We have so many wonderful people who do so much to ensure the welfare of domestic animals, yet we still have some pet owners themselves who have no respect for their own pets. It is not unusual to see cats wandering suburban streets. Don’t their owners worry about them getting run over? I just find this hard to understand.
So many people ring to complain about birds being killed in their back yard by cats. I would like to see more people get traps from the Council and then take the cat to the pound. If cat owners have to pay for their return then chances are they will be more inclined to contain their pets. Often dog owners are understandably upset that their dogs seem to have to adhere to more stringent laws than cats. Eventually, equality will catch up with enforcement of our domestic animal management plans.
Our wildlife also suffers from total inconsideration from humans. There was a phone call last week from someone who had been keeping a small kangaroo in the chook pen. When it became seriously ill, this lady decided to ring up. Sadly, this happens too often when it is too late. The stress of such confinement, without the security of a comfortable pouch, along with lack of knowledge on how to care for wildlife just invites disaster.
Not all is doom and gloom! Wildlife carers have to retain a sense of humour (as we mumble obscenities about the human race!) and enjoy the rewards that come our way. I had my reward this week releasing my rehabilitated Echidna, watching it waddle off into the forest undergrowth and digging with gusto around a fallen, rotting tree. I will miss that little character in my yard! Echidnas are so good at hiding, but my two young neighbours, Maddie and Lara, always discover where they are. They are the greatest echidna spotters!
There is always another intensive care patient waiting to claim any spare time. A young Swamp Wallaby arrived with tendon damage and is now sporting two splinted legs. Hopefully the outcome will be a good one and with plenty of physio over the next month or so, all will bode well for the future.