Veterinary

Pheasant Coucal in care

“Rufus” is a young Pheasant Coucal and he came into WIRES care 5 days ago after a caring member of the public, driving along Broken Head Road, noticed the bird sitting by the side of the road. Even though she was running late for work, she turned the car around and went back to have …

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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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17 August 2021

Vera is a Swamp wallaby and was just 150 days old when she became an orphan on 16th June, her mum was killed in a collision with a car at Suffolk Park near Byron Bay. Very came into WIRES care late that night, she was in shock, but otherwise seemed alright. In the following days …

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4 August 2021

Harry the kookaburra was rescued after being found near the road by a caring member of the public, Mitch. Harry had suffered a fractured wing, he was also concussed and in shock.     Harry’s fracture was complicated and once stabilised in WIRES care he was taken to Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital where skilled veterinarian Dr Bree conducted …

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July 29 2021

This year from February through to July WIRES Northern Rivers have rescued ten Topknot pigeons, this is an increase than in previous years. They have ranged in age from chicks to adult birds. Two of the ten Topknot pigeons needed to be euthanised, one due to severe injuries from being hit by a car, the …

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8 July 2021

You may recall the story from late April when a very young Eastern Grey kangaroo joey was found by David on his way to work. Driving to work, same route, same destination, David glanced at the same dead kangaroo seen two days previously, still laying on the side of the road, but this time something …

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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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3 July 2021

Early in the morning on 5 April WIRES received a call from a member of the public in Brunswick Heads concerned about a Ringtail possum and joey on the ground in her yard.Possums are nocturnal so something was amiss. WIRES volunteer Catherine arrived on site and was easily able to contain Mum Ringtail and joey.An …

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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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