Veterinary

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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Woompoo Fruit-doves in care

Last Thursday 3 Wompoo Fruit-doves were rescued from Clunes, Lismore and Evans Head. All were found on the ground suffering from concussion after window strikes, one was then found by a dog. Wompoo Fruit-doves rarely come into care as they selectively feed on a variety of rainforest fruits that are more common in well-developed rainforests …

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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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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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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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