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The young kookaburra shortly after it was rescued from the ground. (Barb Wilkins)
The young kookaburra shortly after it was rescued from the ground. (Barb Wilkins)

A young kookaburra had the best possible start to the new year after being reunited with its parents after falling from its nest.

The drama unfolded after Sydney tourists, Geoff and Peter, found the young bird at the bottom of a tall Bangalow palm outside their holiday unit.

The could see the nest, and the parent birds flying in an out, but it was too high to be reached, even with the help of a ladder loaned from neighbours.

They put the young bird in a safe spot on the deck and called WIRES for help.

A temporary nest is placed in a nearby tree. (Barb Wilkins)
A temporary nest is placed in a nearby tree. (Barb Wilkins)

The WIRES rescuer placed a temporary nest for the chick lower down in a nearby tree, where the mother was able to reach its baby and feed it.

Early the following day, the rescuer returned with a builder and long ladder and pole, but it was still not enough to reach the nest.

At that point, the chick was brought into care until a way could be found to reunite it with its family.

Essential Energy were called to see if they could help – and on a very busy New Year’s eve, they could.

Josh and Ben came to the rescue with their high lift truck.

They put the truck in position, and took the chick right up to the  opening of the nest. There it was gently placed inside the nest, alongside its sibling and an egg. Mum watched on anxiously from the nearby power lines.

After the truck bucket was lowered, Mum was seen going into the nest to welcome the young one home.

The whole neighbourhood watched on, delighted with the outcome.

Essential Energy workers prepare to reunite the young kookaburra with its parents. (Barb Wilkins)
Essential Energy workers prepare to reunite the young kookaburra with its parents. (Barb Wilkins)

If you spot wildlife in trouble, call your local WIRES volunteers on the Hotline at 6628 1898. Any time. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week.

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  1. Hmmm, I hope they’re right. If there are too many chicks in a clutch and not enough food, the parents will often push a hatching from the nest. If it ‘falls out’ again, I’d be happy to care for it as I’ve raised another kookaburra in a similar circumstance and released it successfully into the wild.

  2. The time was just right. Just after the anniversary of the birth of baby Jesus around the time of the Falls Festival, two galah type parents tip out their young baby out of the nest, and the bird had a fall.
    What a couple of laughing Jackasses those parents were. Jesus! To live, the baby bird must have thought it was Christmas.


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