Birds exposed to Fenthion released back to the wild

Birds exposed to Fenthion released back to the wild

Monday, May 22, 2023

After making a full recovery, a number of birds that were exposed to the insecticide Fenthion were released back to the wild today from Sandy Beach on the Macquarie River in Dubbo NSW.

"WIRES volunteers rescued a number of Little Corellas that responded well to medical treatment. We are pleased to announce that they have built up their strength, are healthy again and have been released to their natural environment," says Ann Mara, WIRES Dubbo.

"It is our goal with all the animals we rescue at WIRES to release them back to the wild as soon as possible.

"The longer the birds are in care the more tame they can become which doesn't serve them well when they go back out into the big blue skies. WIRES hopes the birds fly safely to new territory and go on to survive for many more years.

"The total number of birds affected looks to have totalled around 700 birds.

"WIRES volunteers rescued three Whistling kites during rescue operations which were put into care with local vets. We are pleased that one of these was released on Monday.

"We thank everyone in the community for helping locate birds in need and of course the work of local volunteers and vets who have helped bring some amazing creatures back to full health," concludes Ann Mara.

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WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for sick, injured and orphaned native animals for over 35 years with a mission to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife and inspire others to do the same. WIRES’ Wildlife Rescue Office answers calls from the community 24/7, 365 days a year, providing rescue advice and assistance for over 130,000 animals annually. Connecting wildlife to real-time assistance, WIRES full-time mobile Wildlife Ambulances operate across New South Wales, South-East Queensland and Tasmania, and WIRES had over 3,500 volunteers assisting with wildlife rescue and care in NSW. WIRES is supporting thousands of wildlife carers across Australia through a diverse range of national programs. WIRES also collaborates nationally with strategic partners to support the long-term recovery of wildlife habitat and the long-term preservation of native species in the wild.

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