Animals in need over Christmas
POSSUMS, kookaburras, joeys, sugar gliders and baby lorikeets were just some of the injured wildlife rescued over Christmas by volunteers from Fraser Coast TESS Wildlife Sanctuary.
Supervisor Ray Revill said the team had expected a rush over the public holidays, especially considering the recent dry weather, but had been surprised by the number of callouts across the region.
He said they picked up five joeys alone over Christmas and Boxing Day, whose mothers were struck and killed by cars.
“We got one little joey about four months old whose mum got hit by a truck along Torbanlea Road,” Mr Revill said.
“The truckie didn’t stop but the people travelling behind did and noticed the little joey’s head sticking out of the pouch.
“They wrapped him up and brought him in. I took him in to my vet and without even X-raying him he spotted a fracture.
“They put a pin in his leg but he’s looking good to recover.”
Mr Revill said the recent dry weather “pushed the animals to road edges where the grass was greener” and that was how most of the accidents happened.
However, he said the team had recently nursed a number of possums and sugar gliders back to health that had been found in Maryborough’s CBD.
“Either they’ve been attacked by a dog or a cat. One possum was actually found in a Cleanaway bin.”
Mr Revill said once the team of seven volunteers at the wildlife sanctuary on Mungar Road, Maryborough, had nursed the animals back to health they were usually released back into their natural environment away from people.
Due to the increased demand for their services, Mr Revill said any donations of animal carry cases would be greatly appreciated.
“What we’re after are unwanted bird aviaries or carry cages,” he said. “Our volunteers are under a bit more pressure so we need more holding space.”
Anyone wanting to make a donation to the TESS wildlife sanctuary can call Mr Revill on 0427 872 236.