FEEDING SURVIVING WILDLIFE

 

The Aftermath |

There are many ways you can assist injured, sick or traumatised wildlife during the current bushfire emergency and if you come across an animal, most will require immediate access to water, food or shelter. However, it’s important to remember that only a licensed wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organisation or a veterinarian is licensed to take it into their care.

Please call our hotline if you require immediate assistance [our hotline is 0418 427214]. While waiting, try to keep the animal or bird safe and quiet in a covered box and never leave it in the care of underaged children.

Please also view our page what to do in a roadside or field emergency.  And likewise view this link for further information on crown land and national or state forest regulations.

 

The Rules for Feeding Wildlife |

We have put together a brief list of what foods wildlife require and how they need to be fed. While we normally don’t recommend this practice, the rules of engagement have changed as we battle the fires across two fronts.

But before you do go ahead, always consult with a wildlife carer in your immediate area if you have any questions regarding the appropriate food to leave out.

Here are a few tips:

  • All food stations should be monitored and potentially rotated;
  • Leave clean tap water in a bowl [nothing with sugar] and changed daily to prevent disease. Also, position the bowl of water close to the food drops;
  • Never give water straight from a bottle, especially to koalas. Either place water into a cupped hand or a water bowl;
  • Do not place food near the roads;
  • Relevant food should be placed in specific locations [depending on the habitats of  roos, wombats, wallabies, possums, etc];
  • Do not leave food out if there is existing vegetation growing in the area;
  • Food should not be left out to rot;
  • Seeds should never be left on the ground;
  • Never handle a flying fox. You must contact us and a trained officer wearing protective clothing will come to assist;
  • Do not encourage the wildlife to feed at your home; 
  • Always maintain your own safety while the fires remain active; especially if the hollows and undergrowth show signs of heat and smoke.
  • Remember that large trees are also at risk of falling
  • Always consult with us first as we are keeping a vigil on the fires and wind changes.

Foods that are Safe|

  • Apples
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Berries
  • Baby spinach rocket
  • Watermelon
  • Pears
  • Corn
  • Cos lettuce
  • Peas
  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin

Foods to Avoid |

Any brassica vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, turnips, collars, kale and bok choy.

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PHOTO: OF ECHIDNA |  [C] J.CAMPBELL


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