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First Response Wildlife Rescue - Steps to Take When Rescuing Wildlife

Remember!

  • Warm

  • Dark

  • Quiet

By remembering those three words, you have the basic steps to first response wildlife rescue and keeping the animal stress free as possible

Different species of animals require different approaches. 

Adult Kangaroo/Wallaby

Stress is a large factor in kangaroo and wallaby deaths.

  • If safe to do so, remove animal from any dangerous situation ie roads

  • Cover with a blanket or towel

  • Call your local wildlife carer.

Joey's

  • If the mother is deceased, check her pouch and immediate surroundings for her young.

  • If the joey is on the teat, do not forcibly remove, instead use scissors or a knife to cut the teat as close to the mothers skin as possible.

  • Attach a safety pin to the end of the teat as this will stop the joey from swallowing.

  • Wrap the joey up in a jumper, towel or blanket and keep warm

  • Call your local wildlife carer. 

Birds

Not all chicks who are alone are in need of help!

  • Birds are also prone to dying of shock so handle as little as possible

  • Cover with towel or available article

  • Place bird in a box, preferably a size that is just large enough to cover the birds body 

  • Ensure the bird can breath by placing holes in the box (before putting bird in box)

  • Keep the box covered, dark and quiet

  • Call your local wildlife carer.

Possums & Gliders

Although they may look cute and cuddly, avoid direct hand contact.

  • If an adult animal, cover with a towel or blanket then place in a ventilated box.

  • If the mother is deceased, check pouch and immediate surroundings for her young.

  • If a joey is attached to the teat, do not forcibly remove, instead use scissors or a knife to cut the teat as close to the mothers skin as possible.

  • Wrap joey up in a jumper, towel, or blanket and keep warm

  • Call your local wildlife carer.

Bats & Flying Foxes

Do not pick up or touch any bat you may find in need of assistance as they have the potential to be carrying Australian Bat Lyssavirus (ABL)

  • Cover animal with a cloth or damp sheet to protect from the sun

  • Call your local wildlife carer.

Reptiles

Never touch a snake as there is a high possibility it is venomous.

  • Non-venomous reptiles can bite and transfer nasty bacteria. Minimise handling lizards

  • If it is a lizard, place in a ventilated box or cover the animal with the box 

  • If it is a snake, do not approach but keep an eye on it as they can easily disappear 

  • Call your local wildlife carer.

Koala's

  • Do not handle as they have very sharp claws and can bite

  • Put a ventilated box over the koala

  • Call your local wildlife carer.

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