RSPCA wildlife work

johnboy 4 July 2011 5
charlotte the wombat

The RSPCA are letting us know about their work with wildlife in the last financial year:

“We worked with 3,187 native animals, 102 short of last year’s figure which was 3,289 a reduction of 3%. Part of our community work has been focused on reducing the number of native animals presented as a result of unnecessary human intervention. Whereas it is too early to tell if this campaign has been working, to record a reduction of 3% of intakes is a pleasing start and something we will further analyse.

“We successfully released 894 animals back into their habitat, which represents a release rate of 28%, some 3% higher than last year. We have invested in significant staff training and have employed a dedicated wildlife vet in the last 12 months which has certainly assisted in this regard.” Michael said.

[Photo: Charlotte the wombat being fed, Courtesy RSPCA]

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5 Responses to RSPCA wildlife work
Thumper Thumper 8:07 pm 05 Jul 11

Wombats may look fat and cute but they are in fact the devil incarnate, albeit, shorter, fatter, and probably dumber.

My mum was once chased by a womabat which then bit her.

Seriously though, the RSPCA does a sterling job and the level of funding they get from government is pathetic.

churl churl 6:23 pm 05 Jul 11

RSPCA wants to help native animals?
Maybe don’t import cats then.

breda breda 6:14 pm 05 Jul 11

Evan, nooooo… wombats are evil! Far from cute and cuddly.

Did you know that the cast of A Country Practice were terrified of Fatso and his stunt wombat stand-ins?

They don’t look for trouble, but are cranky and ornery when annoyed – and can do quite a bit of damage with claws, teeth and bulk. Not to be messed with.

I am proud to be a fellow Australian with them, at a safe distance. 😉

EvanJames EvanJames 5:13 pm 05 Jul 11

Those wombats are fetching creatures (except when they’re ramming your legs). You can see why Ken Henry likes them… actually there’s somewhat of a resemblance.

The RSPCA do wonderful work, and also bodies like WIRES, LAOKO, our own local Wildcare… people who give a damn and do something about it.

Watson Watson 1:33 pm 04 Jul 11

– Part of our community work has been focused on reducing the number of native animals presented as a result of unnecessary human intervention –

That’s a very good campaign, I say. When I first arrived in Australia, I had to learn that it is counterproductive to try rescue magpie chicks that have fallen out of the nest. The TAMS rangers always give excellent advice on this too. As in, they will explain why they give this advice and how the animals may react if left to their own devices.

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