Public to help wildlife
DAYTIME FEED: Belgian Gardens Year 7 student Jasmine Lee snapped this flying fox feeding during
the day in her back yard recently THOUSANDS of native animals have been left starving in the North following weeks of wild weather.
In the wake of cyclones A n t h o n y a n d Y a s i , together with weeks of rain, native animal habitats have been washed away or destroyed.
RSPCA’s State Wildlife c o - o r d i n a t o r J a n e t Gamble said inspectors have encountered a lot of injured birds and a large number of animals left homeless.
She said areas such as Ingham and Tully had experienced unrelenting rain which is hindering inspectors’ capabilities.
‘ ‘ F r u i t h a s b e e n s t r i p p e d o f f t r e e s , wildlife have nothing left to eat,’’ Ms Gamble said.
‘ ‘ Although t he t rees will re-generate, it will take some time.’’
Flying foxes have been sighted feeding during the day with Ms Gamble attributing the unusual behaviour to the recent weather.
‘ ‘ They’re s o hungry they start venturing out of normal eating habits,’’ she said.
‘‘ They come out during the day instead of at night.’’
The RSPCA is now asking for the public’s help to get animals re-homed and fed. The Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management has established a feeding program for endangered wildlife in affected habitat areas.
This includes providing f e e d i n g s t a t i o n s f o r cassowaries and other endangered wildlife.
‘‘ We don’t want to inadvertently tame animals by hand-feeding them,’’ Ms Gamble said.
‘‘ It’s important people go through Parks and Wildlife and t hrough carer groups to help out.’’