Most people are unsure what to do if they find sick or injured wildlife, sometimes the most genuine attempts by the public to care for wildlife can be the major contributing factor in their failing health.
Too often we see possums, birds and other native animals brought into the clinic after they have been with a member of the public for several days, where despite their best intentions, the animal has declined into a critical state.
Wildlife needs to be taken to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible for medical treatment and emergency first aid.
Steps you can take on the way to the vet:
- Keep the animal in a safe dark place (remember air holes)
- Keep as quiet as possible (remember to turn off the car radio)
- Keep domestic pets away
- Do not handle unnecessarily (the shock from being handled can kill)
If you find sick, injured or orphaned wildlife out of clinic hours, please call Wildlife Victoria on 1300 094 535. You can also report a wildlife emergency through their website: www.wildlifevictoria.org.au