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Victorian floods take toll on wombats, possums and kangaroos in Echuca, Shepparton

Unheralded victims flood emergency: Selina the wombat swims for her life and waterlogged roos search for higher ground as ‘unprecedented’ downpour continues across Australia

  • Wombats have been filmed desperately trying to escape rising flood waters 
  • Possums, kangaroos and all manner of native animals have been impacted 
  • Selina the wombat remains trapped on an island after she burrowed into a dam 
  • A wombat in Echuca was seen wading through flood waters as the Murray bursts
  • A flood appeal has been set up by Wildlife Victoria to help stricken animals  

Tragic scenes of Australian native animals scurrying to flee rising flood waters continue to emerge as Victoria’s flood emergency surges on. 

As residents in the border town of Echuca continue to sandbag the town, video has emerged of a wombat called Selina swimming through flood waters on the outskirts of town. 

The video was captured by a Wildlife Australia volunteer – one of many whom have flocked to Victoria’s north to help save thousands of displaced animals. 

Kangaroos displaced by rising flood waters in Shepparton on Monday 

Baby possums rescued by Wildlife Victoria in the floods

Baby possums rescued by Wildlife Victoria in the floods 

On Friday, Daily Mail Australia reported on the plight of wombats caught up in the floods north of Melbourne. 

An image showed the heartbreaking moment a wombat and its tiny joey fled rising floodwaters. 

The photo was captured by staff at the Molesworth Recreation Reserve and Caravan Park- situated situated a little over 100kms northeast of Melbourne’s CBD on the Goulburn River. 

The fate of the wombat and its joey remains unknown, with the caravan park and its residents fighting a losing battle against the rising flood waters. 

On Monday, more sad stories highlighting the plight of Victoria’s wildlife continued to emerge. 

Photos of bedraggled baby possums, soaking wet kookaburras, frightened kangaroos and even homeless lizards have been posted to social media.  

A wombat swims for its life after becoming trapped in floodwaters in Echuca

A wombat swims for its life after becoming trapped in floodwaters in Echuca 

Wildlife Victoria has set up an appeal to help its efforts to save animals caught up in the floods

Wildlife Victoria has set up an appeal to help its efforts to save animals caught up in the floods 

In what can be regarded as some rare good news among the animal crisis, a wombat named Selina has been found alive and well after escaping her prison island in the Macedon Ranges – northwest of the CBD. 

Selina had dug a burrow in high ground after being flooded out in the area a few weeks ago. 

That burrow had become an island over the weekend, with concerns she had been swept away. 

Overnight, Selina and her friend ‘Wimble’ were captured on night vision cameras on dry land after somehow escaping their island. 

A little bush mouse named Antechinus was not so fortunate and remains trapped there until the water subsides. 

Wildlife Australia has set up an appeal aimed at raising funds that will go directly to its Emergency Rescue Service.

The organisation is running a phone line 24-hours a day so its travelling vets can respond to wildlife emergencies in the field.

A kangaroo find a dry spot to rest after escaping flood waters in Victoria's north

A kangaroo find a dry spot to rest after escaping flood waters in Victoria’s north 

Selina the wombat made a burrow in high ground when the flood waters began to rise.

Selina the wombat made a burrow in high ground when the flood waters began to rise. 

Selina was later spotted on dry land after escaping the island

Selina was later spotted on dry land after escaping the island 

The organisation has received more than 1000 calls for help over the past 48 hours. 

While Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday announced a $351 million package to give regional Victorian communities the immediate support they need, the state’s wildlife have been left to defend to themselves.

On Friday, a Molesworth Recreation Reserve and Caravan Park staffer told Daily Mail Australia the mother and joey they pictured were not the only wombats scurrying for their lives. 

‘There were wombats everywhere searching for higher ground. It’s a terrible situation with the Goulburn right now,’ the spokesperson said. 

‘Our entire park is under water and it’s getting deeper and deeper so hoping eases soon.’ 

Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp told radio 3AW on Monday the floodwaters were expected to continue causing chaos for days to come.  

‘Echuca had its first peak, so that happened overnight, but as this water works its way up to Goulburn, it will see a second peak in Echuca on Tuesday and Wednesday,’ he said.

‘Even though the water is slightly receding in Echuca, it’s still got major flooding levels, there’s still significant risk there but it’s the next peak we are looking at.’

Mr Crisp said a State of Disaster had not yet been declared despite wild weather and flooding expected to last four to six weeks.

A local resident carries a sandbag through a flooded street in Shepparton

A local resident carries a sandbag through a flooded street in Shepparton

Local residents prepare sandbags at Shepparton Showground

Local residents prepare sandbags at Shepparton Showground 

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