Mandurah family’s quest to get eye surgery for Jed the joey

Rachael Farr and Jed the joey.
Rachael Farr and Jed the joey.

MANDURAH woman Rachael Farr is fundraising to help save her joey’s sight.

“Jed [the kangaroo] came into our care almost six months ago, his mother was hit by a car and killed,” she said.

“Despite all odds being stacked against him he pulled through.”

Ms Farr and her partner provided around the clock care by feeding him and toileting him every two to three hours starting with 10mls of milk per feed to the 80mls he drinks now.

The family were supported by carers and wildlife groups. A home has been found for Jed when he is old enough to start becoming independent.

“Jed has developed extremely well and is fit and healthy,” Ms Farr said.

However, two weeks ago she discovered clouding in Jed’s eyes. He has developed aggressive cataracts and is starting to go blind.

“After extensive research we found Rob a specialist vet with a lot of success in performing cataract surgery on kangaroos,” Ms Farr said.

The vet has halved the surgery price from $4500 to $2200 and the Farr family are fundraising to get the surgery.

They have set up a Gofundme page to help pay for the surgery and donations can also be made at the Greenfields Vet Hospital.

Ms Farr said any leftover funds will be donated to native wildlife groups.

She hopes to book Jed in for his procedure on September 18.