Many of the native animals that come to WILVOS are extremely lucky to be alive. Some go through unimaginable trauma, and some of the members of the public also show great initiative and courage in dealing with situations that arise. Recently a very young eastern grey kangaroo came to one of our WILVOS carers through the Australian Wildlife Hospital. The female kangaroo had been hit by a car and was wedged underneath the vehicle. Fortunately the driver’s son was able, with some difficulty, to remove the dead animal from under the car. The in-pouch joey appeared uninjured.
It is never easy to deal with the situation when an animal has been hit by a car but these people immediately took the joey to a vet at Tanawha. He was then transferred by medics, who were more used to human patients, to the Wildlife Hospital for xrays and a full check-up. WILVOS were called to take on the rehabilitation, and the little joey arrived in care with just minimal swelling and bruising to his leg, which was bandaged to give support and help alleviate any pain.
The response by these people meant the survival of another of our unique native animals. This caring attitude is most appreciated by wildlife carers and undoubtedly by the animals!
Each day our WILVOS hotline receives numerous calls, and our volunteers do a wonderful job of maintaining this service. Many of the calls at this time of year are about young birds that have fallen out of nests, or they overestimate their flying ability! If the birds are uninjured and the parents are seen in the vicinity, an artificial nest is made and hung up nearby and parents are usually happy to resume their feeding of the young. This has to be monitored to make sure it does happen, but usually it is successful even if the nest is suspended a short distance from where the original nest was. It is not always possible to relocate a nest ten metres up a tree! The birds do not mind if their chicks have been handled by humans. It is a fallacy that they will reject them in these circumstances.
No matter how good our wildlife rehabilitation practices are, the animals’ parents are always the best at rearing their young.