Ring wildlife hotline as soon as possible
IT IS always rewarding when people ring our hotline as soon as they notice distressed wildlife.
One phone call makes all the difference.
There have been cases recently where wildlife have been left to suffer unnecessarily.
Sometimes people think the bird or little possum looks very cute so they hold on to them for some time instead of seeking immediate help.
This time is so critical for an orphaned, sick or injured animal. The sooner an animal receives the appropriate care, the sooner it can be treated and returned home, or have its pain and suffering relieved.
One of our wildlife carers recently left for work at 6am instead of her usual 5.30am, which was fortunate for a poor little wallaby joey lying on the road.
The mother was dead some metres away. Still warm, she hadn’t been dead very long, but the joey was freezing.
Early intervention meant this little joey is now thriving with special care.
If people are unable to stop and check pouches, they can ring the WILVOS and a carer will go out and check.
It is imperative people don’t just reach in and pull a joey out of the pouch.
The little kangaroo, or possum may be firmly attached to the teat, and doing so could cause irreparable damage.
If you see wildlife on your property that looks like it needs help, please call as soon as possible.
Delay can mean death or needless suffering.
INJURED: The poor little wallaby joey was found on the road.