WIRES Blue Mountains
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Blue Mountains Branch began in 1987 and is involved in the community especially during times of need i.e. fire season, local parades, community talks, and stalls, thanks to our dedicated vets and members who support our wildlife.
We service a large area from Penrith to Lithgow in an ever changing environment.
We thank all the Veterinary Practitioners and Clinics in the Blue Mountains area for their ongoing support of wildlife.
We are always looking in need of more volunteers to assist with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. If you are interested in joining us, please read our information about becoming a volunteer.
White-bellied Sea-Eagle rescued and released
On the far south coast of NSW a few months ago a call came in to WIRES for someone to rescue a Sea-Eagle caught in fishing line. It was way down at Wonboyn Lake, about 40ks from Eden and well away from any raptor rescuer.
A thoughtful and concerned person had found it sitting on a bush track a few hundred metres from the beach but about 8 kms from the caravan park where he was making the call to WIRES. He was only passing through and not a local and needed to be on his way shortly.
The directions were a bit confusing, however it was obvious that not only was the Sea-Eagle a long way from a WIRES rescuer but it was also going to be fairly difficult to locate.
A call was put through to Kerry one of our experienced raptor rescuers and the closest one available. She was able to go but it would take her at least an hour to get to the caravan park, let alone the eagle.
It occurred to Judy who took the call to try a ranger from NPWS who was often down in that location. To her delight he was only 15 minutes from the caravan park and willing to assist. As it was not going to be too long the person who found the eagle was happy to wait for the ranger and take him to the eagle.
Within a short space of time the Sea-Eagle was freed, not from fishing line as first thought but from rope with a buoy and sinker attached. The bird, was only a young one, and very thankfully suffered minimal injuries from the experience and was able to be released.
Please think about how rubbish can impact wildlife and encourage those around you to do the same.
Rare rescue of young Greater Glider
WIRES Central Coast was called to a local vet where this juvenile Greater Glider had been taken by a local resident who had found her on the ground in the Avoca area.
WIRES rescuer, Gary picked her up from the vet and took her home. She was uninjured and Gary thinks she probably fell from her mother's back.
Because Greater gliders are rarely in care it was decided to call in a very experienced carer.
Gordana was called to take her into longer term care.
Although these gliders are not listed as endangered in this area, it is unusual for them to come into WIRES care, especially one that is uninjured like this young female.
She weighs just 150 grams and as you can see fits into the palm of a hand. She will need to be fed three times a day for now and will spend most of her time in her specially made pouch.
Pouches are knitted, sewn and assembled by many dedicated people who provide them to our carers for use with many small mammals in our care. The pattern and instructions for making pouches are on a factsheet for anyone who is interested.
Each year WIRES cares for around four of these very precious native mammals around NSW, mostly in the Clarence Valley area.
The Greater Glider is the largest gliding possum they have thick fur that make them look even larger.
They occur in eucalypt forests and woodlands along the east coast of Australia from north east Queensland to the Central Highlands of Victoria.
These gliders feed only on eucalypt leaves, buds, flowers and mistletoe. They shelter in tree hollows by day and may have many hollows within their home range.
They give birth to a single young in late autumn or early winter which remains in the pouch for 4 months and is independent at 9 months of age. They can glide up to a horizontal distance of 100m.
We are beginning to see an influx of orphaned young as we do in Spring every year. Think about donating to our Spring Appeal to help us be there for young animals such as this very special Greater glider.
Snake, a red bellied black
This snake, a red bellied black, had managed to get itself well and truly tangled in some netting that had been placed over a fruit tree. When we got there the two gentlemen who had called us asked us how we would get it out and we replied, "carefully".
We cut a large area of net around the snake so that we could take it to a more comfortable location where we were able to remove the netting that was tangled around the body of the snake. Some of the strands were very tight, calling for a steady hand.
Fortunately the snake did not sustain any serious injuries (sometimes the netting can cut them quite deeply) so we were able to release it immediately in the surrounding bush.
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