The WILVOS 5441 6200 Hotline doesn’t only get native animals calls. Unfortunately, because no one else wants to help, we receive call about domestic animals in distress. Animal welfare is always our priority.
Our poor volunteer Hotliner was bombarded with wildlife calls on one of the weekend shifts but had those all under control. Next a call came from a very concerned lady who had found a bunch of ‘chooks’ that appear to have been dumped in the Mapleton Forest, in the middle of nowhere. One was already dead and a couple of others looked very unwell. She realized the Council office wouldn’t be open till Monday so rang the RSPCA. Their solution was for her to catch the chooks and take them home, but as she explained, it was not an option to take more than a dozen fowl home to her unit!
Our lovely Hotliner contacted one of our willing WILVOS carers, who was able to help. Her neighbours had chickens and they went up and caught the poor lice-ridden birds. All twenty-two of them. A couple of them were egg bound. Hopefully, they are now regaining their health with these kind people near Mapleton. Thank you all for your kindness.
Our animals often suffer greatly at the hands of humans. A friend mentioned to me that maybe the Coronavirus was nature’s way of deterring people from eating wildlife. Those that saw the consumption of live wildlife on television were disgusted. I’m glad I missed that! We can only hope it will help slow down the cruel live wildlife trade.
It is also a time when we should be looking at those labels and only buying Australian grown produce.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS) PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au