Re­ha­bil­i­tated birds freed

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

VOL­UN­TEERS and wildlife of­fi­cers re­leased eight re­ha­bil­i­tated Carn­aby’s white tail black cock­a­toos in Yanchep Na­tional Park on Thurs­day evening.

The birds had been in care at Na­tive An­i­mal Res­cue (NAR) for about a year, hav­ing first re­ceived treat­ment at Perth Zoo and then as­sessed by the Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW) be­fore the May 18 re­lease.

Depart­ment wildlife of­fi­cer Karen Smith, Mr Jones and half a dozen vol­un­teers helped catch the birds for band­ing and DNA test­ing at the Malaga cen­tre on May 17.

Many of the birds were found with in­juries caused by ve­hi­cle strikes across Perth, in­clud­ing in Joon­dalup, Hil­larys, Wan­neroo, Swan View, Swan­bourne and Beechboro.

There was also one bird found in Bel­hus that had been shot and some had neu­ro­log­i­cal is­sues but no signs of in­jury, so it may have eaten poi­sonous food.

NAR black cock­a­too team leader Michael Jones said about 20 vol­un­teers worked with the cock­a­toos, pro­vid­ing fresh fo­liage, seeds and wa­ter daily, and mon­i­tor­ing their re­cov­ery.

“We nor­mally do the re­leases once a year at this time when it is cooler,” he said.

Mr Jones said half the vol­un­teers were able to at­tend the re­lease and help open the car­rier cages.

Mrs Smith said be­fore catch­ing the birds, they ob­served them fly­ing through the aviary to make sure there were no out­stand­ing in­juries.

“They are in this aviary to main­tain their fit­ness. It’s a good thing when they are hard to catch be­cause that means they are fit and healthy,” she said. Pic­tures: Martin Ken­nealey

Mr Jones said they ini­tially planned to re­lease 10 birds but only eight had re­cov­ered enough.

Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov. au.

Call the Wild­care Helpline on 9474 9055 to re­port sick, in­jured or or­phaned na­tive an­i­mals, or snake re­moval. For in­for­ma­tion on vol­un­teer­ing, visit na­tivean­i­mal­res­cue.org.au or call 9249 3434.

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Take off: Na­tive An­i­mal Res­cue staff and vol­un­teers and Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife staff re­leas­ing the birds.

Team leader Michael Jones and vol­un­teer Lizzie Hel­li­well.

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