Joey's amazing tale of tragedy, adventure, survival at Byron

SURVIVOR: Lucky the Swamp Wallaby, rescued at Belongil in September, is doing well after being given the kiss of life by Melbourne tourist Mick Hussin.
SURVIVOR: Lucky the Swamp Wallaby, rescued at Belongil in September, is doing well after being given the kiss of life by Melbourne tourist Mick Hussin. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

HE LOST his mum, was hunted by a pack of dogs and almost drowned, but now Lucky the joey swamp wallaby is moving on with his new life.

Lucky was miraculously resuscitated on the banks of Byron Bay's Belongil Creek in September after throwing himself into the creek to escape a pack of roving hounds, before getting fished out by Melbourne tourist Mick Hussin.

The plucky young survivor has since been lovingly nursed back to health over the last six weeks by WIRES carer Renata Phelps.

Aged eight months and weighing 1.6kg upon his arrival, after many bottles of milk he has now reached a healthy 3.5kg.

He has made friends with fellow orphans Kia, Electra and Tabby, and is expected to be released into the wild early in the new year.

"He's a great little character," Ms Phelps said.

The Northern Star’s coverage of Lucky’s rescue.
The Northern Star’s coverage of Lucky’s rescue.

"They all have their different personalities. He loves hiding in the bushes during the day but at feed time he'll rush out and get his bottle."

Lucky is living in a nursery pen now, but will be gradually moved to the big yard and eventually a "soft" release where the gate is left open but he is not forced to leave.

He is starting to learn things vital to his survival in the wild, such as awareness of threats, how to hide, and becoming fully independent.

"He's a very lucky boy. When wallabies or kangaroos are chased by dogs like he was, they develop a stress response called myopathy," Ms Phelps said.

"It's a horrible slow death; their organs shut down from the chemicals released in the body from the stress event.

"He may have got a little bit of mild myopathy, but because he came into care very quickly, we give them huge amounts of liquid to flush out all those chemicals.

"Out in the wild without that help, he may not have made it."

Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Topics:  animals byron bay editors picks wallaby wildlife

premium_icon Revealed: Full list of Rocky region's top ranking schools

Rockhampton State High School principal Kirsten Dwyer.

Local underdog school takes out Rocky's best OP school ranking

Dash cam video captures Rocky hoon in action

Stills from the dash cam footage shows the Mazda undertaking cars in Allenstown.

Hoon undertakes on the left hand side of the road

Careers fair opens new options for Rocky students

rockhampton State High School students Gemma Roug, Molly Hartley and Tahlia Kiraly at the school's inaugural careers fair.

GALLERY: Students enjoy The Morning Bulletin's photo booth

Local Partners

To the stranger who Photoshopped my picture

MIRANDA agreed to have her photo taken with her mum in a jewellery store. When she logged onto Instagram the next day, she couldn’t believe her eyes.

Don't delay: this test could save your life

LIFE-SAVING: Rob Patch is on a mission to convince people to have their sleep apnoea checked in order to prevent an early death.

"The doctors said I had come there to die.”

Cricket's Merv Hughes can’t stomach drink and drug-drivers

AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26: Merv Hughes of Australia prepares to bowl on December 26, 1990 in Australia. (Photo by Getty Images)

former Australian cricketer’s first car was an HT Holden wagon.

Russia’s seedy ‘virginity trade’

On Russian social media, young girls and women are being recruited to sell their virginity to wealthy men. Picture: The Sun

Girls as young as 17 sell their virginity

Cancer teen married two days before death

19-year-old cancer patient Lydia Dominguez married her boyfriend Joshua Ordonez just two days before she died.

Teen with cancer dies after getting married two days earlier

Dad’s shock: ‘I was told I was a paedophile’

Karl Pollard was taking his daughter Stephanie to visit her sick grandmother. Picture: SWNS/Mega

Hotel apologises after wrongly accusing innocent dad of paedophilia