The ultimate reward for WILVOS is releasing a rehabilitated animal back into its natural habitat. One of those sad but happy days!
From the moment a call is received through the WILVOS 5441 6200 hotline number, the priority is ensuring that animal will be given appropriate care and feeding to allow it to retain its wild behavioural traits and natural dietary needs as much as possible. With adult animals this is not so difficult. They are treated with minimum handling and stress.
Orphaned wildlife, especially the very young, are more of a challenge because they need the extra handling and security. Yes, they are a delight and look on their carer as their new Mum, but this mothering has to have balance. Young birds and marsupials are the main wildlife coming into care and these animals do tend to bond closely with their carer. At a certain stage the handling and interaction is reduced and wildlife are encouraged to develop their natural wild instincts. This is by necessity.
When native animals are treated as ‘pets’ their eventual release and safety is hindered. WILVOS have a great training and network system that helps new carers through the various stages of care. With all the time, effort and love put into rearing native animals, wildlife carers soon realize the importance of having their patients prepared correctly for their eventual release and survival. It really is a matter of life or death.
Release sites are carefully chosen but it is tough out there. We are fortunate in having very adept tree climbers for installing possums in their nesting boxes. Not an easy task! It is always exciting when monitoring further down the track shows that an animal has bred young ones out in the wild. That is success and the perfect scenario. It would be wonderful to have more monitoring of released wildlife done, but meanwhile we strive to do our very, very best.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS)
PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au