About rescuing wildlife
Life at Kangaloola has been very busy lately; especially over the long weekend there has been numerous rescue calls. We would like to thank the people who actually put the effort in calling either Wildlife Victoria or Kangaloola Wildlife shelter when they find a injured, sick or orphaned animal.
However, we have noticed that a lot of people drive past an injured animal and only ring after they get to their destination, which could be hours after they initially find the animal. It is very important for the animal's chances of survival to get help as soon as possible. So if you find an injured or sick animal, please ring us as soon as possible. If you can stay with the animal till we are there, that would be great. If you cannot stay with the animal, can you please mark the spot where you find it? You can mark it in many different ways, tie a bag to a tree or post, put a mark on the ground with spray paint or just with rocks or make a mark in the dirt. You can even tie a tissue to the nearest tree. It does not matter how you mark the spot as long as you tell us how you have done it.
If possible please cover the animal with a towel or blanket and take it out of the sun if it is too hot. If the animal tries to get away when you approach it, just leave it as it is as long as it is not in danger by being hit by cars. We know that a kangaroo with broken legs will get up and hop away if it feels threatened. If the animals does run off it will suffer a lot more than necessary and it will make the search so much more difficult for us. Looking for an animals is time consuming, time that we rather use for giving medical attention to the animal.
If it is possible to pick up the animal, like an injured bird or a small joey, please do so with a towel or a jumper and ring us or Wildlife Victoria. If you are in the possiblity to take it to the nearest wildlife shelter, this would even be better. You can also take it to the nearest vet or even Police station and they will contact us or Wildlife Victoria.
Also, if you find a dead female animal, please do not forget to check the pouch. Most females will have a joey in their pouch and most times we will be able to hand raise those lovely little creatures. Don't pull the animal out of the pouch, but ask for assistance over the phone how to do this or just leave it till we get there. If the joey is still attached to the teat, you cannot pull it of the teat as you will tear the mouth and the animals cannot be saved.
Thank you all for reading this and for making time to try and help the animals!
Kangaloola Wildlife 24 hours emergency number:
0407 412 750