Seasonal Animal Advice
Read about some of the seasonal behaviour of native animals
Strong winds and heavy rain can put wildlife under extreme stress
How you can help:
- After the storm has passed and it's safe, check under trees for fallen chicks, nests or injured birds. There may also be flying-foxes entangled in backyard fruit tree netting, made worse this year by the severe natural food shortages up and down the East Coast of Australia. If you see an injured young or adult flying-fox please do not touch them, call WIRES immediately for assistance 1300 094 737.
- 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 them 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.
- Once the weather has settled, the bird should be taken outside, open the box and the bird should fly away. If this does not happen, call for advice.
- Small possums and gliders can be displaced, and you may find them under trees after a severe storm.
- Check any fallen trees, especially older trees with hollows, as a wild animal could have called that hollow home.
- Please be vigilant on our roads looking out for wildlife. Many will be distressed and flee rising Take care and stay safe.
Please call 1300 094 737 for advice and assistance.
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