It’s not only koalas who are out and about at present. The weather has meant that there is more shooting grass and other food about for wildlife and they are currently very active on the roads.
And it’s not only at night – this lovely little wallaby was hit sometime between 8.30am and 10am – there was a clear view of road for anyone who had been travelling at “wildlife speed”.
In this case, the wallaby had a buddy who sat on the road waiting for its friend to hop-on. When approached, the friend moved off into the bushes. When the body was taken to the side of the road, it was quite cold, so his friend had been sitting there waiting for a while. Another tragedy ready to happen when the next speeding human drove along the road.
Please slow down in areas known to have wildlife on the roads. If you do hit an animal, please stop and check it to see its condition. If it’s dead move it to the side of the road. Check to see if there is a pouch and anything in the pouch. If the animal is alive, please take it to the nearest vet – you shouldn’t be charged any fee.
Gently wrap smaller animals and birds in a towel or sarong and put them in a box away from other animals and children.