Wildlife

Important Rescue Information

Kangaroos

If you find an injured kangaroo (hit by car, fence hanger, or simply unable to get up etc) ring Fauna Rescue on 8289 0896.

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You may be advised that a shooter is nearby and can attend, or to contact Police.

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Do not approach the Kangaroo but let us know possible injury and if you can see a joey in pouch or alongside Mum (if female).

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If there is a joey in the pouch do not attempt to remove it from a mother who is still alive.

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If mum has died you can check in the pouch and remove the joey. However there are a few things to check first and to be aware of:

(1) If a joey is still pink it may be attached to Mums nipple. Do not attempt to remove but call Fauna Rescue and an experienced carer will come to help.

(2) If the joey is not attached you can put your hands deep into the pouch and make the space smaller until you are able to get hold of the joey around the hips and body and remove carefully. Do not pull the tail or legs which is very tempting but will do terrible damage to the joey.

(3) Hold the joey close to your body, under your jumper, to keep warm. Do not hand it around to various people to hold or take photos of, but ring Fauna Rescue and you will be put in touch with a Kangaroo Coordinator who will advise where the closest carer is located or will organise to meet you, and you will need to get the joey to them.

(4) Do not be tempted to keep the joey, they are quite different to cats and dogs, require special formula and treatment, and can die very quickly if stressed.

Koalas

Koalas are a specialised species. They are wild animals that need to be free. They are not pets.
It is illegal to keep a Koala without a Specialised Carer’s Permit from DEW (Department for Environment & Water).

JOEY

If found, immediately phone Fauna Rescue Koala Hotline 1300 KOALAS (1300 562 527)

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If alone, look in the vicinity for the mother.

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Provide warmth with a pouch and hot water-bottle (but not next to or underneath Joey or they may become over-heated).

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DO NOT offer cow’s milk as wildlife are lactose intolerant and this will cause severe gut issues which could lead to death.

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If found with the dead mother, take both mother and Joey to a veterinary practice that is recommended by the Fauna Rescue Koala Hotline

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The Joey needs to go to a specialised permit Koala Carer for ongoing care, as joeys are extremely sensitive and can die without expert care.

ADULT

If found, immediately phone Fauna Rescue Koala Hotline 1300 KOALAS (1300 562 527)

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Avoid handling the Koala if at all possible. They have very sharp claws and teeth and will use these when frightened.

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If you do need to handle, use a blanket and grab from behind holding the upper arms just under the armpit. Have the blanket hang over their legs.

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DO NOT touch a Koala if you suspect it has mange.

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The Koala can be placed in a box which has a lid or place a washing basket over the Koala with a brick on top of the washing basket, until the Koala Rescuer arrives.

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Welding gloves are ideal to use to prevent getting bitten.

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Do not let members of public touch the Koala and try to keep noise to a minimum, to avoid frightening the Koala further.

Possums

Any possum found on the ground during the day is not normal which means it is either sick, injured, dehydrated or misplaced. There are a few things you can do to prevent further harm to the possum and ensure it is as comfortable as possible whilst seeking advice and waiting for help to arrive:

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Bring your cats/dogs inside.

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Never give possums milk. You can offer a shallow bowl of water and always provide a safe source of water (not the pets bowl) at the base of the tree during the warmer months.

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Always take note of exactly where the possum was found (even which tree it was in/near) and pass these details on to the Vet or carer/rescuer attending.

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If you find an injured possum and can safely contain it, please take it to your nearest Vet and leave details of exactly where the possum was found.

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If you are not sure about a possums condition whether it requires help or not, please call the Fauna Rescue Hotline on 8289 0896.

Large Possums: put a laundry basket/box over the Possum and weigh it down with a brick or something heavy so it can’t escape until a rescuer arrives. You can supply a shallow bowl of water. If it is in direct sunlight or it’s a hot day, put a cold wet towel over the possum before placing the basket/box on top, then call the Fauna Rescue Hotline on 8289 0896.

Small Possums: you need to scoop the baby up and either wrap it in a blanket and place down your top to keep warm, or organise a small box with a heat source e.g. a wheat bag or hot water bottle/drink bottle with hot tap water (not boiled kettle water). Place the baby on a towel with the heat source next to it then call the Fauna Rescue Hotline on 8289 0896.

Deceased Possum with a Baby in the Pouch: please pick mum up and place her in a box with a heat source against the pouch e.g. a wheat bag or hot water bottle/drink bottle with hot tap water (not boiled kettle water). Do not take the baby out of the pouch or off the teat. You can call the Fauna Rescue Hotline on 8289 0896 or take mum and baby to the nearest Vet.

Sick/Injured Possums up a Tree or in a Roller Door: these are more difficult rescues and may be referred to the RSPCA 1300 477 722.

LIZARDS

If you are rescuing be sure it is a lizard.  Call Fauna Rescue on 08 8289 0896.

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Lizards can bite! Hard! Handle carefully, the easiest way to pick up a lizard is to place a towel over the animal, noting where the head and back legs are, and scoop them up with your hands along the length of their body. Make sure there is a suitable container close by to put them in. A shoe box or a bucket they cannot climb out of is fine.

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Check for obvious injuries, i.e. obvious blood, severed limbs or part of the tail missing. In these cases the lizard should be taken directly to a vet.Ticksmust be removed completely including the head. There should be no charge when surrendering a native animal to a vet clinic for care or euthanasia.

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If it is an animal attack, (cat or dog bite), need antibiotics. Minor wounds can be bathed with saline and treated with an antibiotic cream or Betadine.

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Quiet and dark is needed for the lizard to recoup from the stress of being rescued and treated. Be sure it is contained and cannot get out of the enclosure.

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A bowl of water, heat and a place to hide is required in the enclosure.

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Lizards are territorial so details of EXACTLY where the lizard was rescued from so they can, if possible, are returned.

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Lizards have specific dietary and heating requirements and also UV, if in care for more than a few days so for this reason it is best to contact Fauna Rescue of SA on 08 8289 0896.

BIRDS

If you find a bird on the ground you should first try to ascertain:

 

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Is the bird injured?

If an adult bird has been injured try to assess the injury – bleeding or a bad dog/cat attack on the bird should be seen by a vet as soon as possible. Most vets will not charge a member of the public for dropping off an injured bird.  Badly broken wings or limbs should also been seen by a vet as soon as possible.  For minor injuries like heat stress or minor cuts or abrasions please call the Fauna Rescue hotline.

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Is it a fledgling learning to fly?

If a feathered baby bird is found on the ground, wait for up to an hour if you can to make sure parent birds are returning to feed and protect the fledgling. If the parents do not return, something may have happened to them and the baby bird will need to come into care. Returning fledglings to their nest is not recommended as they are likely to immediately jump out again. Try to avoid making the bird a human-made orphan.

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Is it a baby fallen from its nest?

–  Unfeathered birds should never be on the ground – try to put it back into the nest – parent birds will not reject the baby.  If you can’t put it back in the nest the baby bird needs to come into care urgently.  Please call the Fauna Rescue Hotline 82890896

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All birds if injured, sick or babies need to be kept warm until you can get help 

Place the bird into a towel, jacket, small box and sit it on top of a hot water bottle filled with hot tap water (not boiling), and put into a box to keep it contained. Contact Fauna Rescue to arrange a carer.

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It is important that birds that need care are correctly identified to ensure it is fed the correct food.  For example Lorikeets should not be given seeds as they tend to damage the fine bristles on the end of the lorikeets tongue and they are then unable to lick the nectar from flowers. Identification can be difficult, however Fauna Rescue have a number of bird carers who can assist with identification of birds.

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It is always best to contact Fauna Rescue of SA for advice on 08 8289 0896.

koala rescue hotline (24 hours)

1300 KOALAS (1300 562 527)