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Read about WIRES native animal rescue and care stories and updates on WIRES work with wildlife.

Southern Giant Petrel rescued in eastern Sydney

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

This is a white phase Southern Giant Petrel, Macronectes giganteus. The bird was found ashore at Clovelly side of Gordon's Bay on the rocks exhausted, late on Saturday afternoon the 3rd August 2019 by local residents, Greg and Janine. Greg and his wife took the bird to Sydney Veterinary Emergency & Specialists in Rosebery. The veterinary staff on duty consulted Taronga Wildlife Hospital and administered necessary fluids to rehydrate the exhausted animal as first aid. The bird was then picked up by local WIRES East branch volunteer Michaela Sukopova. It did not take long for the bird to start showing signs of feeling better. Michaela subsequently called SOSSA to properly identify the species and for consultation on how to best house and care for the bird overnight until it could be taken into rehabilitation.  read more

Possum with head trapped in glass jar makes full recovery and is released

Friday, June 14, 2019

A possum found with a glass jar stuck over his head in Blaxland has been released to the same tree he was rescued from following expert treatment from vets and WIRES.

“It was a textbook release,” said WIRES carer Judith Carter, who attended the initial rescue and cared for the adult male brushtail possum overnight.

“We got there just after dark, and I held up the carrier to his tree. When I opened the lid, he poked his little head out and had a look around. He knew exactly where he was, and scampered up the tree.”
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It's time to end their suffering.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Netting entanglements can result in constriction wounds, abrasions, fractured bones and even death. Any netting which has holes large enough for your pinky to fit through is a danger for wildlife.

As Flying-foxes forage for food, their toes and wings can get caught in the netting holes. The more they struggle to get free by twisting and turning their bodies, the more entangled they become.   read more

A very special Joey

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Earlier this year WIRES received a call from someone in Northern NSW who had been handed a very tiny joey. The mother had been caught in a trap, and when she was released she quickly disappeared, leaving her joey behind.
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Goanna swallows six golf balls!

Thursday, April 04, 2019

For many native animals eggs are a natural part of their diet and it is not uncommon for WIRES to be called to rescue Lace Monitors caught raiding chicken coops.

Typically WIRES would advise simply opening the coop to allow the Goanna to make a hasty retreat - however this case was a bit different.

Lachlan, the chicken keeper, had placed six golf balls in his laying boxes to encourage the chickens to lay there. The golf balls were nowhere to be seen so Lachlan made a life-saving decision, he closed the door and called WIRES.  

Rescuers Martin and Brett attended and collected ‘Tiger’ the Goanna and promptly took him to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for x-rays and assessment. The six golf balls and three chicken eggs could be clearly seen in the x-ray!  read more

Community Course - Introduction to Australian Wildlife

Thursday, January 31, 2019

We are excited to launch our free Australian Wildlife online course to the community. read more

Native animals are not pets

Friday, January 25, 2019
As a part of the Biodiversity Conservation Bill, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is currently considering a proposal to expand the list of mammals which people can keep as pets. WIRES is extremely concerned about the implications for our native wild populations and we are asking for you to join us in taking action.

The proposal lists 37 species, including 11 species listed on the NSW threatened species list, 4 of which are categorised as endangered. Only two of these have previously been listed as approved to keep, the plains rat and spinifex-hopping-mouse.  read more

WIRES 2019 Wildlife Photo Competition

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Open for entries from 15th January, 2019. To enter you simply have to like and then private message your wildlife images to WIRES facebook page read more

Wildlife and Pool Safety

Thursday, January 10, 2019
Many of us enjoy taking a dip in backyard pools during summer. Native animals also like to cool off, and often seek out water on hot days.

Sadly wildlife and swimming pools don’t always mix and during extended periods of hot, dry weather WIRES takes many calls about animals found in swimming pools. The bandicoot pictured here was rescued from a backyard pool! read more

Heat Stressed Wildlife

Friday, December 28, 2018

Specific signs of heat stress to watch for are: Any bird that is panting indicates that they are really hot. A healthy bird will try and get out of the sun and into a cooler place. If you see a bird sitting outside in the full sun panting there’s something wrong.

Put water in a shady place so it stays as cool as possible. Change the water daily or even more frequently if possible, keep the container clean. Put water in places at different heights away from pets or predators for different species of birds, place a few stones or sticks in the water to provide a means of escape for smaller creatures that may fall in. read more