Saving animals rarely seen in our area

It is always refreshing and inspiring to see so many people out there really care about our unique wildlife. To take the time to call our WILVOS 5441 6200 hotline means the difference between life and death for injured and orphaned wildlife.

A lovely lady at Maroochydore found a young ringtail possum joey curled up in her yard, Nearby she saw the mother with another young one lying partly underneath her. The female had been dead for a considerable time and was very smelly. Jan immediately rang WILVOS hotline and arrangements were made to pick up the little one. While waiting, this caring lady went out to bury the dead mother and other dead joey. She was most surprised to find this young one was also alive. The Australian Wildlife Hospital kept them overnight to administer extra fluids and monitor their condition. These lucky little ringtail possums are now with one of our carers and are improving by the day.

Our hotline also receives calls about unusual animals or animals that haven’t been seen in an area for some time. A caller from Belli saw a very healthy koala up a tree but rang in to say he hadn’t seen one in the area for twenty years. Another resident, on an afternoon walk at Cooloolabin saw the first koala he had seen there in almost forty years. This information is valuable, especially with koalas. I explained this to a caller just yesterday. There was a koala sitting in the fork of a tree at Cooran, and again a healthy animal.

About fifteen years ago WILVOS had the first brush-tailed phascogale come into our care. Since then, after receiving calls from members of the public, we have discovered they live in more areas than previously thought. Injured phascogales have been rescued from Rosemount, Browns Creek Road, Kiamba and Belli.

This recorded information will help the future of our wildlife, and they need all the help they can get as humans impact more and more on their environment.

Caring for a tiny forest kingfisher

The ‘baby bird season’ doesn’t seem to be quite so defined these past months. Orphaned birds and over-adventurous fledglings are still coming through on our 5441 6200 hotline. The ideal outcome is to reunite them with parents but that is not always possible.

I am caring for a tiny forest kingfisher at the moment. The most beautiful little bird, it was found in a horse trough. It has recovered and another juvenile of the same species came in just a week later. Now with muscles strengthened they are flying well, and with ‘hunting skills’ improving, release day is at hand.

There has also been a number of animals drowned in or retrieved from swimming pools. It is a good idea to anchor some thick rope, or similar, to the side of the pool and place in the water so it gives animals a way out. This may not look aesthetic, but neither is a drowned koala, bandicoot or possum. Just use your ingenuity to design an escape route! The little artificial frangipani flowers are often floated in pools to save small birds and bees from drowning as they get over-enthusiastic in skimming the water.

It is the little things that we can do that will help our wildlife survive.