with Jellybean.