Wombats are specialised burrowing marsupials, the three species being the Common (Bare-nosed), Northern & Southern Hairy-nosed. Wombats are herbivorous, and have a grazing diet consisting mostly of high-fibre native grasses. Being marsupials, they are born extremely undeveloped and remain in the mother's pouch for a prolonged period during early development. The young exit the pouch once fully-furred and continue to consume mother's milk until weaning on to solid foods. The milk of wombats changes significantly in composition over the course of lactation. We make 3 different stages of Wombat Milk Replacer to cater for the widely different nutritional needs of the developing joey.
Latex teat with medium nipple suitable for:
- Large Dogs
- Large Possums
- Pouch-bound wombats
- Pouch-bound koalas.
Sleeve fits Wombaroo Feeding Bottle or any bottle with neck diameter of 18-24mm.
The teat should resemble the mother's in size and shape to ensure mouth comfort, fit and correct tooth eruption.
There is no hole in the teats, so the carer needs to make a hole to suit the animal being fed. Pierce the tip of the teat with a hot needle to make a hole about 1 mm in diameter, or for large animals, cut a hole with scissors. If the hole is too small, excessive sucking will quickly weaken the tip and the end will blow out. If this is happening then the hole is probably too small for the animal. Make a larger hole. The hole should be large enough for milk to drip out slowly, when the bottle is inverted.
Small animals can be fed using a syringe with a teat pulled over the end, to give greater control of milk flow with the plunger. Guidance should be obtained from experienced carers on correct feeding technique for different animals.
Care & Storage
Latex is a natural product. Deterioration can be slowed by storing teats in a dry place away from light. An opaque, airtight container should be used. Immediately after use, teats should be washed in warm soapy water, dried and stored as above. Some carers sterilise by boiling or with infant sterilising solutions.