Birds suffering shocking injuries from shooters
THIS is just one of several birds shot over the Christmas break, then left for dead.
Wildlife careers Peter and Glenda Harvey say every school holidays their sanctuary is flooded with birds who have been seriously injured by ‘kids’ looking for something to do.
‘‘Every school holidays we get this,’’ Mr Harvey said.
‘‘Happy hunting season for kids . . . it’s either kids or kids who haven’t matured.
‘‘I’ll get 10 to 15 birds with bullet holes in them over the Christmas break. Some can be saved, some can’t.’’
Mr Harvey said his most recent bird victims were bought in suffering shocking gunshot injuries to their wings.
‘‘But they’re the lucky ones,’’ he said.
‘‘There’s a heap that just die out in the scrub like mongrel dogs that just starve to death,’’ he said.
‘‘But the disturbing part of it is that it happens in the suburbs as well, it’s not just rural.
‘‘I’ve got a little keol . . . he was shot and found at the back of Vincent Village.’’
The second bird, a white cockatoo, was found shot on Forestry Rd near Bluewater.
‘‘The white cockatoo’s injuries (appear to be) from a BB gun because of the amount of shattering on the bone,’’ he said.
‘‘He needs surgery on his arm because the bone is shattered.
‘‘. . . he was bought into me two days ago but by the look of him he was shot over a week ago.
‘‘He has been sitting in the scrub with no water and no food and with these horrific injuries until someone was kind enough to bring him in.’’
Mr Harvey appealed to the community for help to save the cockatoo.
‘‘I am prepared to put him into long term care for 10 to 20 years, whatever it takes,’’ Mr Harvey said.
He said the cost for surgery would be in the vicinity of $400, but it was a cost he and his wife could not afford.
‘‘If someone out there wants to help pay the $400 so it can have a second chance at life I would be very grateful,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s inhumane and it’s totally unnecessary.’’
Mr Harvey pleaded with parents to supervise their children or encourage them into other activities.
‘‘If the children want target practice, whether it’s air rifles, BB guns or whatever firearms . . . their parents should set them up a line of tins and they can shoot them.
‘‘No one wants to dob anyone (responsible) in but I just wish they would.’’
Mr Harvey said over the last two days, about six birds had been brought into the sanctuary suffering a range of injuries from being shot to birds that were starving.
Anyone who sees wildlife injured has been urged to contact the RSPCA.
SENSELESS . . . Peter Harvey with the wounded white cockatoo