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The extensive areas ravaged by fire 🔥 has reduced the number of feed trees for flying-foxes. As a result we are currently responding to a large volume of calls about flying-foxes 🦇 entangled in backyard fruit tree netting.

If you see any animal caught in netting, call our Rescue Line ‪1300 094 737‬. It is important to never touch a bat or flying-fox and to immediately call for assistance.

Netting entanglement can result in constriction wounds, abrasions, fractured bones and even death. Any netting which has holes large enough for your pinky to fit through is a danger for wildlife.

As Flying-foxes forage for food, their toes and wings can get caught in the netting holes. The more they struggle to get free by twisting and turning their bodies, the more entangled they become.

Fortunately, these situations are entirely preventable. Wildlife friendly netting is available from most major hardware stores. This netting has small holes, less than 5mm wide, which prevents wings and toes being caught.

Purchasing only this netting or choosing to leave trees net free especially in the aftermath of the fires is a simple choice which prevents many animals suffering.

Flying-foxes are valuable to our eco-system and never more so than right now. Flying-foxes fly long distances each night playing a role in disbursing seeds and pollinating forests. The further loss of hardwood forests would have serious implications 🌳 to our economy and our environment.

#flyingfox #bats #australianfires #wireswildliferescue #netting #nowmorethanever
The extensive areas ravaged by fire 🔥 has reduced the number of feed trees for flying-foxes. As a result we are currently responding to a large volume of calls about flying-foxes 🦇 entangled in backyard fruit tree netting. If you see any animal caught in netting, call our Rescue Line ‪1300 094 737‬. It is important to never touch a bat or flying-fox and to immediately call for assistance. Netting entanglement can result in constriction wounds, abrasions, fractured bones and even death. Any netting which has holes large enough for your pinky to fit through is a danger for wildlife. As Flying-foxes forage for food, their toes and wings can get caught in the netting holes. The more they struggle to get free by twisting and turning their bodies, the more entangled they become. Fortunately, these situations are entirely preventable. Wildlife friendly netting is available from most major hardware stores. This netting has small holes, less than 5mm wide, which prevents wings and toes being caught. Purchasing only this netting or choosing to leave trees net free especially in the aftermath of the fires is a simple choice which prevents many animals suffering. Flying-foxes are valuable to our eco-system and never more so than right now. Flying-foxes fly long distances each night playing a role in disbursing seeds and pollinating forests. The further loss of hardwood forests would have serious implications 🌳 to our economy and our environment. #flyingfox #bats #australianfires #wireswildliferescue #netting #nowmorethanever
WIRES Wildlife Emergency Grant Recipient - Two Songs Sanctuary, South Australia “The funding Two Songs Sanctuary has received from WIRES has been overwhelming.

When mother nature can be so cruel at times, it is the kindness and support from others that makes these times productive, and gives carers the ability to keep moving forward in the best interest of the animals.

Thank you to all those involved that have helped us reconstruct our rehabilitation enclosure and continue the worthy work we do for wildlife.

Walking together is how we can make a real difference for our wildlife that have no voice. Thank you, Thank you." Linda Davies - Two Songs Sanctuary

#australianfires #neverenoughwombats
WIRES Wildlife Emergency Grant Recipient - Two Songs Sanctuary, South Australia “The funding Two Songs Sanctuary has received from WIRES has been overwhelming. When mother nature can be so cruel at times, it is the kindness and support from others that makes these times productive, and gives carers the ability to keep moving forward in the best interest of the animals. Thank you to all those involved that have helped us reconstruct our rehabilitation enclosure and continue the worthy work we do for wildlife. Walking together is how we can make a real difference for our wildlife that have no voice. Thank you, Thank you." Linda Davies - Two Songs Sanctuary #australianfires #neverenoughwombats
Over the course of the bushfire crisis there were many evacuees but possibly none cuter than these two! Naked Nellie and Declan were already in care with WIRES volunteers on the Mid South Coast of NSW before the fires hit the area. 
Many of our volunteers across NSW had animals in care and had to evacuate their homes along with the animals in care as fires approached. Naked Nellie spent a long night snuggled in her pouch on the beach at Narooma, along with many others, as the fire approached.

Both Nellie and Declan are still in care and wombat joeys like these two will spend 18 months to 2 years in care with WIRES before they can be released back to the wild.

#wombatwednesday #wireswildliferescue #wombats #doubletrouble
Over the course of the bushfire crisis there were many evacuees but possibly none cuter than these two! Naked Nellie and Declan were already in care with WIRES volunteers on the Mid South Coast of NSW before the fires hit the area. Many of our volunteers across NSW had animals in care and had to evacuate their homes along with the animals in care as fires approached. Naked Nellie spent a long night snuggled in her pouch on the beach at Narooma, along with many others, as the fire approached. Both Nellie and Declan are still in care and wombat joeys like these two will spend 18 months to 2 years in care with WIRES before they can be released back to the wild. #wombatwednesday #wireswildliferescue #wombats #doubletrouble
WIRES Wildlife Emergency Grant Reciepient - Kim Davis, Victoria "This funding from WIRES will make a big difference in helping the animals I rescue and care for. It will give me the ability to obtain much needed rescue equipment which will aid in the efficiency of rescues, as well as my own safety and the animal’s safety. 
I will also be able to invest in important enclosure equipment such as bug catchers (for food) and water mist systems which will be vital in cooling down enclosures and aviaries in hot weather, as many animals suffer easily from heat stress." Kim Davis

North Eastern Victoria (Eltham, Warrandyte, Kangaroo Ground, Kinglake)

#ringtailpossum #australianfires #wildlife #wireswildliferescue
WIRES Wildlife Emergency Grant Reciepient - Kim Davis, Victoria "This funding from WIRES will make a big difference in helping the animals I rescue and care for. It will give me the ability to obtain much needed rescue equipment which will aid in the efficiency of rescues, as well as my own safety and the animal’s safety. I will also be able to invest in important enclosure equipment such as bug catchers (for food) and water mist systems which will be vital in cooling down enclosures and aviaries in hot weather, as many animals suffer easily from heat stress." Kim Davis North Eastern Victoria (Eltham, Warrandyte, Kangaroo Ground, Kinglake) #ringtailpossum #australianfires #wildlife #wireswildliferescue
These two Sugar gliders came into care in the Central West of NSW in late December. Smoke was blanketing the region during this period and dehydration and smoke inhalation issues were a likely cause.

This footage was taken when they had been in care about a week and were starting to self feed. They were only 18 and 19g when they arrived. They are nearing release size now - nearly 80g.

#gliders #sugargliders #wireswildliferescue
These two Sugar gliders came into care in the Central West of NSW in late December. Smoke was blanketing the region during this period and dehydration and smoke inhalation issues were a likely cause. This footage was taken when they had been in care about a week and were starting to self feed. They were only 18 and 19g when they arrived. They are nearing release size now - nearly 80g. #gliders #sugargliders #wireswildliferescue
WIRES Wildlife Emergency Relief Grant-Wildlife Empire

This funding from WIRES is going to assist us immensely as we are struggling through the drought. We will be able to purchase a much needed intensive care incubator as well as suitable enclosures for the wildlife that are coming into our care. Thank you for helping us help the wildlife of Goondiwindi and surrounds." Tennille Bankes - Wildlife Empire
WIRES Wildlife Emergency Relief Grant-Wildlife Empire This funding from WIRES is going to assist us immensely as we are struggling through the drought. We will be able to purchase a much needed intensive care incubator as well as suitable enclosures for the wildlife that are coming into our care. Thank you for helping us help the wildlife of Goondiwindi and surrounds." Tennille Bankes - Wildlife Empire
WIRES has been working with the @ripperalliance trialling the use of drones to help find surviving wildlife in bushfire zones.

#dronerescue @therippergroup @australian_uav @westpac
WIRES has been working with the @ripperalliance trialling the use of drones to help find surviving wildlife in bushfire zones. #dronerescue @therippergroup @australian_uav @westpac
On the Australia Day long weekend a young Sacred Kingfisher was found on the ground, alone and hungry in an area near the fire grounds in the Upper Clarence Valley in Northern NSW. It was not old enough to fly and therefore still dependent on the parent birds for food and protection.

The Sacred Kingfisher builds a nesting burrow in a termites mound, a riverbank or a tree hollow. Male and female share the work in constructing the nest and both defend it with tenacity. For this young kingfisher to be found alone and hungry something had obviously happened to the parent birds or this little one had somehow become displaced.

The person who found this exquisite little bird took it home and kept it warm, dark and quiet overnight and phoned WIRES early the next morning.

It is now in care with one of our specially trained avian carers.
When it is independent and has gained flight strength it will be released back to the wild.

If you find an injured or orphaned native animal remember that they all need specialised care. Call WIRES 1300 094 737 ASAP

#kingfisher #sacred #wireswildliferescue #australianfires
On the Australia Day long weekend a young Sacred Kingfisher was found on the ground, alone and hungry in an area near the fire grounds in the Upper Clarence Valley in Northern NSW. It was not old enough to fly and therefore still dependent on the parent birds for food and protection. The Sacred Kingfisher builds a nesting burrow in a termites mound, a riverbank or a tree hollow. Male and female share the work in constructing the nest and both defend it with tenacity. For this young kingfisher to be found alone and hungry something had obviously happened to the parent birds or this little one had somehow become displaced. The person who found this exquisite little bird took it home and kept it warm, dark and quiet overnight and phoned WIRES early the next morning. It is now in care with one of our specially trained avian carers. When it is independent and has gained flight strength it will be released back to the wild. If you find an injured or orphaned native animal remember that they all need specialised care. Call WIRES 1300 094 737 ASAP #kingfisher #sacred #wireswildliferescue #australianfires
Strong winds and heavy rain in especially in regions recently impacted by bushfires and drought may cause additional issues for surviving wildlife.

With little foliage remaining in some areas there will be limited shelter options and some birds may become waterlogged and unable to fly.

How you can help:

After the storm has passed and only if it is safe to do so please check for fallen chicks, nests or injured birds.

If you find a fully feathered bird on the ground please pick them up by gently wrapping them in a small towel or soft cloth with no loose threads (they can easily become entangled). Take them inside and place in a ventilated box large enough for the bird to stand, place a soft cloth on the bottom of the box. If there are clear signs of injury please call WIRES 1300 094 737. If there are not you can let the bird warm up and dry out in peace and quiet.

Please do not handle and do not feed the bird, if you feel it needs food please call for advice first.

Once the weather has settled the bird can be taken back outside, open the box to allow light in slowly and if the bird is OK it should fly away. If this does not happen please call for advice.

Small possums and gliders could also be found under trees after heavy rain and storms.

After the storm has passed and it is safe to do so please check any fallen trees specially older trees with hollows as almost certainly someone would have called that hollow home.

Please be vigilant on our roads looking out for wildlife. Take care and stay safe.

#wireswildliferescue #waterloggedbirds #heavyrain #storms
Strong winds and heavy rain in especially in regions recently impacted by bushfires and drought may cause additional issues for surviving wildlife. With little foliage remaining in some areas there will be limited shelter options and some birds may become waterlogged and unable to fly. How you can help: After the storm has passed and only if it is safe to do so please check for fallen chicks, nests or injured birds. If you find a fully feathered bird on the ground please pick them up by gently wrapping them in a small towel or soft cloth with no loose threads (they can easily become entangled). Take them inside and place in a ventilated box large enough for the bird to stand, place a soft cloth on the bottom of the box. If there are clear signs of injury please call WIRES 1300 094 737. If there are not you can let the bird warm up and dry out in peace and quiet. Please do not handle and do not feed the bird, if you feel it needs food please call for advice first. Once the weather has settled the bird can be taken back outside, open the box to allow light in slowly and if the bird is OK it should fly away. If this does not happen please call for advice. Small possums and gliders could also be found under trees after heavy rain and storms. After the storm has passed and it is safe to do so please check any fallen trees specially older trees with hollows as almost certainly someone would have called that hollow home. Please be vigilant on our roads looking out for wildlife. Take care and stay safe. #wireswildliferescue #waterloggedbirds #heavyrain #storms
This young platypus was found on a bush track by walkers in the Illawarra area earlier this week. WIRES volunteer, Hugh took the call and the young platypus was assessed and a decision made to transport to Taronga Zoo where there are facilities for onoing care.

UPDATE: Very sad news, this little one did not make it 💔

It is not often WIRES receives calls about platypus in trouble, they are secretive and elusive animals.

If you do find a platypus, remember that they are wild animals with specialised living requirements. They have no facial expressions so you cannot see their distress, they will be stressed and in shock after being picked up by any human. Please always call WIRES 13000 WIRES for immediate assistance.
#wireswildliferescue #platypus #monotreme #australia
This young platypus was found on a bush track by walkers in the Illawarra area earlier this week. WIRES volunteer, Hugh took the call and the young platypus was assessed and a decision made to transport to Taronga Zoo where there are facilities for onoing care. UPDATE: Very sad news, this little one did not make it 💔 It is not often WIRES receives calls about platypus in trouble, they are secretive and elusive animals. If you do find a platypus, remember that they are wild animals with specialised living requirements. They have no facial expressions so you cannot see their distress, they will be stressed and in shock after being picked up by any human. Please always call WIRES 13000 WIRES for immediate assistance. #wireswildliferescue #platypus #monotreme #australia
A reminder that WIRES emergency "Wildlife Relief Fund' is open nationally for grants to cover costs associated with the rescue and care of animals affected by fire, drought and extreme weather conditions.  Registered wildlife rescue groups and individually licensed carers can apply for funding for wildlife food, medical supplies, veterinary needs and equipment. Details can be found at:  https://www.wires.org.au/wildlife-emergency-relief
A reminder that WIRES emergency "Wildlife Relief Fund' is open nationally for grants to cover costs associated with the rescue and care of animals affected by fire, drought and extreme weather conditions. Registered wildlife rescue groups and individually licensed carers can apply for funding for wildlife food, medical supplies, veterinary needs and equipment. Details can be found at: https://www.wires.org.au/wildlife-emergency-relief
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