Helping injured wildlife

Due to bushfires, droughts, bad winds, urban sprawl and probably a lot of other factors we have had growing numbers of injured wildlife bought into our hospitals.

So here are a few tips on what to do if you find a baby bird

  • The best thing to do is place the bird back up in the nest if that is possible.
  • If not, you can often make a replica nest by strapping an ice-cream container to the tree and filling it with leaves etc. The the parents will then come down and feed the baby and it will have a much better chance of survival than a hand-raised bird.
  • If this is not possible, place the bird in a dark, warm box and if it is uninjured contact Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services on 9413 4300 or WIRES on 8977 3333 ASAP and they will organise to send out a carer.

For injured birds, mammals or reptiles

  • If you find an injured bird, mammal or reptile, place it in a warm dark box and bring it in to your nearest Sydney Animal Hospital so we can assess its injuries and commence treatment and re-release the animal as soon as possible.
  • Make sure you make a very careful note as to exactly where the animal was found so it can be released back into the same spot or as near and safe as possible.

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