Emergency Care for Rescued Wildlife

Please Phone

Malubillai - 0412 609 104
Wildcare Helpline - 9474 9055

Emergency Care for Rescued WildlifeSpring is the busiest time for babies and young birds that may be in need of our help.  This usually begins in August and goes through to March the following year.

When finding wildlife in need of care, please phone the contacts shown on this page, they will give you advice on how to handle the situation safely.

For transportation an appropriate sized cardboard box with air holes in the sides and top and a towel in the bottom to prevent further injury is the best option.

The creature will be extremely stressed, so place the box in a dark, quiet place away from domestic pets and young children this will help reduce stress levels. It is not recommended to give food or water, but to get it to the nearest carer or veterinary clinic as soon as possible.

Emergency Care for Rescued WildlifeDucklings often get separated from their parents and need to come into care. They are easily stressed so the less handling the better. Treat as above for baby birds and transport to a vet or Carer as soon as possible. Please do not put them in water for a swim as they chill quickly and can die.

Most baby birds such as honeyeaters, wattlebirds, baby magpies etc, can be picked up gently and put in a box. Be aware that if the parents are nearby they will be protective and could attack.

Emergency Care for Rescued WildlifeHowever, adult birds that are injured, no matter what species, will be in shock and may be aggressive towards the rescuer. The easiest way to pick up these birds and the larger birds such as ravens and adult magpies is to wrap a towel completely around the bird and place in a box.

Larger birds like Cormorants, Parrots and Raptors etc, can give nasty bites, and can cause injury by lashing out with their feet and using their talons. These creatures are best being handled, by throwing a large bath towel or sheet over the whole bird and picking up making sure the beak and feet are contained to prevent injury.

In the event you are hesitant to handle an injured creature, please ring one of the above numbers to get advice.

Injured Marsupials

Do not approach an injured kangaroo call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055 for instructions.

Emergency Care for Rescued Wildlife

In the event the kangaroo is dead please check the pouch for young.

Orphaned joeys need to get to an experienced carer as soon as possible ring the Helpline or transport to a vet.

Joeys with little or no fur chill quickly and will die, so if no other source of heat is available use your body heat by putting the joey under your shirt and seek help urgently.

Injured MarsupialsInjured or cornered adult Possums can inflict serious injuries seek advice before attempting to handle them. Baby possums are often found in the pouch of their dead mum or very close by. If you find a dead possum and it is a female please check the pouch and surrounding area for a baby. In the event you do find a baby place a towel or cloth over it pick it up and secure it in a lined box in a warm environment before calling one of the numbers listed above.

Most Bandicoots come into care after motor vehicle impact sometimes they have  young in their pouches therefore please check the pouch of dead females. In the event you find babies follow the same instructions for possums.

Many Possums and Bandicoots are poisoned each year by people who think they have rats in the ceiling. Contacting a reputable pest control company may stop some of our wildlife from enduring a very painful death.

Emergency First Aid for Wildlife
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