FOUND AND INJURED OR ORPHANED ANIMAL?
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.