Earlier that same morning a call to WIRES emergency hotline had been received, this call was for an adult Swamp wallaby seen at the picnic area nearby. The wallaby was observed trying to hop away, but injuries to its back legs were severe and it was falling over as it tried to move.
WIRES volunteers Annie and Dave had responded to the call straight away, but were not able to locate the animal. Putting two and two together, this wallaby was likely the little joeys mum, injured by dogs earlier that the morning, the joey managing to get away whilst mum was being chased.
Repeated visits to the site during that day were fruitless, thick bush nearby is likely where the injured wallaby had found a place to hide. When a native animal is injured it will do its best to hide, it will be silent no matter how much pain it is enduring, and sadly can be impossible to locate.
Byron Bay and surrounding area has wonderful diversity of native wildlife, it is a sensitive environment and it is up to us, residents and visitors alike, to ensure that native wildlife survive into the future. Please be responsible, always ensure your dog is under control including when in an allocated dog exercise area, and remember that native wildlife within these allocated areas have lived there for a very long time and have nowhere else to go.