Injured Native Animals
All injured animals should be reported to NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Inc (WIRES)
Improper rescue efforts can hurt both the animal and the rescuer.
That is why WIRES trains all its volunteers.
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.
WIRES provide the following General Emergency Care guidelines.
Remove any threat to the animal. This may mean locking up cats and dogs until the animal is rescued by a licensed rescuer.
If possible, minimise stress by placing a towel or blanket over the animal and then gently placing the animal 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.
In New South Wales, call WIRES on 13000WIRES or 1300 094 737.
WIRES will give you advice on what to do until a trained WIRES rescuer comes to take the animal to a vet or WIRES foster carer. The foster carer will look after the animal until it is ready to be returned to the wild.
Please remember: It is against the law to keep native animals taken from the wild. They must be passed on to an authorised carer with a licensed wildlife rescue organisation.