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Helping wildlife after severe storm event or floods

Sunday, January 31, 2021
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Strong winds and heavy rain can put wildlife under extreme stress.

How you can help:

  • After the storm has passed and it is safe to do so,  check under trees for fallen chicks, nests or injured birds.
  • Some birds will be waterlogged/sodden/saturated with water and unable to fly. Gently wrap them in a small towel or soft cloth with no loose threads (they can become entangled) and pick them up..
  • Take them inside and place in a ventilated box large enough for the bird to stand, then place a soft cloth on the bottom of the box and let the bird warm up and dry out in a quiet environment. If there are any clear/prominent injuries, call the WIRES rescue line immediately on 1300 094 737, or take to a nearby vet. Our rescue team can advise on the location of wildlife vets in your area.
  • Do not feed or offer water to the bird. If you feel the animal needs food or water,  call for advice first. Incorrect food or feeding can cause serious issues.
  • Small possums and gliders can be displaced, and you may find them under trees after a severe storm. Call our rescue line for advice or take them to a nearby vet.
  • Check any fallen trees, especially older trees with hollows, as a wild animal could have called that hollow home.
  • Be vigilant on our roads and look out for wildlife. Many will be distressed and flee rising floodwaters. Take care and stay safe.
  • Call WIRES on 1300 094 737 for advice and assistance.
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