Living so closely with native animals means that we
occasionally come into contact with sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.
Always remember wild animals are not used to being handled and are very
susceptible to stress. If handled improperly, they are likely to struggle and
hurt themselves even more. It is crucial to take care with the rescue of any
native animal and to reduce the animal's stress as much as possible.
Step 1: Remove any threat to the animal. This may mean locking up cats and dogs
until the animal is rescued by a licensed rescuer.
Step 2: Minimise stress by placing a towel or blanket over the animal, then
gently place in a box. Put the box in a warm, quiet, dark room and DO NOT
DISTURB. The stress associated with human contact can result in death.
Step 3: Call Mid-north Coast Branch of WIRES on 02 6652 7119
Please remember: It is against the law to keep native animals taken from
the wild. They must be passed on to an authorised carer within
a licensed wildlife rescue organisation such as
WIRES. Contact the Office of Environment and Heritage if you wish to obtain accreditation or more advice
on keeping native wildlife.