Published: 09 May 2013
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Basic First Aid for wildlife
If you find sick, injured or orphaned wildlife, the best thing you can do to increase their survival chances is to take them to an experienced wildlife rehabilitator or vet.
- To find your nearest one, call the WILDCARE helpline on 08 9474 9055.
- They hold a list of Department of Parks and Wildlife-registered volunteer rehabilitators across Western Australia.
- Do not keep wildlife without seeking expert advice, as the animal may not survive.
You should contain the animal securely so that it does not injure itself further or injure you.
- If you are worried about picking up an animal, get someone to help.
- Use a towel or similar to place over the animal and gently pick it up.
- Place it into an appropriately sized, ventilated box.
- Keep the animal:
- in the DARK
- in a QUIET place.
This reduces stress levels and makes transportation easier. It’s also important to have as little contact with the animal as possible.
Do not offer food or water unless advised to do so by a rehabilitator. (Definitely NEVER bread or milk!)
Always wash your hands thoroughly after handling wildlife.
Remember your own safety as well as the safety of the animal.
- Injured wildlife will be frightened and stressed, and can be very dangerous.
- Be careful of teeth, claws, beaks etc when approaching and handling.
To assist the rehabilitator and the future release, note:
- the location that you found the animal
- the time of day
- what condition it was in when you found it.
For more information on how to help specific species, contact the WILDCARE helpline on 08 9474 9055.
Other agencies that may be able to help if the Wildcare Helpline is busy:
South West Region
For further information, visit Living with Wildlife.
Last Updated: 15 April 2016