Endangered

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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Hastings River mice found clinging to pepples

Clinging onto pebbles in a puddle of water, these two tiny critters were rescued just north of Nimbin by Felix a week ago. Obviously too young to survive on their own Felix called WIRES. They have since been  identified as Hastings River mice, an endangered species due to loss of habitat. Once thought to be …

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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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Do you know how to do a pouch check?

If you come across a deceased marsupial such as a kangaroo,  wallaby or koala, there may be a joey alive in the pouch. If it is a  possum, glider  or bandicoot, there may be more than one. Pouch young can survive for several days after mum has passed away, checking the pouch can save a …

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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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Superb Fruit-dove in care

When WIRES volunteer Julie was sent a photograph of a bird that had been found on the ground she was surprised to see it was a male, Superb Fruit-dove. They are rarely rescued in our local area and it was even more surprising to discover it had been found at Girards Hill in Lismore. The …

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Barn owl at the Principal’s office

Last Thursday WIRES was called to rescue a Barn Owl trapped inside a building at the Living School in Lismore. On arrival WIRES volunteer Julie immediately became aware of a Pied Currawong flying at the window where the Barn Owl was sitting on the inside, trapped inside the building. When Julie was informed that it …

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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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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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