Sick or Injured Wildlife

What to do if you spot sick or injured wildlife?

Please take time to help injured wildlife by following these simple steps:

  1. Observe the animal for signs of injury or illness and approach carefully. Always ensure the safety of yourself and others.
  2. Remove the immediate threat (e.g. dogs, cats etc). If it is an injured or sick koala, bat, snake or adult kangaroo or wallaby, please call the RSPCA immediately on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) and do not handle these animals as they require specialist care and rescue handling.
  3. If it is a bird, small mammal or small non-venomous reptile then check if the animal is still alive and pick it up using a towel or blanket and place in a ventilated box. Secure the box and keep it in a warm, dark and quiet place away from pets and people.
  4. Seek advice immediately from either RSPCA on 1300 ANIMAL or another local wildlife rescue group (see contacts below) or take the animal to a vet. The 1300 ANIMAL hotline is manned 24 hours/7 days a week all year and several vets are open 24 hours.
  5. If you find a healthy uninjured baby bird that has fallen from the nest, you can attempt to return it to its parents Call RSPCA for advice on how to do this or visit Wildcare Australia for more information on how to do this.
  6. Remember to check the pouches of dead kangaroos, wallabies, koalas, echidnas, possums and bandicoots for young. If you find pouch young, do not pull them off the teat. Instead, cut the teat from the dead mother and pin it to some material or pick up both mother and baby.
  7. If in doubt call the RSPCA - remember your safety comes first. Do not attempt a rescue unless you are confident that you will not be harmed and your actions will save the animal. The RSPCA will be able to provide advice, guidance and coordinates the dispatch of the Logan Animal Ambulance.

For more information, download our easy reference poster (PDF 232 KB). Feel free to make copies of this poster and distribute it to friends and family or place it up at your work or school.

Contacts

Logan Wildlife Ambulance

RSPCA QLD and Logan City Council have joined forces to deliver a dedicated animal ambulance to rescue any sick, injured or orphaned wildlife in Logan (phone 1300 ANIMAL). Staffed by volunteers, the ambulance operates 24 hours, 7 days a week and services the entire Logan area. Animals rescued by the ambulance are generally transported to the RSPCA's Wildlife Hospital or Companion Animal Hospital at Wacol for specialist vet treatment.

If you would like to find out about some of the great rescues the Logan Wildlife Ambulance has done feel free to download our posters. Feel free to make copies of these posters and distribute it to friends and family or place it up at your work or school.

- Rescue stories 1 (PDF 1779 KB)

- Rescue stories 2 (PDF 2410 KB)

 

RSPCA is currently looking for volunteers to help man this ambulance.

For more information on volunteering for the Logan Wildlife Ambulance see Volunteer Animal Ambulance Driver or contact Josephine Jordaan via jjordaan@rspcaqld.org.au or (07) 3426 9999.

Bats

Call Bat Conservation and Rescue on 0488 228 134.

Koalas

Call Daisy Hill Koala Ambulance on 07 3299 1032 or 0412 429 898.

The ambulance is operated by the Department of Environment & Heritage Protection and operates 365 days a year, from 8 am to 4.30 pm. If it is outside ambulance times of operation please call the contacts listed below.

Sea birds and water birds

Call Pelican and Seabird Rescue - Rescue Hotline on 0404 118 301.

Other wildlife

How else can you help?

Logan is one of a small number of areas in South East Queensland that is lucky enough to have a large range of native Australian animals living in our backyards. You can help to ensure they continue doing so for many years to come by following these simple tips:

  • Practice responsible pet ownership - At a minimum keep your cat indoors at night and den or tether your dog between dusk and dawn.
  • Be alert for animals on the road especially between dusk and dawn and drive carefully in bushland areas. Take extra care when driving through gullies and approaching corners and crests.
  • Create a wildlife-friendly backyard by planting natives, installing nest boxes and providing water.
  • Make your fencing wildlife-friendly, in particular avoid barbed wire and use appropriate netting to protect your garden fruit and keep wildlife safe from entanglement.
  • Practice environmentally responsible horse management techniques to aid the health of your horse, land and wallet! 
  • Dispose of all rubbish appropriately - wildlife can die or become seriously injured by being entangled or ingesting all sorts of rubbish that has been thoughtlessly discarded. Also become a responsible fisher - before appropriately discarding any tangled fishing line or string, cut it into short lengths, free of tangles and use metal hooks as they rust quickly unlike stainless steel.
  • Report sightings of roadkill/strike animals or of any threatened or locally significant wildlife you may have encountered in Logan via our online report your wildlife sightings form or by phoning Council.
  • Participate in Council's free Environmental Programs, including:
    • Land for Wildlife
    • EnviroGrants
    • Environmental workshops
    • Logan Eco Action Festival
    • Bushcare
    • Free Trees program