It is always rewarding when people ring our WILVOS 5441 6200 as soon as they notice distressed wildlife. It may be an animal lying by the side of the road, or in the back yard. Maybe the bird just doesn’t look right, the feathers fluffed up, or that possum is down on the ground. Your one phone call makes all the difference.
There have been sad cases recently where wildlife have been left to suffer unnecessarily. Sometimes people, understandably, think the bird or little possum looks very cute so they hold on to them for some time. This time is so critical for an orphaned, sick or injured animal. The sooner an animal receives the appropriate care, the sooner it can be treated and returned home, or have its pain and suffering relieved. Caught in the early stages such situations as illness or injuries may be successfully treated. Early splinting of fractures can also mean the difference between life and death, and easing of pain. Wildlife are designed to hide their injuries as their life depends on disguising any vulnerability to predators.
One of our wildlife carers recently left for work at 6 am instead of her usual 5.30am which was very fortunate for the poor little wallaby joey lying on the road, not far from Anita’s home. The mother was dead some metres away. Still warm, she hadn’t been dead very long, but the joey was freezing. This early intervention meant this little joey is now thriving with special care.
If people are unable to stop and check pouches, they can ring the WILVOS hotline 5441 6200 number and a carer will go out and check. It is imperative that people don’t just reach in and pull a joey out of the pouch. The little kangaroo, or possum may be firmly attached to the teat, in which case irreparable damage can be done to the joey. The joey needs to be removed carefully from the teat, and then removed very carefully by scooping under their back, not pulling on tail or legs.
If you see wildlife on your property that looks like it needs help, please call as soon as possible. Delay can mean death or needless suffering.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS)
PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org