Volunteer vets preparing to leave
What a week! Actually what a summer! And it's not over yet. Interviewed by Fox TV and the inaugural trip for the mobile care unit (and like many others my first week back to work after the Christmas, new year break) I had a call around lunchtime on the Tuesday asking if I was able to go to waratah park to do an interview for fox TV along with a small group of other Sydney Wildlife carers.
We did lots of live crosses to the United States, fed our wildlife charges in the breaks and finished in the wee early hours of the morning. The air was still thick with smoke to remind us why we were there; the world is interested in us, our wildlife and the environment. The out pouring of emotion and offers of assistance from people from all walks of life is truly humbling. We are just normal people dealing with what life throws at us, we also happen to be wildlife carers. We all feel a responsibility to look after our wildlife and environment.
A couple of days later, we saw the Sydney Wildlife Mobile Care Unit off on it's inaugural journey to our fire ravished south coast with a team of fantastic volunteer vets and carers on board armed with tonnes of medical supplies, bandages, water and food for the animals (all of which had been donated).
After they left, I was tidying up and I found one of the original concept photos of the "van". That got me thinking about how we got here.
It was about 3 years ago and Joan - a fellow carer had a vision to make specialist veterinary care available to carers and their native wildlife. There were many hurdles and many who didn’t think that we would get there but there were more people who shared the dream and supported the idea and the team. Joan and Lynleigh have worked tirelessly to get this exciting new concept of a mobile care unit for native wildlife off the drawing board and into reality.
Sadly, the Mobile care units’ inaugural journey was to help out in the bush fires that have killed and injured literally millions of animals. On the plus side, Sydney Wildlife have people like Joan, Lynleigh and the wonderful team of volunteer vets and carers working together with Wildlife Care South Coast and the extended team of people who have done everything from sewing pouches and bat wraps, to giving donations of goods and medical supplies. Not to mention those who have given us the funds to purchase other medical supplies, fuel and essential equipment. As Sydney Wildlife is a 100% volunteer organisation, we can't do the important job of looking after our unique precious wildlife without the support of the community and the donations.
I could list many people who have helped but alas there is not enough space on the paper to thank everyone individually. So please accept our thanks and know that we will be continuing to look after our wildlife with your help and ongoing support.
Finally, I would like to say I am proud and honoured to be a part of such a great group of people as Sydney Wildlife.
Driving through the devastation
Kangaroo joey with burnt feet
Joeys now treated and bandaged.
Thin monitor no food due to fires
Red-bellied Black snake being examined
Fire victim echidna meets care unit echidna