Wildlife Victoria @wildlifevictoria
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It has been a difficult summer for wildlife carers and shelters. While the focus has first been on assisting wildlife carers directly affected by bushfires and extreme heat events, Wildlife Victoria is aware there are many other shelters who take on sick, injured and orphaned wildlife day in and day out. A Wildlife Victoria Rehabilitator grant will soon be available for any authorised wildlife carer or shelter to apply for. Image description: A young Ringtail Possum at feeding time
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Wildlife carer & rescuer Lyn Button has seen the fires encircle her town in East Gippsland, destroying thousands of hectares of forest. Lyn is a member of the CFA and undertook training so that she could be part of the official response to wildlife affected by fire, but like other trained wildlife rescuers, she has not been called on to be part of the response. Wildlife carers are calling for a greater emphasis on an early response to wildlife in emergencies, to reduce suffering and to ensure timely rescue and treatment of injured animals. Lyn holds Smokie the Swamp Wallaby Joey whose mother was hit and killed by a car while fleeing the fires. Donations to our bushfire appeal are assisting Lyn to care for wildlife and support feed survivors in her area. 馃摳: @doug_gimesy Picture description: Wildlife carer with a swamp wallaby joey
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Since 2014, Wildlife Victoria鈥檚 Emergency Response Service has received calls for help to assist over a quarter of a million animals across nearly 400 species, many of them critically endangered. Demand for our Wildlife Emergency Service has almost doubled in the past five years. Your donations to our Bushfire Appeal are already financially supporting more than 30 shelters to get back on their feet, as well helping rescue groups to support feed surviving wildlife. 馃摳: @doug_gimesy
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A very lucky escape for a Lesser Long-Eared Microbat that accidentally landed in grease inside a roller door. He was rescued, degreased and is recovering well thanks to the wonderful care of @microbatsofmelbourne. These teeny tiny bats can be found almost everywhere and help keep insects under control. They often roost inside roof spaces and under umbrellas, but because the noise most of them make is too high pitched for the human ear we don't even realise they are there. It's really important that you never touch a bat: if you see one in trouble, please call our Wildlife Emergency Response Service on 03 8400 7300 so that we can send a specially vaccinated rescuer out to help.
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Meet Kerry, one of nearly 300 orphaned Grey-headed Flying-Foxes that donations to our bushfire appeal have been helping to care for these last few weeks. He's building his wing strength and learning to climb tree branches in preparation for his release back into the wild in a few weeks time. Kerry's Mum died in the record breaking heat that killed more than 4,500 flying foxes from a single colony in just one day. Flying foxes are a threatened and keystone species: they're our forest pollinators and each flying fox pollinates around 60,000 plants every single night, so we desperately need every one of these amazing creatures to help regenerate all the habitat burned by the bushfires.
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Our Wildlife Emergency Response Service received a call from a jet ski instructor last week after he spotted a heavily pregnant Blue-Tongued Lizard swimming alongside him, headed out to sea. We believe she had been washed away in heavy rains. Fortunately she hadn鈥檛 ingested any salt water and once given the all-clear from vets was taken to a wildlife carer for some R&R to await the birth of her babies. February is baby blue tongue season: mums give birth to live young but then they鈥檙e on their own. These laid back lizards are the organic gardeners best friend and will help out by eating all your snails and slugs 馃悓
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Lots of people want to help Australia鈥檚 wildlife in times of crisis, but the reality is that sick, injured and orphaned wildlife need our help every day. Our Wildlife Emergency Response Service receives more than 80,000 reports of animals in trouble, and with the help of some amazing volunteers we directly assist around 50,000 animals every year (even in years where there isn鈥檛 a bushfire). We all have a part to play in supporting and protecting our beautiful wildlife. Visit our website for useful guides on the most common wildlife situations you may encounter and how you can help. If you see a native animal in trouble, contact us on (03) 8400 7300 or report the details via the Snap Send Solve app or on our website. 馃摳: @doug_gimesy #wildlife #wildlifevictotia #australianwildlife
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A young Eastern Grey Kangaroo surveys his burned out joey enclosure after the bushfires. This hand-raised orphan was lucky to have been evacuated before the fires hit. There are over 400 licensed wildlife shelters in Victoria, and many have been directly affected by the recent fires. Your donations are assisting us in supporting fire affected shelters and carers, including supporting those who lost everything to rebuild so they can continue to care for our precious wildlife. 馃摳: @doug_gimesy
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