Wildlife Babies

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 As cute as they are, wild babies need to be cared for by their natural parents to ensure their best chance of survival. In this blog, we will share some tips and tricks to help you if you happen to find a cheeky critter who has found itself in the unfortunate situation of being separated from its parents.

Baby Birds; Let’s get them back with their folks!
Many birds have accidentally been “bird napped” by well-meaning members of the public who simply don’t realise that they need to spend time on the ground learning to fly while their parents come to feed them.

If they do not seem to be injured, by following a few simple steps you can make them a new home whilst they wait for their parents return.

  1.   Find a bucket or waterproof box that is approximately 40-50cm deep and poke holes into the bottom for drainage
  2.   Place a layer of soft leaves and grass at the bottom. Place a stick about 60cm long in the bucket and secure it into one of the drainage holes, so the parents and baby bird can get in and out.
  3.  Hang the bucket at head height in a leafy protected area, away from direct sunlight and as close as possible to where you found the baby bird. The parents do not mind if the baby is in a different tree or if it has been handled by a human.
  4.  Watch from a distance to make sure the parents return to feed the baby. If the new home is disturbed, this may take hours. If the parents do not return by dark, it will need to go into care.


    If they appear to be injured and need veterinary attention, wrap them up in a piece of clothing or towel and keep them in a quite area and transport them to the nearest veterinary clinic.

    If the bird is deemed not injured by a veterinarian, you will need to return it to the exact spot it was found so it can be reunited with its parents by following the four steps above.

    Baby possums: how you can help them.
    Spring has often been referred to as “baby possum season” and for good reason! For one reason or another, many baby possums end up on nature strips and in peoples gardens.


    Here are a few tips to care for them while waiting for professional advice.

    • Possum joeys need warmth, so please ensure they have the option of a heat source. This means filling a water bottle up with hot tap water and keeping the possum wrapped up with the hot water bottle in an old towel, beanie, sock, or item of clothing.
    • You can offer them some water, apple or banana. If you think the possum is injured, please do not attempt to feed it anything.
    • If you find a deceased mother in the next few months, it is worth bringing her in for us to check her pouch for any babies that may still be alive.

    Ducklings: giving them the best chance.
    Ducklings are extremely fragile little creatures especially when they are orphaned from their mothers. Like possums, they need a heat source and a companion such as an old teddy bear or feather duster they can cuddle up. If the parents are nowhere to be found, please take it to your nearest veterinarian to be checked over or call Wildlife Victoria on 13 000 94535 so they can come and collect it and organise a carer. 

    Once again, we encourage you to contact Wildlife Victoria so they can assist you with any further questions or queries you may have, and organise a wildlife transporter to come and collect the animal.



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