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Look out for wildlife during wild weather

Thursday, March 30, 2017

As the storms continue to lash southern Queensland and the rain moves into northern NSW today we are expecting to receive more calls to assist animals in need. 

At these times our rescue line can be extremely busy, but there are some simple things you can do to help.

Coping with extreme weather results in stress and shock for wildlife and birds are often the most impacted by becoming water logged, unable to fly or seabirds can be blown off course.

If you find a bird in this state, you can pick them up by gently wrapping them in a small towel or soft cloth with no loose threads, where it is safe to do so. Then, take them inside and place in a ventilated box large enough for the bird to stand, place a soft cloth on the bottom of the box and let the bird warm up and dry out in peace and quiet.

Please do not feed the bird. If you feel it needs food please call WIRES for advice first.

Once the weather has settled and the bird has dried out, it can be taken back outside for release. To do this, open the box slowly and move back. The bird should fly away. If this does not happen please call WIRES for further advice.

After wild weather you may also see freshwater turtles or other reptiles in unusual places. If a turtle’s shell is cracked or there is sign of injury it’s advisable you take it to the nearest veterinarian. Otherwise you can re-locate it near a safe freshwater source.

Small possums and gliders may also be found under trees after severe storms – we suggest that you check the hollows of any fallen trees if it is safe to do so.

Finally, please be vigilant on the road and keep an eye out for wildlife. Take care and stay safe.

Please call WIRES on 1300 094 737 for advice and assistance.