NocturnalWildlife

Platypus in care

This young Platypus came into WIRES care late yesterday afternoon after it was found walking along a country road. The young Platypus was examined, found to be a dispersing juvenile in good condition and it was released a short time later at dusk. Platypus are secretive, elusive and shy creatures that are rarely seen as …

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Bandicoot saved from swimming pool

This little juvenile Northern Brown bandicoot was rescued from a swimming pool in Goonellabah a couple of days ago. He is at a stage of development where he would almost be weaned, exploring his surrounding at night looking for a place to make a nest for himself over the next week or two.Part of his immediate …

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Juvenile Channel-billed Cuckoo in WIRES care

Jayen watched in dismay as Crows relentlessly attacked a juvenile bird in a tree on his Myocum property. When it finally came to the ground on New Year’s day the young bird was exhausted as Jayen gently scooped it up with a towel and called Wires. Thinking  it was a hawk because of its big …

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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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Possum joey orphaned

A month ago Magic lost his mum, he is a Short-eared Brushtail possum better known locally as the Mountan Brushtail possum.Magic had just started to ride on mum’s back, gripping onto her fur he was holding on as best he could as she crossed the road at Mullumbimby when she was clipped by a car. …

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Echidna puggle in WIRES care

You may remember the little Echidna Puggle found at Brooklet by Melanie.Little Jugoon, as she was named, had just started to grow her spines and likely would still have been in mum’s pouch. Had she been in a burrow it is highly unlikely that she would have made her way out. We can only assume …

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Coastal Carpet Python surprise

Pam called WIRES for advice when she found her resident Coastal Carpet Python snake lying half in and half out of the pool in the sun, it was looking unwell, it had not moved for over 24 hours and birds were hovering nearby.This python was well known to Pam as it had been around for …

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Severe weather forecast playing havoc with our Wildlife

BOM has forecast  a severe weather outlook for the 2021-22 Summer season, and already severe storms and heavy rain is playing havoc with our wildlife, in particular our native birds. Newly fledged birds are often found on the ground after torrential rain. They become wet and bedraggled and do not have the flight strength to …

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Sugar glider hanging on a barbed wire fence

On 21 October Belinda from Corndale found a Sugar glider hanging on a barbed wire fence. She immediately rushed over to try and see if she could release the glider from the fence but found that the poor animal was not only entangled, the barbed wire was wrapped around her pouch and 2 tiny joeys …

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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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