What to do if you find a native animal
DO NOT HANDLE BATS OR FLYING FOXES UNLESS YOU ARE SUITABLY VACCINATED AGAINST LYSSAVIRUS AND RABIES
- If the animal is injured, unwell or seems to be unable to survive without intervention, please contact FNQ Wildlife Rescue and we will coordinate the rescue of the animal or provide advice on how to rescue it. If you can transport the animal to a veterinarian or to one of our volunteers, this is the quickest way to provide the much needed assistance to the animal. Your help is greatly appreciated.
- If the animal seems to be in good health, is not distressed, is in no danger, and is not a danger to people, the best advice is to simply leave it alone and monitor from a distance wherever possible.
- If you are unsure whether the animal needs help contact FNQ Wildlife Rescue and provide as much information as you can.
Resist the temptation to cuddle the animal - they are not used to human contact.
DO NOT try to care for the animal yourself - All Australian animals in care require a highly specialised and intensive feeding programme.
- Specialized diet, quantities and frequencies are required, especially for "pinky" Joeys.
- A lot need urgent veterinary attention (that may not be immediately obvious).
- Many need specialised housing requirements such as exact heating, perching, bedding and sometimes humidity.
- ALL require a complex rehabilitation programme.
It is illegal to keep a native animal without a rescue permit. If you are interested in becoming a wildlife carer, we would love to hear from you. Simply go to our Contact Us page and complete an online enquiry form.
If you find an orphaned, sick or injured native animal, please contact our 24 Hour emergency hotline on (07) 4053 4467 as soon as possible. The faster the animal comes into care, the better the chances of a full and successful recovery. Every minute counts.