This week I managed to meet up with an awesome lady that dedicates her days to responding to emergency call outs for sick, injured or orphaned wildlife and nursing these animals back to health.
When I met Jodi, she was dropper feeding 4 teeny tiny Native Bush Rats that were only days old! These 4 little guys hadn’t even opened their eyes yet and needed to be fed every hour by a syringe. Jodi said that they get a fair few native rodents in to care. After seeing her feed these tiny orphaned rats, the first word that popped into my head was DEDICATION.
Jodi is the training and education coordinator of Gladstone & District Wildlife Carers Association Inc. This group of carers are dedicated to caring for our local wildlife here in Gladstone and surrounds. The care for these animals is generally at the cost of the volunteer carers. There are also independent wildlife carers in our region who the group keep in touch with. This ensures that the sick, injured and orphaned animals are given the best care possible.
Jodi has been caring for animals with the Gladstone Wildlife Association for over 11 years and loves being able to give all creatures great and small a second chance. When a sick, injured or orphaned native animal is found by a member of the community they should call 0427106803.
This number is answered by a member of the association and a message is sent out to all available carers, who then respond to the emergency. This phone number can receive anywhere between 1000 – 1500 calls per year. If the animal is needing emergency care, Jodi is the first place the animal will go. There are 3 parts of the injured animals ‘journey’ Emergency – Rehabilitation – Release.
If Jodi is confident that the animal is capable of making a full recovery and can be released back into the wild, then action is taken to place them in the hands of the most experienced carer. This process ensures the animal is given the best chance of being released.
Once the animal has been rehabilitated and ready for the long-awaited release, the carer researches a potential habitat so that they know it will be resilient and able to accommodate the new ‘occupant’. Jodi said that “releasing an animal back to where they belong is the best feeling.”
When Jodi isn’t spending her days responding to emergency calls, temporarily homing animals with other amazing carers or feeding the animals she currently has in her care, she can be found monitoring the turtle nestings on Lillies Beach and attending to stranded marine animals (generally turtles).
She is absolutely passionate about our habitats and the small changes that can be made in the hope that there will be less sick and injured animals needing care. Jodi has been attending schools and taking in wildlife to share with the children for over 10 years and will continue to do so in the future.
Now, onto the part where I tell ‘you’ all about how we can pass on a little bit of kindness to these wildlife animals that need a helping hand.
- Cash donation to the nominated bank account (Contact Jodi).
- Pouches from recycled clothing.
- Bird cages and fishtanks.
- Sheets, towels and pillowcases.
- Talk to Jodi about making your own backyard more wildlife friendly. One little change IS enough.
This is an edited extract from Fifty-Two weeks of Uncovering Kindness by local Lisa Burston. You can read the full blog and earlier editions here: https://lifewithlisa290.wordpress.com/