With heat wave conditions affecting the Northern NSW area, and the likelihood it could affect any area, members of the public are reminded of some basic precautions if they come across flying-foxes affected by unusually high temperatures, or found alone, or caught in barbed wire or netting.
Never attempt to rescue any flying-fox yourself because of the slight possibility of the Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL) being transmitted to you. ABL can only be transmitted via the bat's saliva into an open cut or direct into a human's eyes, mouth or via mucous membranes.
Always call your local wildlife rescue group for a trained and vaccinated rescuer to help the animal. Your local group can be found on the Wildlife Rescue mobile phone App or on the website www.nwc.org.au. From Bulahdelah to the top of the Kempsey Shire please call FAWNA's 24 hour rescue line on 6581 4141.
If you are bitten or scratched always wash the area carefully and for a few minutes under running water and seek immediate medical attention. There is a vaccine available provided at no cost to you.
Information for you from FAWNA (NSW) Inc.
These two little ones were picked up earlier this month in Lansdowne and with a little time in the humidicrib are coming along.
A 276gm female and a 310gm male are being looked after by one of our dedicated carers.
Meet Rabbit the White Breasted Sea Eagle 3.6 Kg. in weight.
Rabbit fell into a settlement pond at the Cairncross Waste Management and Recycling Facility near Port Macquarie.
Rabbit had struggled to escape the thick sludge and crawled up the side wall of the pond.
With nostrils partially blocked and her throat coated with sludge, claws immobilised, breast and tail feathers matted her future was grim.
Fortunately Rabbit was spotted by a team of Hastings Council employees at the facility who immediately contacted FAWNA.
Rabbit was caught by FAWNA member June LePla, but owes her life to the guys who spotted her in time.
June cleaned Rabbits throat, nostrils, and after a good bath the birds relief was obvious.
Rabbit is now enjoying her 4 star hospitality and will be going home this week.
June returned Rabbit to Blackmans Point with a full load of fish last Friday 3/10/2014.
She is fully recovered with no problems.
Great work to June and all involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of Rabbit, without the help from members of the public we couldn't help save animals caught in these situations.
Threatened Species Day is a national day held each year on 7 September to commemorate the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger (also known as the thylacine) at Hobart Zoo in 1936.
Each year, The Brink selects one species as the ambassador and focuses their efforts on that species. By doing this, they aim to initiate actions that will help that species. At the same time they want to impress on government authorities that many people feel strongly that the conservation of wildlife is a priority.
The species chosen for Threatened Species Day (2014) is the Grey-headed Flying fox Pteropus Poliocephalus.
FAWNA is supporting The Brink to help bring awareness to the plight of the Grey Headed Flying fox.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
The most effective thing to do is directly contact member of parliament and let them know what you want. The list is in order of preference and focuses on NSW flying fox populations. We recommend using the template letter and posting or emailing it to one or more of the following:
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