We have tried to
provide some practical advice in relation to some common problems
that are experienced with wildlife.
Any bird that is sick or injured will need veterinary treatment. If
a baby bird has fallen from a nest and is uninjured the first option
is to return it to the nest and observe it for a period of time to
ensure that the mother feeds it.
information on native birds and to ensure the correct outcome for
each situation, please read the following information.
Baby Bird Information – For a detailed article on what
to do with baby birds. This article includes indepth information on
re-uniting baby birds with their parents and how to tell if a baby
bird needs our help.
Baby Bird Poster with instructions on how to create a
Download the RSPCA
you can do if you find a Young bird”
Snake in your yard
Don’t panic!!! If the snake is in your yard it may just be passing
through, warming up prior to eating or searching for food such as
chooks or mice. Snakes do not go looking for people! If the
situation is distressing you, we suggest that you keep your
children, domestic animals (including birds and guinea pigs) and
yourself away from the snake and wait for it to move on.
If the snake is in your
house, garage, swimming pool, car or school yard, or you feel that
you are at risk contact The Northern Wildlife Carers 1800008290
www.ntwc.org.au or your local wildlife organization or the
Department of Environment Resources and Management (DERM) on 1300
130 372 to obtain the names of licensed snake handlers in your area.
Removing snakes requires a special permit called a Damage
Mitigation Permit and therefore most snake handlers may charge a fee
to remove the snake. Most snake handlers are available 24 hours a
Remember, most snake
bites occur when people are trying to move them. Snakes can be very
difficult to correctly identify – some venomous snakes can be the
same colour and pattern as non-venomous snakes.
Snakes are native animals and are protected by law.
For more information – Flora and Fauna “Problems caused by snakes”
Possums in your Ceiling
Possums that take up residence in ceilings are usually brushtail
possums. Keep an eye out to see where the possum is exiting the
ceiling. This usually occurs just on dusk or up to an hour or so
after. Have your tools ready to block the entrance to the ceiling,
splash a bit of disinfectant around and have a new home ready for
the possum by putting up a possum box high in a tree. Remember that
possums only look to human habitation because their preferred
sleeping places - tree hollows - are non-existent or already
occupied. Possum boxes are available from your local wildlife
groups as are the contact details for specialized possum catchers.
Possum in the Chimney
If the sides of the chimney are smooth and do not allow the possum
to climb out, and the chimney is accessible from above, a rope or
sheet secured above and dangled down may give the possum something
to grip on and climb up. Alternatively the possum may be able to be
reached from below using gloves and a towel but be careful of the
claws and teeth. Alternatively it may be lured into a box with some
fruit. Failing all, call your local wildlife organisation. Captured
possums should not be released until nightfall (the same applies to
any nocturnal animal).
If you find a pigeon that is banded contact your local racing pigeon
club and provide details of the ID number from the band, if possible
so that they can locate the owner of the pigeon. Check your Yellow
Pages for a local pigeon club near you.
Frogs are better not handled. However if they are required to be
handled your hands should be clean and wet. Frog spawn, tadpoles and
frogs should not be moved. For information on frogs contact your
local frog organization for advice such as the Queensland Frog
For information on problems with bees contact your local Bee Keepers
As bandicoots eat lawn grubs and other insect pests, count your
blessings that you will not have to spray for such insects! Remember
that the damage that they do with their holes is only short term.
This behaviour usually only lasts a few weeks during the breeding
season so try to avoid the area that the bird is protecting for this
short time. Try wearing protective clothing and remember that they
are only protecting their family just as we humans would.
Birds flying at windows
This is usually a territorial behaviour as the bird sees its
reflection in the window as a rival. If one window is involved
trying covering it for a short period until the breeding season is
over. Alternatively try placing pot plants or a screen of some sort
in front of the window to deter the bird.
For more information – Flora and Fauna Notes “Problems caused by
birds attacking windows”.
Birds flying into
If the bird is bleeding or has broken bones take it immediately to
your local vet. Otherwise place the bird in a box and keep in a
warm, dark quiet place for a couple of hours. Once the bird has had
time to recover take the box outside and open it, they will usually
fly straight off. If the incident occurs in the afternoon keep the
bird overnight before attempting to release it. If the bird is
still unable to fly take it to your nearest vet or contact your
local wildlife organization.
Ducks in your Pool
Turn off the filtration system or the ducklings will risk being
sucked into it. Provide a ramp or some sort of method so that the
ducks can exit the pool easily. Try providing an alternative water
source such as a fish pond if the ducks keep returning. If you need
to catch the ducks to remove them, remember that you must catch the
mother first or she may take off and then the ducklings will be
orphaned. Ducklings do not have waterproof feathers as the mother
provides the oil for waterproofing, so if they are left wet or in
water they will die of pneumonia. Keep them warm and dry and contact
your local wildlife organisation as soon as possible.
Eggs on the Ground
Some birds lay their eggs on the ground so if you find any eggs, do
not disturb them.
Birds trapped in a
Open all the exits and keep quiet and out of the way and hopefully
the bird will fly out. If the exits are small and inaccessible and
the ceiling is high, the bird may have to be caught which can
sometimes prove to be very difficult. A long handled fishing net may
help or if the bird is a seedeater, seed may entice them to the
ground to enable them to be captured more easily. If the building
is accessible after dark when the birds have gone to roost they are
often more easily caught.
domestic or exotic animals
Contact your local council by referring to your local telephone