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Hatching a Green Tree Snake

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Green Tree Snake Hatchling ©Sara PiddlesdenWIRES is often called, especially about reptiles as people are nervous about seeing them in close proximity to their house or yard. In many cases our volunteers are able to explain and reassure people that reptiles really just want to be left alone and will do everything they can to avoid human contact.

Sometimes reptiles do need to be relocated, either because the environment is unsuitable or they are in danger of harm. Recently WIRES was called to relocate a Green Tree Snake in Northern Sydney.

As usual the snake was contained in a reptile bag for transportation to an appropriate release site and subsequently released. Later that day when the reptile bag was being packed away Sara realised it was not entirely empty.
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Young Platypus being found in unusual places

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Platypus-WIRESIt is not often WIRES receives calls about platypus in trouble - they are secretive and elusive animals. But last week our volunteers in the Northern Rivers area of NSW have had two calls about platypus wandering in inappropriate places.  read more

Photo Montage - Lorikeet chicks

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Kristin shared this story about two lorikeets (and fantastic photo montage depicting the development of their chicks) who have been regular visitors to her garden for 15 years!

Kristin says "We'd seen them before but then they suddenly started digging in a garden bed underneath a stone bird bath basin 4 years ago. read more

WIRES 2016 Australia Day Photo Competition - Winners

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Congratulations to everyone who entered, to our 10 finalists, and of course our three winners:
1st-Bevan Badcott
2nd-Ann Killeen
3rd-Kylie Fisher
The quality of entries was outstanding and choosing the 10 finalists was extremely difficult. We will feature some more of the entries in coming weeks on our facebook page as there are so many that deserve to be seen that we could not fit into our final 10. Thanks to everyone for participating either by submitting entries and/or voting. read more

WIRES 2016 Australia Day Photo Competition

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pale-headed rosella chicks by Karen AutyTo enter you simply have to like and then private message your wildlife images to WIRES facebook page.

Images should be native animals/birds ideally observed and photographed in the wild (or in care if you are a licensed wildlife care volunteer). We would also love a few details of how you came to capture the image. There is a limit of 3 images per entrant. Please also provide an email contact address with your message.
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One relaxed and happy customer!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Echidna puggle in careThis young echidna puggle was found in the Riverina area late last year. It was found all alone and covered in ants and weighed only 400 g. He is now 670 g, about 4 months old, and as you can see in the second image he is one relaxed and happy customer! read more

Look at me now

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Grey-headed flying-fox pup-prematureThree months ago, the first bat pup of the season in the Northern Rivers area of NSW came into care. 

He was a premature newborn Grey-headed flying-fox, weighing only 46 grams, well below normal birth weight. Grey-headed flying-foxes are categorised as vulnerable on the national Threatened Species list.

Attempting to raise a pup like this is a delicate task and uncertain in its outcome. The tiny male was kept in a humidicrib for the first few weeks and would take less than 1 ml of special formula per feed. 
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Peregrine Falcon - Urban release

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

These two young falcons were rescued only days apart, near the base of a tall building in a busy city thoroughfare. At this time of year the juvenile falcons are testing their flying skills and crash landings are relatively common. read more

Help us build a Koala Care Facility - all you have to do is vote

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Update: January 2016 - Thank you to everyone who voted for our Koala Care facility dream. Your support was fantastic and we came reasonably close second. Unfortunately because we did not win the round and were not able to progress to the grand final and the chance to win the funds that would have allowed us to immediately build a koala care facility. Rest assured we will continue to pursue funding for this dream. We congratulate the worthy winner of the round Ecobarge and wish them all the best in the the final. read more

Ginger & Fizz - not as innocent as they look!

Thursday, November 26, 2015
The joey in the foreground hanging pouch is Ginger, she's a female Red-Neck Wallaby joey who came into care in August as a just furred 'velvet' at 700g, or about 5 and a half months old.

Her mother was found dead on a rural property. She was found near a fence so it is possible she fatally injured herself attempting to jump over and Ginger was found by the property owners in her pouch.

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