SURVIVAL OF THE FURRIEST: Safe Haven Australian Animal Care and Education founder Tina Janssen was relieved they still had all 20 wombats after Cyclone Marcia made its way through Mount Larcom.
SURVIVAL OF THE FURRIEST: Safe Haven Australian Animal Care and Education founder Tina Janssen was relieved they still had all 20 wombats after Cyclone Marcia made its way through Mount Larcom. Luka Kauzlaric

Frantic race to save wombats after generator fails

TINA Janssen was most concerned about losing six years of work to replenish the stocks of endangered wildlife when Cyclone Marcia made its way through Mount Larcom.

But it was not until Saturday that the real issues began, when their emergency generator that was powering the air-conditioners for 20 wombats stopped working.

The southern hairy nosed wombats are one of many species in a breeding program in Safe Haven Australian Animal Care and Education.

At 11am on Saturday Ms Janssen noticed the damage, which prompted a frantic call for help on their Facebook page.

By 3pm, Cutuli Electrical staff were at the property to fix the generator and save the wombats.

"They would've died if it wasn't fixed then because their bodies heat up and it would have been too intense for them.

"The air conditioners are critical since they can't burrow," she said.

There were trees downed all through their property.

They lost five bridled nailtail wallabies during the cyclone from falling trees.

"There was nothing we could do about that, but when we had generator problems that brought everything to a screaming halt. We didn't want to lose any wombats."

The organisation is in need of food for animals, including carrot, corn and sweet potato.

For more, visit the Safe Haven - AACE Facebook page.



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