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Putting Water out for Wildlife can Help Save Lives

  • If you have found an animal in distress the ideal scenario is to offer it a water in a shallow dish and allow the animal to approach and lap itself. For koalas if they are too weak to approach a container themselves you can syringe small amounts of water slowly into side of mouth using a 3ml syringe, while its head is in the normal position, not tipped back. Do not ever force an animal to drink. For emergency firefoghters who come across animals in distress they will usually have to make an on the spot decision and will have no other option or source of water other than their personal water bottle. In these cases holding the bottle in front of and below (not above) the koalas mouth and letting water gently dribble from the bottle so that the koala can lick at the mouth of the bottle is the best option.

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