| Oct 19, 2023
Tragedy averted for entangled platypus
It's been a difficult Spring for Aussie wildlife, with early bushfires and unseasonable heat causing a big spike in the number of calls received at WIRES – more than 19,800 in September alone.
As you'll see below, our native animals are facing so many challenges – and people like you are one of the most significant safeguards they have left. Here are just three of your rescue stories.
Urgent rescue for distressed platypus
Last month, a man in Tasmania spotted a distressed platypus in a drainage ditch, adjacent to local wetlands. A discarded zip tie had tighteded around the platypus' neck and under his front arm. He was in pain and struggling to breathe.
The man called for urgent help and we dispatched our Tasmanian Emergency Responder Ned, in our Wildlife Ambulance. Ned quickly cut the plastic tie from around the platypus' neck and transferred him for urgent veterinary care. It is hoped he will survive.
Pouch check saves an orphaned joey
Meanwhile on the East coast of Australia, a woman called WIRES when she found an infant Mountain Brushtail Possum sitting by his deceased mother on the side of a road. They'd been hit by a car, but in his mother's pouch, the infant had been protected from impact. WIRES Emergency Responder Tarn quickly checked the infant for injuries, providing him with electrolytes for rehydration, and placed him in a warn pouch for transfer to a local vet. The orphaned joey is now comfortable with his WIRES carer, where he'll stay until old enough for release.
Urgent Rescue for Tasmanian Devil
An adult female Tasmanian Devil had fallen into pit used for the disposal of dead fish at an inland fish hatchery in Tasmania. Workers had first seen her three weeks prior and thought she was living successfully in the area, however they called as soon as they’d witnessed her again, this time looking extremely sick.
Our Tasmanian Emergency Responder Ned was deployed to the scene. Upon arrival he found the animal to be emaciated, dehydrated, caked in rotten fish and clay, and verging on non-responsive. She was also in an extremely difficult position to access.
Luckily our Wildlife Ambulances are fully equipped with nets, poles, ladders, protective gear and medical supplies.
After an extensive, finicky and extremely smelly rescue, the Tasmanian Devil was successfully contained and immediately transported to Bonorong for urgent veterinary care. When ready she’ll be transferred to a wildlife carer for rest and rehabilitation.
Thank you as always for helping us rescue, rehabilitate and release Australian native wildlife in desperate need. On their behalf, we appreciate it!