EMERGENCY INFORMATION

ADULT BIRDS

Pick the bird up carefully but quickly with a towel or thick gloves taking care not to apply pressure to the animal. Place the bird in a box with a towel or a rag on the bottom and air holes in the side.

Close the top of the box and place the bird in a dark, quiet and warm environment. Birds go into shock easily so its important to put them in the dark and handle them as little as possible to reduce the severity of the shock and aid in healing.

Contact your nearest registered wildlife organisation for further instructions.

Please do not give the bird anything to eat or drink unless you have been advised to do so by someone from a registered wildlife organisation

 

 

JUVENILE BIRDS

Little or no feathers - At this age the mother bird would regularly be sitting on the nest to keep her chicks warm so its important that you create an artificial heat source until you can get it to a carer. The easiest way to do this is to put a hot water bottle in the bottom of a box covered in several towels or rags and place the baby on top. You don't want to cook the bird.

Use common sense, you just want to keep it warm.

Contact your nearest registered wildlife organisation for further instructions

Please do not give the bird anything to eat or drink unless you have been advised to do so by someone from a registered wildlife organisation.

 

LARGE MAMMALS

An animal that is concussed may appear dead so unless a hundred percent certain that it is dead, treat as if it were injured.

Remembering that these are wild animals always take care when picking them up no matter how docile they may appear. The most effective way that we have found is using a large towel or sheet etc approach the animal from behind and swiftly and directly scoop the animal up and restrain in a cardboard box with the lid closed. Place in a quiet ,dark area and phone your nearest wildlife organisation for help.

Don't give the animal anything to eat or drink . All marsupial females have pouches so if you see a marsupial injured or dead on the road, there is a 50% chance that it has a joey and an even greater chance that the joey is alive.

If there is a joey keep it in the pouch and place the mothers body in a cardboard box. If the pouch is empty, check the area around the mother as the joey may have been thrown out. If the joey has been thrown from the pouch or you cannot take the mothers body with you then you must provide the joey with warmth.


These little ones are still very dependent on their mothers and depending on their stage of development, cannot regulate their own body temperatures and require heat.

Wrap the joey snugly in a clean cloth or beanie. You want the joey to feel secure. Remember it would still be in its mothers pouch or just starting to emerge from the pouch.

Then place the joey against your chest and phone your local Wildlife Rescue group or National Parks office.

 

First aid if bitten by a venomous snake:


Do not wash the wound site.
Do not cut the wound.
Place an elastic bandage over the wound site and bandage as far down the limb as possible, then back up the limb as far as possible.
Keep the patient as quiet as possible. This can be hard, but remember stress and fear will be the most visible signs in most cases of snake bite and should be treated accordingly.


Call an ambulance and get to a hospital immediately.

 

Do not ask the patient to walk to a vehicle for transport, bring the vehicle to the patient, the less movement on the part of the patient, the better.
Identification of the snake is not necessary, so do not attempt to capture or kill the snake to take to the hospital, most hospital staff cannot positively identify a snake.
The Commonwealth Serum Laboratories have produced a snakebite detection kit, which has been issued to all major hospitals through out Australia. This kit enables the hospital staff to safely take a swab from the wound site and after testing they are able to tell which anti-venom is the correct one to use. If the test is inconclusive, then a polyvalent serum may be administered.
I feel very sorry for our venomous snakes, most of us are frightened of them, and in many cases the snake suffer due to our fear. They are not interested in attacking us; they will usually try as hard as they can to get away.
If you find a snake inside, if possible leave it an avenue of escape, close the room of if you can, and leave doors and windows open so the snake can leave when it no longer feels threatened.

When walking outside at night or in the bush wear suitable footwear.

Reference: Graeme Gow’s complete guide to Australian Snakes.
WIRES Rescue and Immediate Care manual.

Spring brings out our reptile friends, after having spent the winter months in semi hibernation; they are now out and about looking for a good feed. Snakes, in particular, are very active, so be aware when walking through the bush that even though you may not see them, they are all around us and considering how rarely we actually see a snake, they are pretty good at keeping out of our way. They have no benefit in biting us, except in defence as they cannot eat us, so using up precious venom is not in their best interest. They will only strike if they feel threatened; leaving them alone is the best option for not only the snake, but us as well.

We receive many calls to relocate snakes from a multitude of situations, usually due to a fear of them, not just because they actually pose any immediate threat. Why are we so frightened of snakes, does it relate back to the Garden of Eden, or is it the misconception that they will attack and bite if we get anywhere near them, I don’t really know. But what you may like to consider is that the snake that lives around or near your premises, be it in the paddock or garage, knows you, as it has lived within its territory since it was born and in some cases that can be up to 50-60 years, most snakes have a very long life. It knows when you hang out the washing, it knows when you go to sleep and the coast is clear, it knows to stay out of your way. The one time you spot it sunning itself, or hunting for food, it will be as surprised as you, but will not strike as long as you leave it alone, and give it a chance to get away from you. You have simply noticed it for the first time, whereas it may have seen you thousands of times before.

If a resident snake is taken away from your property, it is only a matter time before another snake decides to move into its territory; the problem now is that the new arrival does NOT know your movements, so when you place your foot blindly down next to its head or hands into shrubbery, it feels threatened and reacts accordingly.

The simple fact is that we live in snake territory, and can live harmoniously, as long as we understand and give the native animals the respect and space they deserve. If you find a snake inside, leave it an avenue of escape if possible, close the room off if you can, leaving doors and windows open, to allow the snake to makes it exit when it no longer feels threatened.

Most people are bitten by snakes when trying to kill them, or wandering about outside at night in bare feet, what for, well I leave that to your imagination. Wear suitable footwear even if just ducking out for a short stroll, as snakes do not have ears but sense vibrations through the ground, and being the hunter/gatherer type that we are, our bare feet are designed for silent and non vibration movement.

We would like to remind everyone how do deal with a snakebite, just in case, and would like to emphasise the importance of ensuring your children are also aware of what to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

©Wildlife Mountain 2000 - 2014

 

We would also like to acknowledge the amazing support and help we have had from the Lismore Vet Clinic who have been an invaluable support to both us and the native wildlife of this region.


All native birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are proteced under the Wildlife Act 1975, they may not be captured or harmed in any way without an authority issued under the Wildlife Act.

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