Wildlife Information

If you find a small injured animal and it’s safe to do so, please scoop up in a towel and place in a box. Transport to your nearest vet. If you find a large injured animal on or near a road, please contact Police on 000 for assistance. If you find a deceased animal and it has a pouch (kangaroo, wallaby, wombat, koala, possum) please check for young. If safe to do so, please move a deceased animal off the road.

Please do not feed our native animals. They eat a balanced diet and do not require supplement feeding. This can make them dependant on humans or cause illness or other issues.

Koalas

Koalas

may appear to be cute and cuddly but in fact have razor sharp claws and teeth. Do not attempt to handle. Please call HFW for assistance.

Birds

Birds

If you find an injured bird, please scoop up in a towel and place in a box. Transport to your local vet as soon as possible. It can then be assessed and treated before going to a wildlife carer. DO NOT handle birds of prey, such as eagles and hawks, as they need specialised handling. Contact HFW for assistance.

Fledglings

Fledglings

are baby birds that have left the nest to learn to fly. They may not quite have all their adult feathers, but mum and dad will still be around. Place on a tree branch off the ground and observe for the next few hours to ensure the parents are attending. If the bird is injured, please take to your nearest vet.

Echidnas

Echidnas

will burrow if threatened. They will not move until they feel safe to do so. We do not relocate echidnas as mothers will leave their young, known as puggles, in a nest while they wander off to forage for food. Puggles do not need to be fed daily. Please secure your pets and stay well away.

Kangaroos & Wallabies

Kangaroos & Wallabies

are known as macropods. Please do not attempt to handle an adult macropod. Please contact HFW for assistance.

Possums

Possums

that are found most regularly in backyards are either the ringtail possum or the brushtail possum. Ringtail possums are smaller than brushtails and have short smooth fur with a long slim tail. Brushtail possums have very bushy fur and a brush-like tail. Ringtails like to build a nest, or drey, made out of twigs and leaves in a tree. Brushtails prefer a tree hollow or a roof space. Please consider using nest boxes on your property.

Bats

Bats

can carry a virus that may be passed on to humans so, if you find a sick or injured bat, PLEASE DO NOT HANDLE. Some carers are vaccinated so that they are able to work with bats. There is a huge difference in size between a Grey-headed Flying-fox (GHFF) and Microbat. Both live in colonies. GHFF live in trees whilst Microbats like cover for roosting, such as roofs, wall cavities and tree hollows.

Ducks

Ducks

will often lay their eggs in residential backyards, as they offer lots of cover and protection. If you find ducklings with parents in your backyard, please leave them alone, as they will make their way out by themselves. Please keep your pets locked away to ensure they can leave safely.

Wombats

Wombats

are marsupials and are mainly out at night. Please stop and check if you find one injured. If deceased, please check the pouch. Contact HFW for assistance. If you encounter a wombat with mange, please contact Mange Management on 0431 600 125.