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Welcome swallows in care after nest knocked down

Four tiny Welcome Swallow chicks came into care after someone had knocked down the nest; we hope, unaware there were chicks inside. Anthony was on holiday with his family in Byron Bay when found the chicks on the ground. He contacted WIRES immediately and was given information on how to contain the little chicks. Shortly …

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Masked Lapwing chicks orphaned in Byron Bay

Meet Fee and Fi, they are Masked Lapwing chicks currently in WIRES care after mum was killed by a car at Byron Bay. Fee and Fi were very young, cold, wet and calling loudly for mum and dad when they came into WIRES care and were immediately placed in intensive care. Masked Lapwings (or plovers …

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Goshawk trapped on barbed wire

WIRES volunteer Deborah had the heartbreaking experience of rescuing a Goshawk off barbed wire a few days ago.Sadly thousands of animals die each year in the cruellest of circumstances due to barbed wire. These entanglements often leave members of the public and rescuers distressed due to the severity of the injuries to wildlife.All species of …

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Magpie chick found on a busy driveway in Byron Bay

Caitlyn was quick to react when she found this young Magpie on a busy driveway in Byron Bay, she took it straight to My Vet Byron Bay where it was examined and found to be in good health, no injuries but much too young to be without it’s parents.WIRES volunteer Sarah responded to the call …

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Noisy miner chicks reunited with parents

Spring is just around the corner, and the first baby birds to come into WIRES care in the Byron Shire were found on the ground by Lea last Thursday. The sibling Noisy miners spent a couple of days in care with WIRES volunteer Deb. They were hydrated and fed whilst being monitored for any injuries; …

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Carnage on the road for ducks.

This week WIRES Northern Rivers has rescued 20 Australian Wood ducklings, all orphaned because the parent birds and siblings were run over as they crossed the road, or were feeding on the side of the road.Breeding season for Australian Wood ducks is September to November in the South, but in our local area of Northern …

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Its Puggle time again!

This time of the year female Echidnas may be carrying either an egg or a very small echidna in her pouch.Echidnas do not actually have a permanent pouch; instead they have contracting muscles in their abdomens, which forms a pouch-like fold. As both male and female echidnas can form a pouch in this way, it …

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Swamp wallaby release

Today is a very special day for a young Swamp wallaby named DD.DD came into care after DD and Deb stopped to check the pouch of a dead wallaby found lying on the road near Byron Bay last year. The little joey was named DD after her savior.DD’s time in WIRES care has been spent …

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Topknot pigeons in care

At this time each year in the Northern Rivers area, you may see large flocks of birds traversing the countryside. They can be observed feeding in the upper forest canopy, hanging from branches, often upside-down, flapping their wings loudly to keep balance. These birds are Topknot Pigeons, they are frugivorous, feeding on small native fruits, …

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Tawny frogmouth in care after dog attack

Back in early March a Tawny frogmouth was rescued after being attacked by a dog at Doubtful Creek. He had lost most of his tail feathers and was unable to fly.When he was first rescued he was traumatised and in shock. He would need to be in care till his tail feathers had grown back.WIRES …

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