Emergency Hotline: 07 5441 6200

We are very lucky with our weather patterns in urban south-east Queensland. We may
grumble that it’s too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry but that is so trivial compared with the
tragedies happening around Australia. To help the farmers come back from their losses of
livelihood and homes, we need to buy Australian products. The floods in Townsville and
bushfires in Tasmania have also destroyed people’s physical property, along with their
emotional well-being.
Meanwhile, WILVOS 5441 6200 Hotline is kept busy. With todays technology we receive
calls about animals in distress from all over Australia. The calls from disaster areas are heart-
wrenching. WILVOS will help with advice on any animals needing assistance.
For some reason, I am rehabilitating a number animals from Imbil at the moment. Firstly, the
lovely little red-necked wallaby, then two little figbirds. This week a call came in for a
macropod joey. Driving through the Imbil forest the people had hit and killed the mother.
Fortunately, they stopped to check her and to look for a pouch. There was a little just-furred
joey in there.
The lady was coming down this way so we met at the highway roundabout. One look told
me this was a little pademelon – an exquisite, delicate little joey. It was very lethargic, could
barely open its eyes, and this caused immediate concern.
There was a severe fracture to the tail so it was quickly given the all important pain relief,
and the tail splinted to help ease the pain. Continuing on my way to pick up an echidna from
the Woombye vets, I was able to get in to see the wonderful vet, Charlotte, who always
works miracles with my native (and domestic) animals.
After thorough investigation, extra fluids and some professional assistance with the tail splint,
it was fingers crossed. Kali has now found the will to live and eagerly awaits each bottle and
is chewing on grass, roots, and leaftip.
The beauty of these animals coming from Imbil means they go back to a lovely rural area,
away from the development and human habitation of the coastal region.
Donna Brennan Wildlife Volunteers Assoc Inc (WILVOS) PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast
Mail Centre Q 4560 PH 5441 6200 www.wilvos.org.au