This week our 5441 6200 Hotline received one of those calls that is extra depressing. Someone called in from south of Gympie about a squirrel glider entangled on a barbed wire fence.
It is imperative to get help to the animal quickly as this is so cruel and painful for the animal.
The Gympie wildlife group was phoned for assistance and fortunately one of their carers was on his way south. It is best to have at least two sets of hands to get an animal off a barbed wire fence. It is always preferable not to cut the barbed wire. Needless to say if it springs back it is dangerous for the people involved. We cover the animal, cut the barb off and rotate the glider where possible, and lift the membrane off the barb with another set of pliers. Of course, the least damage done to the gliding membrane the better.
Sadly, on arrival, this glider was already dead and had been for some time. What a slow, painful, torturous death. Animals can be entangled for many days before dying of heatstroke, cold, starvation and thirst. That this barbaric wire is still sold is tragic. So many species have died on those barbs – gliders, macropods, possums, birds, bats, reptiles and even echidnas.
Patented back in 1874, it really is time that people actually give thought to what happens when they install this wire. There are now options and these should be considered, instead of mindlessly erecting a fence that is going to mean the slow death to so many animals. I was brought up in country Queensland so understand all the implications.
www.wildlifefriendlyfencing.com is a good website to find out more information and hopefully everyone will spread the word. Even initially replacing the top strand with white sight wire makes a difference to the amount of animals trapped.
May 2019 bring some improvement of life for our native animals in their struggle for survival.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS) PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au