Ring wildlife hot­line as soon as pos­si­ble

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - WILVOS NEWS DONNA BREN­NAN

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

IN­JURED: The poor lit­tle wal­laby joey was found on the road.

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