Warm heart caring for cold blooded babies
Wednesday, 25th March, 2009
They're not fluffy and playful like kittens or puppies, but this group of baby sleepy lizards will still be loved unconditionally by their carer. The 10 tiny reptiles are the offspring of injured blue-tongues being cared for by local RRANA (Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals) volunteer Lindy Hunt.
"Aren't they adorable?," Ms Hunt said of the cold blooded creatures. She said it was common for injured females to be pregnant and that she was expecting another 10 babies to be born in coming weeks. Ms Hunt, who is the group's publicity officer, will feed and protect the babies for eight to nine months before releasing them into the wild.
The captivity allows the baby lizards a safe place to live while their scales are soft, which makes them vulnerable to birds of prey.
To report an injured native animal, call RRANA's 24 hour hotline on 0429 204 416.