1st September 2004
This Tawny Frogmouth
is currently in care with WIRES carer Iris ,it had been found early
in the morning by a member of the public in Lennox Head in their
front yard, squeezing into a corner of their house. Some of his
feathers had been lying on the ground at the top of the driveway
from where he seems to have made his way 10 m. down to the house.
The veterinarian had
found that the bird had suffered a fractured bone close to the joint,
maybe due to clipping his wing on a telegraph pole, or a car. It
had good chance of healing so the wing had been strapped. When the
strap was removed, the wing was as stiff as a board. The bird needed
some adjustment time, simply by himself moving about and stretching
the wing, and by building up condition in the flight aviary. Usually
Frogmouth's do not feed them selves and the carer has to force feed.
In this case, he was so strong, tightly squeezing his beak, that
it was impossible to do so. A new strategy had to be devised: Coaching
him to open his beak- throw ball of feed in- repeat- and soon he
has learnt to feed while in care.
28th November 2004
The Tawny frogmouth has been released, he flew off
beautifully! First he flew only 70m or so close to the ground and
sat there, but when I approached him he turned around and flew into
the scrub, raising above the bushes and little trees. Interestingly,
the last week in care he became more and more impatient with being
in captivity - it seemed he was getting ready to leave. I was just
waiting for the weather to clear up and stabilise.
4th September 2004
This is for Brandon.
Brandon rang WIRES regarding an Echidna
in his back yard, he had noticed it was injured on the shoulder.
WIRES carer Alicia went to the rescue, and the Echidna was taken
to the vet.
During surgery at the veterinary clinic it was discovered that the
Echidna was not suffering from an injury, but from Lymphoma, and
it was humanely euthanased. It would not have survived for much
longer in the wild, and the vet was at least able to end its suffering.
Thank you Brandon for being so vigilant and caring
for our native wildlife.
20th September 2004
This little juvenile
Mountain Brushtail possum came in to care after a car accident.
most likely have been on mums back, although mum was not found.
Fortunately his injuries were not too severe. He was taken to the
vet where he had surgery to his mouth, and is now recovering in
Matt's care. We
will keep you up to date with his progress in care.
Thank you David for
stopping, and calling WIRES for help.
Matt named this juvenile possum, has now been transferred to WIRES
carer Rooella as he needed a larger aviary to build muscle, and
forage in at night. Rooella is also on large acreage in the country
where this little fellow can hopefully be released when he is old
enough to fend for himself.
has been released, he is still coming back to his aviary
now and again, but time will see him venturing further afield as
he gains confidence.
8th September 2004
carer Joe has "Basil"
the common Brushtail possum in care, he came in on 12th August as
a very small fellow. He has had some problems, but is now getting
stronger day by day as you can see in this picture. He had some
gravel imbedded in his tiny shoulder, and since that has come out,
he is feeling a whole lot better, he still has a long road ahead
before he is ready for release, but with his strength of character
and care from Joe, he certainly has a good chance.
been transferred to WIRES carer Sandra, where he will spend his
remaining time in care, he is doing extremely well, and will be
released when he is old enough to fend for himself.
30th September 2004
carer Alicia rescued this unfortunate Mountain
Brushtail possum after a call from Chris, he had found the possum
in his chicken coop. How the possum was injured we do not know,
the injury was however much too severe for any chance of recovery
and he was humanely euthanased.
Thank you Chris for
calling, thus allowing WIRES to end the suffering of this animal.
26th September 2004
Late at night is the most common time for many native
animals to come in to care, possums are active at night, and if
crossing the road at the same time as a car is driving past, trouble
is not far away. This little Mountain
Brushtail was found after his mum was hit by a car.
WIRES carer Aline went to the rescue, unfortunately
the mother possum was already dead, but this little fellow was found
in mums pouch, quite unhurt. Aline expertly removed "Lucky"
from the pouch, and he has been in Aline's care
He is about 4-5 months old, and
will spend many months in care before he is ready to make it on
his own in the wild.
Lucky is now almost ready for release. He was transferred
to a large aviary on WIRES carer Julia's property some time ago,
here he will meet the resident population of possums before his
release in about 5 weeks time.
9th October 2004
Pam was alerted by a friend that some very young Eastern
Rosella's were in trouble.
Her friend had been watching with delight a family
of Rosellas that had made their nest in a fence post close to her
house. Knowing that the young chicks had hatched only days before
she was shocked to find feathers all around the fence post. She
had for some time been trying to trap a feral cat known to be in
the area. It was unfortunately too late for these Eastern Rosellas.
Pam went to the rescue, retrieved the chicks from the
fence post, and called WIRES. Due to unforeseen circumstances we
were not able to get to Pam's place straight away, but as luck would
have it Pam is an experienced bird breeder, not only did she have
the equipment needed to feed these specialised chicks, but she also
had the special food they required.We are extremely grateful to
Pam for her help, and initial care of these chicks.
They are now in care with WIRES, their eyes are opening
5 days after coming in to care, and what a delight it is too have
the privilege to care for such beautiful creatures. At this stage
they look very prehistoric, but like in Hans Christian Anderson's
fairytale, they will grow up to be some of the most beautiful birds
in the Australian bush.
Thank you Pam for your help.
24th November 2004
One of the Eastern Rosella's seen here just before
11th October 2004
This Galah came in to care with a wing injury, no broken
bones, but unable to fly. The wing was strapped by the vet, and
it was then brought in to care with WIRES.
5 days later the strapping was removed and
the galah now needed some time to regain strength in its wings,
before being released.
The Galah is seen here patiently waiting for his wing
to regain strength, he was kept in a large flight aviary, and released
4 weeks after coming in to care.
23rd October 2004
carer Alicia is seen here in the process of rescuing a juvenile
Eastern Rosella, too young to care for itself, having lost the parent
bird, it is now safely in care with WIRES. It will be released as
soon as it is able to feed and fend for itself.
23 December 2004
The juvenile Rosella has been successfully released.
WIRES NR received a call about an
Echidna trapped under a movable bird aviary. I was asked to
go out, and assess the situation, and see what could be done to
help this animal. When I arrived, I immediately noticed that this
was perfect Echidna habitat. Near by was bush land, and swamps,
and very little human habitation. In fact, this entire road was
stables, with Ballina Race Course at the end of the road.
The callers met me in the drive way,
and showed me where the animal was. Unfortunately, there were a
few dogs on the property that had to be found, and locked away.
Dogs in close proximity to native animals causes large amounts of
stress which is not always evident to the untrained eye. Once the
dogs were locked away, I was lucky enough to have a number of men
around willing to help, who were able to tilt the aviary so I could
get in behind it, and rescue the Echidna.
At this time of year, it is possible
that the Echidna could have babies, known as puggle's close by,
so relocating this fellow meant I had to release him in a very close
geographical area. Luck was on this fellows side, and to have been
found where he was, and I was able to relocate him just a few hundred
meters away, in scrub land. A very happy result for one of natures