Wildlife carer takes in magpies shot at and poisoned
MAGPIES are continuing to fall from the sky around Aroona and wildlife carer Diane Meldrum is looking for answers.
The Moffat Beach resident rescued a magpie that had been shot with a BB gun and left for dead last month and had taken eight more, which appeared to have been poisoned, to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.
Two more were found in the same one-block area of Aroona last Monday.
So far, only one of the magpies has died.
Mrs Meldrum is caring for one of the allegedly poisoned birds and the BB gun victim, which she has affectionately named Crick.
"It's because he walks around like he has a crick in his neck," she said.
"(On Saturday) he wasn't moving very well and was all hunched over and couldn't lift his head properly, but he's now moving a lot better so I will give him more time and hopefully he's all right."
Wildlife hospital experts had taken samples from the magpies and would send them away for testing to identify if the cause of illness was due to poisoning.
Mrs Meldrum said she had checked in with council to see if any spraying had been done in the area, but later concluded that would affect all birds, not just magpies.
"Magpies will eat pieces of meat from people's hands so I hope someone's not deliberately targeting them," she said.
"I have seen something similar four years ago, where a few crows were poisoned at a park in Pelican Waters.
"It's very hard to detect that sort of thing so I will be interested to hear what the wildlife hospital have found when I take Crick in for a check-up next week."