Travelling down the Newell Hw. a few weeks ago the car in front of me
clipped a young Superb Parrot that was feeding on spilt grain on the side of
the road just out of
Ardlethan N S W
I went back and picked it up and although its wings were alright it was
paralyzed in the legs and from my very limited knowledge of bird injuries I
felt it had brain damage.
I tried in a few towns on the way to Mooroopna Vic. for someone involved in
Wildlife Rescue but to no avail, knowing there were a couple in the
Shepparton area I eventually
got in touch with " Bohollow Wildlife Shelter " run by Kirsty Ramadan, back
at Bunbather 30 km back in the direction I had come.
She informed me she was due to have a baby any day and could not drive so I
turned around and took the bird who was not looking to good by now back to
her place out near
the "Lock Garry " on the Goulburn River.
I was amazed what this woman is doing with two young boys and now a new
baby with only some help from her mother over Christmas, she cares from
between 100 to 120 birds
or more most times and very rarely less than a hundred plus reptiles,
Echidnas, Bats, Flying Foxes etc leaving the Kangaroos, Gliders etc to
another carer Deb Fowler.
There were 40 raptures in her care plus Pelicans, Cockatoos, Galahs,
Parrots, Magpies, and many more you name it she was caring for it.
Kirsty has been doing this for over 22 years and talking to her one can see
she has a wealth of knowledge on rehabilitation of wildlife.
Her rescues covers Southern N S W plus all northern Victoria, travelling
doesn't leave much time to do the massive job she is trying to do.
Many are being reared from small chicks and the night I was there she was
releasing 7 Boobook Owls with 5 more later on with 5 Barn Owls reared
There were Kestrels and Hobbies still in the area that had been released
earlier and still pay her a visit now and then and a Magpie annoying me as I
talked to her.
Some birds are reared and cared for over 6 months.
This women with a great desire to help wildlife is struggling for finance
for feed, fuel for pickups, cost of running her car, vets, building
material, tools etc with no Government Assistance.
Her account for 2 kg of mealworms plus 150 pinky mice flown down from Qld is
$247 per fortnight, $150 a week for seed, plus there is a massive cost for
fish for the Pelicans and
there are Rats ,Mice,Cockroaches and Crickets plus all the powders for the
chicks and the medication.
Fills her car with fuel at least twice a week and cash is needed for more
That is some of her bills for January but they are substanual higher when
breeding season is in full swing and a lot more chicks are bought in, any
one that has hand raised Cockatoos, Parrots
etc know the massive task involved let alone doing dozens of them.
They have a great web site www.bohollowwildlife please have a look
especially the photos in the gallery with some great shots including the one
of the majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle and if you
could help even if only to buy a calendar I'm sure it would be greatly
Sponsors are desperately needed to keep this good work going for the ever
increasing numbers of rescues. Bank details are on the web site.
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