Too many peo­ple still not re­port­ing in­juries

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - DONNA BRENNAN

IT’S good news to hear we should be get­ting some rain. This dry, cold weather is so hard on our wildlife.

Nev­er­the­less, no an­i­mals, whether bird, mam­mal or rep­tile, should be fed food or given water when they ini­tially come into care. In a weak state, the water may go straight to their lungs.

Sadly, hot­line is still re­ceiv­ing calls about wildlife be­ing hit by a car and the driver has done noth­ing to help.

For­tu­nately, some­one else has ob­served the event, or the in­jured an­i­mal on the side of the road, and rung so the an­i­mal can be picked up and pouches checked.

I have one very trau­ma­tised lit­tle swamp wal­laby that has come in af­ter it was found hid­ing, ter­ri­fied, in its mother’s pouch. It is dif­fi­cult, of­ten dan­ger­ous, for driv­ers to stop but all that is needed is a call with the lo­ca­tion of the an­i­mal, and we will deal with it.

I must thank Fairhill Nurs­ery at Yan­d­ina for their gen­er­ous do­na­tion of plants for the pre-re­lease macro­pod pad­dock. Rose­mount Nurs­ery, out­side Nam­bour, also has a sign up telling their visi­tors they may buy a plant and do­nate to the cause. Your sup­port is most ap­pre­ci­ated.

As ac­quit­tal time ap­proaches, WILVOS would also like to thank the Sun­shine Coast Coun­cil for their gen­er­ous grant as part of the three-year En­vi­ron­ment Levy Part­ner­ship grant.

It al­lows WILVOS to help wildlife car­ers with sub­sidy for their wildlife food, along with an aviary loan scheme and the cost of main­tain­ing our 24 hour hot­line. This hot­line has meant that for over 25 years WILVOS has pro­vide a res­cue, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re­lease ser­vice for wildlife in the area.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RES­CUED: swamp Pomona. Pom­mie wal­laby the from

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