Caring for wildlife now under stress

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    Queensland is experiencing unprecedented levels of heat and drought, and as a result, our wildlife are suffering. Under normal conditions people should stay away from wildlife and refrain from feeding them, however, these extreme conditions mean that our furry friends may require some help from us to survive.

    Here are seven things you can do, from a safe distance of course, that could possibly save an animal’s life.

    Water troughProvide water.
    Koalas can’t tilt their necks to drink so use shallow dishes and bowls. Include twigs to help smaller animals get out if they need. If you have a larger property, troughs partly covered with wire and ramps can assist larger animals like echidnas as well as smaller bush birds.

    ParrotLeave food.
    Leave food under bushes and away from the house, to encourage animals to eat where they feel safe. Include food like sweet potato, fruit and any collected leaves, grass and shoots.

     

    Cover your pool.
    The last thing anyone wants is for an animal to drown in a deep pool they may see as a sanctuary.

    Animal watch.
    Keep an eye out for animals suffering heat stress. Heat stress presents differently in
    different animals. Watch out for nocturnal animals out during the day, and animals near the road at night. Watch closely for predators that may be preying on the food and water spots.

    First aid kitWildlife rescue kit.
    Have an emergency wildlife rescue kit ready in your car and local wildlife rescue numbers on hand. An emergency kit may include a fluro vest, gloves, torch, towel, pillowcase, first aid kit, pliers and a large box. These are essential for handling wild animals and doing the least damage until you can reach a rescue centre.

    Who to call.
    There are a number of agencies such as Wildlife Rescue on 1300 094 737 that are on call to provide essential rescue and treatment of wildlife. Get to know who to call so that you are prepared.

    Stay Safe.
    Always be careful when approaching a native animal, particularly if injured. Keep well
    away from any animal that may be venomous or dangerous, particularly snakes, goannas,
    flying foxes or other kinds of bats.

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