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Carers stories 2018

On this page we will keep you informed about animals that you have brought in to care with WIRES Northern Rivers branch. If you would like to know about a particular animal, please email us, and we will do what we can to keep you up to date.


January 16

Joan a resident of Alstonville was out for an early morning walk when she came across a large and very young white bird at the base of a huge Norfolk Pine.
She gently gathered up the chick and quickly returned home to phone Wires Hotline on 66281898.

Wires volunteer Julie was quickly on the scene and identified the large chick as a Royal Spoonbill chick.
The bird had no injuries so the best option was to return it to the nest where the parent birds could continue to raise it.
The only problem was the nest was approximately 30-40 metres up in this enormous pine tree.

After a few phone calls the Wires hotliner spoke to the owner of Down To Earth Tree Services, John Holmes.
John was on the scene with his cherry picker in no time at all.

The Royal Spoonbill chick went for a ride in John’s cherry picker and was placed back in the nest where it made itself comfortable and waited to be fed by its parents.

Thanks to Joan for calling WIRES and thank you to Down To Earth Tree Services, John Holmes for taking time out of a busy schedule in order to help return this beautiful chick to its parents.

By Julie Marsh




January 12

Learning to fly can be hazardous.

Bimbi is an 8 week old black flying-fox; she was somehow separated from her mum whilst learning to fly. Found hanging alone in a tree far away from the colony she was rescued by a WIRES volunteer after a call to our emergency hotline.
She will stay in care with other juvenile flying foxes till all are ready to resume life in the wild.

Image by Lib Ruytenberg




January 11

Kookaburra chick reunited with its family, thanks to Essential Energy

Birds sometimes build nests where a fall by a chick is fraught with danger. One Kookaburra family regularly uses tall bangalow palms in the centre of Byron Bay, and almost every year, WIRES is called out to a chick found on the ground.

This little fellow was found under a tall Bangalow palm by  holiday maker Ed , he called WIRES immediately and kept watch until WIRES volunteer  Deb arrived.

After checking the young chick had not been injured by the fall, and ensuring the parents were about, Essential Energy were called to assist with putting the little one back in the nest.

The wonderful Essential Energy crew once again used their cherry picker to put the little one back in its nest, watched over by anxious kookaburra parents. It is now safe with its sibling, and hopefully will stay safe until it has grown its flight feathers and is ready to fly off with the family.

 A huge thank you to Essential Energy for their prompt response and caring reunification of this little Aussie icon with its family.

Images by Deborah Pearce





January 3

A large Goanna was yesterday found sunning itself on a big pile of pallets at Beaumont Tiles in Ballina. Employees were concerned that it may get injured as the location is close to the highway and there is no source of food or water. It had appeared after flash flooding and a king tide had occurred.



WIRES volunteer Marion visited the location earlier today to check on the goanna which had now gone into the warehouse.

Goannas are not the easiest of native animal to handle, and this particular one was cornered with little chance of getting out by itself. It was fast becoming defensive so Marion called for backup.

 When WIRES volunteer Steve arrived it had gone into the ladies toilet.
 This area made the rescue a lot safer for Marion and Steve and the goanna was soon caught and placed into a suitable container for relocation back to a more suitable environment nearby.

Thank you Beaumont Tiles for calling WIRES and being concerned for the welfare of our native wildlife.

Images by Belinda & Marion Nel




January 7

HIGH ALERT: Flying-foxes are especially susceptible to a run of days with high temperatures. Flying-foxes suffering heat stress may come to the ground or move lower down roosts closer to the ground during daylight hours.
 If you see this please call WIRES or another wildlife care group immediately 1300 094 737.

 In Northern Rivers area please call 66281898

It is important NEVER TO TOUCH OR HANDLE a flying-fox under any circumstance as a very small number may present a risk of contracting Australian Bat Lyssavirus, a disease transmitted through bites and scratches.
If you are waiting for a WIRES rescuer to arrive and you are able to safely provide some form of shade over the flying-fox (without touching it) to keep it out of the direct sun, please do so.

If the flying-fox is on the ground and it’s a hot day, you can place a cool towel or umbrella above it until the rescuer arrives to protect it from the the worst of the heat.

Spraying the animal intermittently with a very light mist or setting up a sprinkler to gently wet the animal can also help.

Image by Nick Edards





Updated January 11 2018  

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