If safe for you to approach the animal, throw a towel over it, making sure its head and claws are covered and gently place in a ventilated box. Birds are best placed in a cardboard box so the feathers won’t get damaged. Place a towel on the bottom of the box for stability. Other animals such as possums can be placed in a pet carry cage or similar, also with a towel on the bottom of the cage for stability.


  • Keep the animal in a dark, warm and quiet place so as to minimise stress. A hot water bottle wrapped in a towel (hot water from the tap only) will help keep the animal warm, this is especially important for young animals.
  • Keep children and domestic pets away
  • Never offer an injured animal food or drink
  • Handle the animal as little as possible and do not pose wildlife for photos

If you’re unable to pick up the animal, please place a washing basket (or such like) over the bird/animal, then place a towel over the basket so as to keep it away from predators.


AWARE rescue coverage

Phone AWARE’s  24 Hour Emergency Hotline 0412 433 727 or your local vet immediately, the first 24 hours are critical to the animal’s survival.