WIRES rescues injured Pelican on Eden beach
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Pelican release ( PHOTO Credit: J Green, WIRES)
A pelican recently found entangled in fishing line has been rescued and released back into the ocean after intervention from WIRES volunteer Janine Green.
The bird was spotted by a member of the public with fishing line wrapped around its left wing and two hooks hanging from its beak.
Ms Green managed to slowly coax the pelican onto the shore and catch it with a minimum of fuss. It was then taken to the local vet to have the line and hooks removed and it was treated with antibiotics to assist with its recovery.
“This poor bird would have had difficulty feeding and flying but thanks to the member of the public who called WIRES we were able to save it,” said Green. “I personally find it so rewarding to rescue and care for our native animals and help ensure their survival for future generations to enjoy.”
The local WIRES branch is in urgent need of more wildlife carers and is encouraging interested community members to attend the accredited Rescue and Immediate Care Course to be held in Bega on 21 May 2016. For more information on the course please email [email protected].WIRES is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year with the organisation growing from one branch in 1986 to 27 branches across NSW and 2500 dedicated volunteers today. To mark this milestone, throughout 2016 WIRES will be presenting Special Recognition Awards to individuals and companies that have demonstrated a commitment to support and protect NSW’s native animals.
To organise an interview with WIRES Volunteer Janine Green please call Carla Toyne on 02 89773327 / 0416 272 153 or email [email protected]
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.
For more information on WIRES wildlife programs visit www.wires.org.au.
WIRES Media Officer: John Grant | 0416 272 153 | [email protected]