Veterinary

Raptor severely affected by recent heavy rain and floods.

This beautiful raptor was severely affected by recent heavy rain and floods. Heavy rainfall can reduce foraging time for many bird species. We tend to think that birds can just fly away when heavy rain is persistent over a long period, but this will all depend on the on the severity and scale of weather …

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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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White-breasted Woodswallow in WIRES care

Anthony and his daughter Eavie contacted WIRES after finding a White-breasted Woodswallow on the ground at their property in Bentley.The little bird was unable to fly so was taken to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital by WIRES volunteer Julie.Even though one wing was slightly dropped and there was a slight scuff mark on its left wrist, …

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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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Wallaby joeys rescued during and after 2022 flood disaster

Amid the flood recovery here in Northern NSW, WIRES volunteers continue our work. The repercussions on communities, the environment, and native wildlife have been catastrophic.    Yesterday Timothy found a very young wallaby joey in the middle of the road on the Bruxner Highway at Casino with no sign of mum. This joey will be in …

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Wallaby joeys victims of the floods in Northern NSW.

UPDATE 16 March 2022 Both joeys are doing well in care. Seen here after just over 2 weeks in WIRES care. These Swamp wallaby joeys are both victims of the floods on 1 March 2022 in Northern NSW.With so much sadness and devastation across our region we will concentrate on the happy ending rescues.    Cathy was …

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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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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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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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Two Little Falcon chicks blown out of nest in a severe storm

Two Australian Hobby chicks were discovered by Tom at Cooorabell following a severe storm in the evening of 4th December. One chick had landed on a roof and the other on a concrete path.WIRES volunteer Andrew responded to the call and took the chicks to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital where the chicks were examined. A …

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