Profile: janine hanks
- I am interested to hear if anyone has heard of homing instincts in shinglebacks. I am a vet and took home an injured bobtail about 6 months ago, I kept it over winter, it healed, and come summer I released it where it was found 6 months earlier. On the drive there, we happenned to come across another bobtail nearly getting killed on a main suburban road, so we picked that up also and release it with our female. At that time we noted the male had a scar on its tail. The release point was some 8 km as the crow flies through bushland (and one quiet road crossing) from our house. Unbelievably, there I was doing my thing around the house 12 days later when in walked the two bobtails. I am 100% sure that they are the same two. The female is obviously very tame as I fed her for 6 months. The male has a scar on his tail. Anyone who knows them knows that they are very distinguishable. My 7 year old son was upset as as I was releasing 'our' female, we noted that she had a tick in her right ear and he wanted to remove it. I had said never mind she'll probably get more out in the bush (not having any tweezers & not wanting to stress her on release) - sure enough se returned with the tick still in her ear!. I have googled and can find no mention of a homing instinct. Any comments!