With everyone in lockdown for the Easter Holidays, we expected our WILVOS 5441 6200 Hotline would be much quieter. (Where were the Bilby Easter Eggs?) There were less fishing line entanglements and road accident victims but our volunteers were still kept busy.
With the RSPCA Eumundi Wildlife Centre closed till further notice, and some other wildlife groups dealing with emergencies only, WILVOS are on call 24 hours a day as always. We are very aware of strict protocols with social distancing and hygiene.
Every orphaned and injured native animal is important to WILVOS, so fortunately the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is open. Many kilomentres are travelled by WILVO carers, taking wildlife to the hospital and transporting wildlife from the hospital to our carers.
Thanks to our wonderful Hotline volunteers, transporters, rehabilitators and most of all thanks to our wonderful members of the public who phone us. Many of those who called in were happy to take injured wildlife to the Wildlife Hospital or to wildlife carers nearby.
My thanks to Bridget who saw a beautiful big possum lying dead on the road. Stopping to check, she found it was a female, with a little furless joey in her pouch. Fortunately, Bridget knew not to pull the little one off the teat. After some massaging at the side of the mouth the teat was extricated and the tiny treasure was brought to me soon after.
If animals are unable to be contained and taken somewhere, then our carers are always happy to rescue/catch/collect. We try to minimize person to person contact as much as possible.
If anyone had told us a year ago that we would spend Easter 2020 in lockdown in the midst of a global pandemic, we would have said they were crazy! Maybe there is a silver lining and Australians will become more patriotic in these disastrous times.
I really believe more people will check where their products are produced, will support local businesses and will buy Australian made. There will also be many standing at the end of their driveways at 6am on Anzac Day, with candle burning, and The Last Post playing. I will miss the dawn service in Nambour this year.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS) PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au