Chip the Galah
Back in January, a young Galah was brought to the wildlife hospital after being struck by a car. He had a fractured wing and was in a lot of pain. The wildlife vets administered analgesia and then got to work fixing the broken bone.
Chip has been with us for many weeks and has become a real favourite in the hospital amongst staff and volunteers. After weeks of cage rest, bandaging, lots of extra calcium in his food and time in the sun each day he is all fixed up. Now its on to the next stage of his rehabilitation – flight practice.
He has been sent to live with a wildlife rehabilitator for the next few weeks to meet some other galahs and spend time building muscle and confidence flying in a large aviary. Soon Chip will be able to be released with his new found friends.
Jerry the Green Tree Snake
Jerry’s finder got the shock of his life when his cat casually strolled inside the house and dropped the snake on the kitchen floor. Using a broom and a bucket he ushered the snake to safety then rang the RSPCA to figure out what to do next. After taking a quick picture and emailing it to the wildlife team he was happy to hear the snake was a harmless green tree snake and his cat would be fine – however the snake may not be and needed to be brought straight to the RSPCA wildlife hospital.
The wildlife team checked him out and were happy to find only a few minor scratches. He was given a dose of long acting antibiotics and the next day was on his way back to his home to Darra.
Cutie the Crested Pigeon
Cutie came into care at the RSPCA after being ‘rescued’ by a well meaning person. Found alone on the ground they thought the fledgling must be in trouble, but alas Cutie was bird-napped!
Baby birds often land on the ground while learning to fly but the parents are usually close by watching or finding some more tasty treats for their babies. RSPCA volunteers tried to reunite cutie with her parents several times but sadly were never in the right place at the right time.
Cutie has had to go to a wildlife rehabilitator to be raised and will be released with other orphans in a month or so. Sadly many baby birds end up in the hands of wildlife carers when they should be left with their parents to learn how to be a wild bird. Lucky, there are dedicated wildlife carers willing to put their lives on hold in spring to tend to these little ones.