Bats

Grey-headed flying foxes at Vitality Vetcare

Dr Megan and vet nurse Kim at Vitality Vetcare at Bangalow recently examined three Grey-headed flying-foxes currently in WIRES care. Flying foxes come into WIRES care for a variety of reasons, but the most common is after being entangled in barbed wire or netting. As Flying foxes are nocturnal and feed at night they can …

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Severe flooding in Northern NSW

With severe flooding occurring across our region, please be aware that wildlife will be distressed; many will be displaced and waterlogged by rising floodwaters and heavy rainfall.Wildlife will in many cases be sheltering in unusual places. Please be compassionate and allow the animal to shelter, it may have nowhere else to go until the situation …

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For this New Years resolution become a wildlife carer or rescuer.

For this New Years resolution become a wildlife carer or rescuer.Here are a few reasons why:• Over 100,000 calls for wildlife rescue advice and assistance are made annually to WIRES Rescue Office, resulting in hundreds of animals in daily need of rescue. Despite the amazing work current volunteers do, we never have enough volunteers to …

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Sheltering from the rain this Juvenile Eastern long -eared microbat thought it had the perfect spot.

Sheltering from the rain this Juvenile Eastern long -eared microbat thought it had the perfect spot.  However as daylight dawned and the SPAR Supermarket at Suffolk Park was about to open it turned out not to be so perfect after all. Staff arriving to open the supermarket quickly put up a sign and called WIRES. …

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Microbat covered in spiders web

WIRES volunteer Locky received a message from a neighbour that she had found a little critter on an outdoor sofa on her veranda. Locky was soon on the scene where he found a Gould’s Wattled Bat wrapped in spider web, she had three babies clutching to her body.Gould’s Wattled Bats are a species of microbat …

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Baby Flying fox found in garbage bin

When a couple of workers from the Beach Hotel at Byron Bay went to the waste bins at the back of the hotel, from the bin they heard the cries of a creature.Amongst the garbage they found a dead Flying fox, clinging to her body was her pup.One of the workers, Emile, called WIRES for …

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26 August 2021

Native Wildlife & Rodenticides: A Deadly Combination     WIRES was recently contacted by Kate, she had found this Barn owl dead on the ground, with no sign of injury, no sign of reason why it had died.Sadly it is most likely a case of second generation poisoning and this owl is just one of many native …

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22 August 2021

Today is the start of #KeepAustraliaBeautifulWeek, which runs until the 28th of August.There are two key themes this year: ‘Dropped on Land, Kills at Sea’, and ‘Where Does Your Rubbish Go?’ These two themes impact the daily life of WIRES members and the rescues we attend. Entanglement and ingestion of non-organic substances are two major …

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7 July 2021

At the end of March, WIRES Northern Rivers was called to rescue a flying-fox entangled on barbed wire in Numulgi. She was taken to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital as her injuries were so serious we didn’t know if she could be saved. The x-ray to check for bone injuries revealed that “Numulgi” was pregnant. Flying-foxes …

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1 July 2021

From 1 July 2021, the shooting of Flying-foxes is banned in NSW.The Grey-headed Flying-fox is listed as vulnerable to extinction and WIRES works closely with the community to ensure their protection and preservation. Flying-foxes are keystone species in Australian ecosystems. They act as long range pollinators and are crucial for the long-term health of our …

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