I have been asked by a number of people what happens or should happen with
injured wildlife, including birds. I forward here the reply I received from
The emergency phone number referred to in the email is 1300 094535. Please
note that this number should only be called to report an injured animal.
From: Wildlife Victoria
Sent: Thursday, 12 February 2009 5:54 PM
To: 'Paul Dodd'
Subject: RE: Bushfire injured wildlife
Many thanks for your email regarding birdlife in the current devastating
bushfires. First of all, I would like to say how sorry I am to hear that
your sister lost her house. So many people have been affected by these
fires, and I feel so much for them, they all have their own story and
experiences. I hope your sister is as well as can be expected.
With regards to what happens to injured wildlife, as soon as the fire
grounds are declared safe, wildlife rescue teams are given permission to
enter the site and conduct fire ground searches. As soon as an animal is
found, they will be assessed on the spot, and if not injured too badly,
transported to a wildlife shelter, where they will be rehabilitated and
re-released. This of course includes any birds that we may find. I think
we may have carers who look after birds predominantly, however as I'm
volunteering in here due to the sheer number of emails, am not able to
let you know of any specific groups. I could certainly find out and get
back to you - but the main thing to stress is that we certainly will
care for absolutely any birds that may need to come in to care.
You are absolutely right with regards to referring our number to people
who find injured wildlife. This number is for injured wildlife only, and
I can't stress enough how important it is that any injured wildlife be
reported to this number. Should anyone wish to make a donation, keep up
to date with our news, etc, they are more than welcome to keep an eye on
our website. We will update this as any new developments occur. We also
have the below office number should they wish to speak to someone or
make a donation over the phone, however we are extremely busy at the
moment so the phone may unfortunately ring out! We are of course trying
our best to answer all enquiries though.
Thank you again for your email, I hope I have been able to answer your
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