Thank you ever so much Ute and I hope you all love this fantastic Q&A! (It's got some awesome wildlife pictures to go along with it, too!)
|This is Bubbles, the echidna.|
I grew up in a culture (Germany) where animal liberation was a lot more powerful than it was here in Australia at the time. My wish to help animals developed naturally. In addition, I have a caring nature, so of course that makes me want to help not just animals but humans, too. I think that was also the case for Dr Tony Helman, who wrote the text for Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales.
*What is one of the founding reasons you decided to compile the book, Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales?
|Dr. Anthony Helman.|
*What is your deepest wish it (Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales) will do to the world?
Encourage other people to support and help wildlife and animals in general.
*Why do you love the world's animals?
We evolved from animals - I feel connected to them. Just look into the eyes of a orangutan (not that I do that very often!) or a dog and I am sure that you know what I mean.
*Do you have a favourite creature?
|Ute Wegmann, who's answered these very questions!|
*Is there a most inspiring story of wildlife carer and animal you heard?
Yes, I was most impressed by the whole aboriginal community in Mapoon (not just one particular carer) in Far North Queensland which decided to rescue sea turtles instead of eating them! They support a turtle conservation centre and train their own rangers to help them. If you want to know more about it, read my book!
*Were there times you believed Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales would be pointless, futile?
*Overall, what do you think it has accomplished as a point of getting people to understand their actions and work on helping animals and living more wisely?
Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales has just been released, so I don't know yet. I hope it will make people think more about these issues.
*For aspiring nature workers, carers, what ideas can you give to getting a job working with animals in need of care?
|The lovely platypus Millsom.|
|This is a baby Oive Ridley turtle.|
|And this is a baby possum.|
|Wild Whiskers and Tender Tales by Ute Wegmann and Anthony Helman, available now from Wakefield Press.|
Thank you again Ute!