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Dog attack kills another wallaby at Cosy Corner, Tallow Beach

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Wednesday saw another wallaby put down after a suspected dog attack on the beach at Byron Bay, the second in a short period of time.

Sonia Friedrich, who found the injured wallaby, has called on locals and visitors alike to stop taking their dogs into areas of National Park, including up to the Byron Lighthouse.

‘No one thinks their dog will or can kill a wallaby or roo but they do,’ Sonia told The Echo

On Tuesday Sonia went to Cosy Corner at Tallow Beach where she noticed a wallaby standing in the distance. 

WIRES assessing the injured wallaby following a dog attack Cosy Corner at Byron. Photo Sonia Friedrich

‘I had felt odd all morning, a little vague and felt like I had been called there, despite the bursts of rain. I went over to collect some rubbish in the vicinity and looked around for where it had gone. The wallaby completely disappeared. It seemed so weird. I looked and looked and then I found it nestled and hiding in the reeds. It didn’t move or hop away. That was odd behaviour in itself. I thought something was wrong and called National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS),’ she said. 

NPWS arrived within half and hour and agreed that the wallaby needed assistance and calle WIRES Northern Rivers to assist. The wallaby was taken to the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital for assessment. 

‘I called the hospital this morning. The wallaby did not survive. It was blind in one eye and had a broken spine. It was believed to be the result of a dog attack. Thankfully, the wallaby was able to die peacefully,’ said Sonia. 

Sonia said this is the second wallaby death in this area in a short period of time and people need to stop takign their dogs there as this is a small and vulnerable population. 

‘It’s devastating. This is their home. Respect it,’ she said. 

WIRES rescuing the injured wallaby following a dog attack Cosy Corner at Byron. Photo Sonia Friedrich

Myopathy

Even if a wallaby or kangaroo doesn’t die immediately from a dog attack they will often die of myopathy following an attack. 

‘Myopathy in Macropods (being wallabies, pademelons and kangaroos) happens when the animal is under extreme stress, as is the case when it is being attacked or chased by a dog,’ says WIRES.

‘The animal does not have to be injured directly to develop rhabdomyolysis, which is a disintegration of the muscle fibres. From within 24 hours up to a few weeks after the incident, the wallaby will show stiffness and paralysis mainly in the hindquarters, progressing to complete paralysis, it will also salivate excessively, death will occur within 2-14 days after the stressful incident.’


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7 COMMENTS

  1. Could people please face up to their responsibilities? IF you’re a dog owner, you have got to keep control of this feral animal. There is no where your dog should be running free out of your control.
    Also be mindful, that dogs will eat the feces of humans who camp around Byron. Many of these people are on a variety of drugs and these will be no good for your “beloved” pet. Ask the local vets who have to treat these animals.

  2. Wires rescuers are volunteers. They do enormous work and often out of their own pockets. If only to reduce the workload for volunteers, please don’t take your dog to these beaches and while you are at it be cautious about wildlife on the roads dusk through dawn. It is very easy to NOT kill wildlife on the roads by being more mindful. And when the worst happens please DO call WIRES. Don’t just drive on as if nothing happened.

  3. That poor wallaby. Our wild life is so vulnerable to dogs. Dogs do not belong roaming or free ranging and definitely not in national parks. The wildlife does not stand a chance when a dog is allowed to run free outside side it’s owners property. The dog is just being a dog and the owner is being an …arrogant entitled person if they don’t think allowing their dog to roam free rein is a not an issue.

  4. that part of tallows is a no dog zone , pretty simple fine the morons $500.00 then they might respect the rules !

  5. Also , residents in that area , you can call animal control after hours number 6622 7022 and report any dogs in the area , attacking wildlife or off leash or lost . Or Ph during office hours 02 6626 7000 or email [email protected]

    please we all need to help the local wildlife

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