Immediate care:

  • Once you have noticed injured wildlife along the side of the road ensure they are in a safe area to check, this may require you to move them to the side of the road.
  • Please look out for other traffic, do not become injured yourself!
  • Be aware wombats can be aggressive and kangaroos can cause a lot of damage with their hind claws. Do not attempt to handle snakes or lace monitors.
  • If the animal has been spray painted, or has a piece of brightly coloured ribbon tied around it, then they have already been checked.
  • If the animal is still alive use leather gloves or a thick blanket/towel to handle/move the animal.
  • If the animal is still very alert it will need to be wrapped in a blanket and restrained to prevent movement as they can cause damage to yourself or your vehicle.
  • Check the pouch for any live young.
  • If the animal or its young are alive call Wildlife Victoria 13000 94535 for advice on what is the best course of action.

Secondary Steps:

  • If a Wildlife Victoria carer is unable to come and collect the animal or you are unable to contact them or the animal is in an unsafe position on the road; wrap the animal in a blanket and restrain in your vehicle to take to your local vet clinic.
  • Active warming is one of the most important steps; use blankets, towels, jackets or place the animal in your clothing. If the animal is at your house use a heat bag, but turn the animal regularly to avoid heat burns.
  • Place the animal in a quiet place; avoid noisy radio, children or other pets. Remember it is a wild animal.
  • Do not over handle the animal, this will stress them.
  • Drop the animal to your nearest vet clinic to be assessed. If the animal is a healthy, native animal it will be given to a local wildlife carer. You will need to let the clinic know where the animal came from so it can be released in this area.

Next steps:

  • Do not try to feed the animal immediately. If an animal is injured and weak or very cold they are likely to aspirate any food. They also have specific dietary requirements e.g. marsupial milk
  • If the animal has to be in your care for at least 24hrs before a carer can get to you; you can disinfect any wounds. Use warmed saline or very dilute iodine/betadine to lightly clean any open wounds.
  • If the animal has to be in your care for at least 24hrs; you can lightly bandage any open wounds. Just be careful not to place a bandage too tightly as it will cause the appendage to swell.
  • Keep the animal warm with heat packs (avoiding direct skin contact) or heat lamps.
  • If the animal has to be in your care for over 24hrs and it is conscious and alert you may try feeding.
  • For a juvenile marsupial; divetalac or wombaroo species specific powered milk fed with a bottle and thin teat is the best option. If this is not available luke warm goats milk is a suitable substitute.
  • For a bird; wild bird seed is appropriate. If the bird is an insectivore/carnivore (e.g. magpies or tawny frog mouth owls) they can be fed a wombaroo insectivore mix or small amounts of cat food.
  • For a reptile; they often only feed once per week so will not require feeding.

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