Emergency First Aid

Cover it with a towel or blanket to minimise stress and firmly but gently place it in a cardboard box, or natural fibre bag if available.  Try to make it as comfortable as possible.  Keep it in a warm and quiet place away from domestic pets and children and resist the temptation to peek at it.

Then call the FAWNA Duty Officer on 6581 4141 who will advise the best course of immediate action.

Alternatively you can take the animal to a vet who will contact FAWNA to arrange collection.  There will be no charge to you.

Other Useful Wildlife Rescue Pointers

  • Do not attempt to feed or water the animal unless advised to do so.  Unnecessary handling at this stage can cause more harm than good.
  • Some animals require particular handling if they need to be rescued.   Bats and flying foxes, venomous reptiles, raptors (birds of prey) have special handling requirements and should not be handled by untrained people.
  • If safe for you to do so, check the pouches of marsupials killed on the road as there may be a live joey or joeys inside.  Do not use force to remove a joey from the teat but collect mother and young for later separation.
  • If you cannot handle the animal, record your odometer reading to a known point so the exact location can be given to the FAWNA duty officer.
  • If delivering the animal to a vet or anyone else always leave the encounter location details when you drop it off. This will allow the animal to be relocated in its home territory after rehabilitation.
  • For baby birds, look around to see if you can identify a likely parent still in the vicinity.

During the wild and woolly weather of recent times members have been very busy with the rescue, care and release of many animals, birds and reptiles. Sadly some have not been able to be rehabilitated and have either died whist in care or have had to be euthanased.

Most Veterinary Surgeons very kindly examine and treat all Australian Wildlife for free. We owe a huge debt of thanks to the vets in this region.

Severe weather conditions during the early part of 2009 saw a lot of seabirds blown off course and found in most unexpected locations. A number of White Tailed tropic birds were found in the Hastings and Kempsey areas. These birds come from the Ashmore Reef area and one was located at Comboyne, well inland from the coast. A number of Flesh Footed Shearwaters were also blown ashore. These birds are indigeneous to Lord Howe Island.

Pelican Release

Pelican being fed before release

As you can see from the picture the work with Pelicans is not a clean job at times.

The pic shows the seabird rescue coordinator, June force feeding a Pelican that was ready for release. This an essential part of release as it gives the bird a chance to find its way before having to search for food.

The bird had been in care and recovering from Botulism which is yet another threat to the survival of the species.

Injuries to Pelicans has been of major concern considering the number of calls received in relation to the number of birds in the area.

On the Hasting River at Port Maquarie, where there is an average of 95 birds – more than 30% were injured in one year, including 5 deaths.