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Home Kidney Care adopts wallaby as 'honorary team member'

Home Kidney Care adopts wallaby as 'honorary team member'

January 16, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Home-Kidney-Care-pet-wallaby_blog.jpgSmaller than a kangaroo and hailing from Australia, you can't help but go "awww" when you see a wallaby.  Nona Rose is a 14-month old pet wallaby owned by a home hemodialysis patient of Home Kidney Care.  The staff has taken a liking to Nona and decided to informally adopt her as an "honorary team member" of the center.

Most of the staff and a few of the pediatric patients met Nona when she was 7 months old.  Nona's owner has a small farm with several marsupials, including Nona's mom, and has taught the staff many fascinating facts about wallabies.  Did you know...

- Young wallabies are known as "joeys" like many other marsupials, such as kangaroos.
- They grow to be about 6 feet from head to tail with strong hind legs for bounding and kicking.
- Wallabies call the remote wooded and rugged areas of Australia and New Guinea home.

Nona has provided the nurses an educational opportunity to reinforce infection control practices related to having pets and other animals in close proximity to patients.



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