Ellie – Graceville Tree Frog
Ellie had had quite a journey before making it to the RSPCA wildlife hospital. She was found at a fruit shop in a punett of strawberries that had come from the Brisbane Markets. However, where the strawberries were grown and her original home was, was anyone’s guess!
We made many phone calls in an attempt to track down the whereabouts of her family, but to no avail. Frogs need to go back to where they came from in case they are carrying chytrid fungis (a highly contagious fungus that is endangring frogs worldwide). The only chance for Ellie to live was to be transferred to a quarrantine facility to be tested for several months for signs of the fungus. Luckily there was room for her at a quarantine holding facility at The Gap. She is on her way there next week to start her new life with other fruit shop frogs needing a new family too.
Chilly – Carpet Python
Usually snakes find quiet, dark, warm places like garden sheds, piles of wood and roof cavities where they can spend the winter undetected. Chilly went one step futher and came in through the window to settle in the corner of the lounge room near the pot belly stove.
The home owners were not too impressed with their house guest and bundled him up in a pillow case and brought him to the RSPCA wildlife hospital. The veterinary team checked him out to be sure he was ok before releasing him in nearby suitable habitat to find a less conspicuous place to spend winter.
Moe – Crested Tern
Moe was found tangled in disguarded fishing line at Redcliffe. He was rescued and brought to the RSPCA wildlife hospital to remove two fishing hooks. One hook was in his wing and the other was through his tongue.
The veterinary team got to work to prepare him for surgery to carefully extract the hooks. His wing was only minimally damaged but his tongue sustained severe injuries.
Despite the damage to his mouth his appetite was not affected and he took to downing many free fish everyday. We waited with trepidation to see it the tongue would heal or if the blood supply would not be restored and amputation would be required.
After a few weeks in a rehabilitation facilty Moe returned for his recheck with the vet. Luckily his tongue was on the mend and another week in care should see him ready to return to the sea to catch his own fish.