Wildlife fairing well so far

THE wild has been taken out of wildlife carers this Christmas period after they had one of their quietest periods on record.

Bird expert Christine Lillian Andersen said the festive season was usually a busy time.

“It’s been quiet — I think with the rain — it’s been wonderful,” she said.

“It’s really feeding everything and I’ve been releasing birds.

“We’ve had no horrific winds that throw birds out of their nests.”

Fellow carer Sue Johnston said the holiday period was traditionally a quiet time for her.

Mrs Johnston specialises in possums and said December and January were times she released the animals.

She said she had not even had a possum brought in as a result of a road accident this festive season.

“We’ve had a couple of lorikeets come in because of road kill, but no possums,” she said.

Booyal carer Jill Greenwood said she had had only one baby Eastern Grey kangaroo, which was unusual for the time of year.

“Usually I have five or six,” Ms Greenwood said.

“It’s unusual particularly because it has been so dry — I expected to see more animals on the roads.”

But she fears the reduced number of animals being brought into care could be a sign that their numbers are dwindling in the wild.

“It worries me in case they are becoming extinct,” she said.

But due to the dry conditions, Ms Greenwood has still been busy with feedings.

“A lot of the animals I’ve released have been coming back looking for food, so I have been putting out food and water for them while it’s so dry,” she said.

To report an injured animal, telephone the RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).



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