HABITAT ON THE MEND
Habitat recovering from dog attacks, but one man is asking questions
DESPITE the stress and trauma of last weeks dog attack at the Wildlife Habitat, manager Clare Anderson said there were no hard feelings towards the owner of the animals.
“We don’t wish any ill upon those dogs,” said Ms Anderson.
Seven animals were killed in the small hours of Wednesday morning last week by two local dogs that managed to get into the savannah enclosure at the popular tourist attraction.
Ms Anderson said while there had been fears for more animals dying of stress related conditions after the attack, so far none had died.
“We haven’t lost any more, which at this stage is remarkable. We’re still monitoring, and there’s still risk.”
The 20 animals that were physically injured continue to receive veterinary attention, and the whole population is being monitored for any longterm effects.
“There’s a definite positive change in them since the first day. We’re not out of the woods yet, but we’ll get there.”
Staff at the park had been spending plenty of time with the animals that were in the enclosure with the dogs.
“All the staff are taking the time to stop and give the ani- mals one-on-one attention,” she said.
The savannah enclosure had been kept closed to guests up until Tuesday this week, and Ms Anderson said visitors were understanding of the situation, and the closure had not affected business.
As a result of the attack, and after a full investigation had been carried out Ms Anderson said there may be some changes to the Habitat layout and boundaries to prevent anything similar happening.
“We’ll be working on upgrading what we have – safeguarding the park.”
On the culprit dogs behind the deaths of the seven animals, Ms Anderson said the Habitat wouldn’t be seeking further action against them or their owners.
We’ll be working on upgrading what we have – safeguarding the park
Clare Anderson, manager
Manager of Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas Clare Anderson with one of the injured eastern grey kangaroos, now on the mend
Port Douglas man Jon Perrin, whose backyard borders the Wildlife Habitat, heard the ruckus at the Wildlife Habitat early in the morning, but nobody responded to his calls for help for hours
Wildlife Habitat, Port Douglas.