• button-quail
  • Hook Sea Eagle
  • Magpie
  • Bugsy
  • Flat Out

HOW YOU CAN HELP UNTIL A RESCUER ARRIVES :

IN ALL CASES:

        • Put your own safety first at all times
        • Except in conditions of extreme heat &/or bushfire, when water should be made available, do not press food or water on the animal.
        • If a rescuer is not available in time (and if safe to do so), follow the directions for the species listed below & take animal to the nearest Vet.
        • If the animal is small enough but can't be handled for any reason, place a box, basket or a light blanket or towel over it.
        • Keep pets & children away.

A-Z :

BANDICOOTS:

Place gently in box or other container (e.g. washing basket) on a towel or blanket & keep in a quiet dark place.

BATS:

Do not approach. They may carry viruses harmful to people.

BIRDS:

Baby/unfeathered birds: Place gently in a box or container on a towel or blanket that, if possible, has warm (not hot) water in a hot water bottle or bottle under it; & put that in a quiet, safe, dark place. Replace the warm water if there is a long wait.
Adult Birds: Place gently on a towel or blanket in a box or container, preferably with a lid with air holes cut out, & keep in a safe, quiet, dark place.
Birds Of Prey: Do not approach. Try to keep track of its location.
Sea Birds: As for adult birds, if possible. Do not attempt to return the bird to the water.

ECHIDNAS:

Place in a heavy duty plastic container on top of a towel or leaf litter, with something like a plastic washing basket over the top if it can escape. Keep in a cool, dark, quiet place.

FLYING FOXES:

Do not approach. They may carry viruses harmful to people.

GLIDERS:

Wrap gently in soft cloth & place inside your shirt to keep it warm. Then place very gently into a doubled over pillow case, as a snuggle bed, in a box & keep in a quiet place. If it's cold or wet, tuck a bottle filled with warm water or a warm heat pad in beside it.

KANGAROOS AND WALLABIES:

Unfurred Joey: If what you can mostly see is pink skin, or if the animal looks like it is covered in suede, wrap it gently in cloth & tuck it under your shirt close to your body heat. Then fill a bottle or hot water bottle with warm (not hot) water, or use a warm (not hot) heat pad, & place it on the bottom of a box or other container; double a pillow case to make a snuggle bed; place the joey inside & tuck it in close to the warm bottle, & place the container in a quiet place. Renew the warm water if there's a long wait.
Furred Joey: Place a doubled over pillow case, with the joey inside this snuggle bed, in a container & keep in a quiet place.
Adult: If the animal is injured or ill, make no attempt to approach or handle it. Try to keep track of its location.
If the animal is newly dead, it may have a joey in its belly pouch. If you can do so safely, check the pouch. If it contains a live joey that is not attached to a teat, remove it & treat as for unfurred joey. If a live joey is attached to a teat, & you can, cut the teat as far as possible from the joey's mouth & treat as for unfurred joey; OR wait for help.
If the pouch is empty, but it's obvious a joey has been in it, search surrounding area as it may have moved away.

KOALAS:

If on Tilligerry or Tomaree peninsulars, ring the Hunter Koala Preservation Society: 0418 NATIVE or 49628483
Joey: Keep warm by gently wrapping in soft cloth & tucking it inside your shirt close to your body. Heart & stomach sounds prevent panic.
Adult: While being careful for your safety (watch out for claws & jaws), try to stop the animal climbing a tree; if it does, try to keep track of its location. Otherwise, by approaching from behind so that it can't see what you're doing, cover it with a rug or something that will keep it warm & prevent excessive movement.
If the animal is newly dead, it may have a joey in its belly pouch. If you can do so safely, check for one &, if it's alive & not attached to a teat, remove it & follow the directions for joey above. If the joey is alive & attached to a teat, if you can, cut the teat as far away from the baby's mouth as possible & treat as above; OR wait for help.
Look for any juvenile joey that might have fallen from its mother's back.

POSSUMS:

Unfurred joey: If what you can see is mostly skin or what looks like suede, gently wrap the animal in soft cloth & tuck it inside your shirt close to your body heat. Then fill a bottle or hot water bottle with warm water, or use a warm heat pad, & place it in the bottom of a box or container; double over a pillow case as a snuggle bed; place the joey inside that & tuck it in close to the heat source. Keep in a quiet place. Renew the warm water if there's a long wait.
Furred joey: Place a doubled over pillow case, with the joey inside this snuggle bed, in a container & keep in a quiet place.
Adult: If you can do it safely (watch out for claws & jaws), place animal inside a pillow case, or on top of a blanket or towel in a washing basket & keep in a quiet place. If this is not possible, try to cover it with a light blanket or towel; or just try to keep track of its location.

If the animal is newly dead, it may have a joey in its belly pouch. If you can do so safely, check the pouch. If it contains a live joey that is not attached to a teat, remove it & treat as for unfurred joey. If a live joey is attached to a teat, & you can, cut the teat as far as possible from the joey's mouth & treat as for unfurred joey; OR wait for help.

REPTILES: (e.g Bearded Dragon, Blue Tongue, small Goanna)

An incapacitated reptile can, with care (use thick gloves or equivalent), be placed in a box & kept in a quiet place.

SEA TURTLES:

Extreme care for your safety needs to be taken, as the beak & flippers can damage. Only if it is safe to do so, try to get the animal on land.

SNAKES:

Unless you are very sure the snake is not venomous, do not approach. Try to keep track of the animal's location.

An incapacitated non-venomous snake can, with care (use thick gloves or equivalent), be placed in a box & kept in a quiet place.


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