One of the most important people to own a pet wallaby was former President Calvin Coolidge, U.S.’s 30th president. Wallabies are native to Australia, but you can own one anywhere in the world as long as you acquire them legally and you have pertinent permits to own them. But because wallabies are exotic pets, they have slightly different needs from food to pet grooming products. Moreover, wallabies live from 12 to 15 years, so make sure you’re serious about owning one before falling for a cute albino wallaby.
Do Wallabies Make Good Pet
If you adore kangaroos, soft fur, and playful attitude, then a wallaby should make a good pet. Wallabies are pretty jolly animals to watch hopping and mowing your turf while you sip hot cocoa in your garden patio. But, the fun pretty much end right there. You can cuddle a baby wallaby, but once they’re fully grown, it’s best to let them be. Socializing your wallaby should make grooming easy, but in general it’s best to handle a wallaby only during grooming.
Housing a Wallaby
Wallabies roam far and wide in their natural habitat in the Outback. So to keep your wallabies happy and fit, you should provide a relatively wide lawn if you can’t afford an acre to graze your wallabies. However, it’s important to install chicken wire or at least 6 feet, sturdy picket fence because wallabies are known to jump over short fences.
If you can’t afford a small barn, you can house them indoor at night and during winter. However, you must provide a separate room to accommodate your wallabies because they can be such wreckers if left to wander in the living room. Wallabies love cold weather, but they should not be let out in the snow.
Feeding a Wallaby
Even more important than pet grooming products is wallaby food. The marsupial is strictly herbivore, but you can feed it with rabbit or horse pellet with added vitamin E and selenium. However, don’t feed you wallabies solely with pellet diet; give them fresh leafy greens to chew such as grape vines and romaine lettuce. You can also give raw sweet potato, carrots, grapes, apples and apple twigs to your wallaby. But in general, go easy on sweet food items to prevent obesity. To keep wallabies’ teeth short, always make hay available in their barn.
Grooming a Wallaby
Surprisingly, wallabies don’t smell bad at whatever age. You don’t need special pet grooming products for your pet wallaby except hoof and claw file. Indoor wallabies’ hooves and claws can grow quite sharp that they need occasional filing. To clean your wallabies’ ears, you can use your dog’s ear disinfectant and a cotton ball, just like you would on your dog. Other than these, you don’t need expensive pet grooming products for your wallabies.
Socializing a Wallaby
It’s best to get your wallabies as a baby, about 6 to 7 months old. Getting them while they’re young gives you a lot of time to socialize your marsupials. And like other kangaroos, Joey wallabies love to be carried in a pouch close to your body. There are specialized marsupial carrying aprons with pockets you can buy from online pet supplies store, or you can have one tailor made for you. You can carry your baby wallabies until you wean them from feeding bottles.
Preventing Common Wallaby Diseases
If proper diet supplemented with vitamin E and selenium is given to your wallabies, expect fewer occurrences of common diseases such as muscular dystrophy. Your wallabies also need deworming every 6 months or as advised by your vet. During winter, keep your wallabies indoor or in a warm barn to dispel the occurrence of pneumonia.