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Byron Shire
January 18, 2022

Wet weather means travel at “wildlife” speed

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A casualty of someone’s busy morning – this wallaby was hit in daylight hours. Photo – A very sad Tree Faerie.

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.

Local wildlife cares can be contacted here: The Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers on 02 6628 18 66; or WIRES on 1300 094 737

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  1. The story should have mentioned that a joey’s mouth binds to the mother’s teat and should not bee pulled from it. The teat needs to be severed and left in the joey’s mouth when removing a joey from the dead mother. The number for WIRES Northern Rivers is 6628 1898.


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