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Animal Care

Nea, a Tasmanian Devil nursing Tasmanian Devil feeding

The centre continues to be busy. Many birds and animals have been rescued, rehabilitated and released over the last 6 months. A particularly successful rehabilitation and release is Bernadette, the Brown Falcon that had 2 broken legs. The Centre appreciates the support of local vets in our rehabilitation efforts.

Three Tasmanian Devils have come under the Centre’s care. Diego entered care in September. He is an all black male from Ridgely and weighed 625 grams.  Over 3 kilograms, he was released early in the new year. Nea, from Nook, has been in care since October. She weighed 231 grams.  Norman, also from Nook, joined us in November, weighing 395 grams. 

Snake photo

Snake season is always busy. We were called out to Paradise where a man managed to pull a copperhead snake out from his trouser leg and held it just behind the head for over an hour until help arrived. He even took the snake in the shower to cool both of them down. 

A snake was removed from behind a cupboard in the spare room of a house in Ridgely and another from a games room in Waverley. 

A tiger snake was caught in the netting of a vegetable garden at a B&B near Sheffield . The snake was rescued and successfully released back to the wild near the dam at the centre.

One success story centres on a lucky councillor who reached for the TV remote on his bed and heard the ‘remote’ fall to the floor.  Shortly afterwards a snake was seen slithering into a cupboard where it stayed.  It was successfully caught and relocated.

Molly, an albino magpie

Molly, an albino Magpie, required specialised veterinary treatment, because due to a lack of pigment her beak started to split.  The vet used a special ‘superglue’ to seal the split and the crack in the beak is now much improved.

Bonney, a Tasmanian Devil Staffy, a Tasmanian Devil

Four Tasmanian Devils, Demi, Tammy, Dale and Darci, were all successfully released, including a wide variety of other animals & birds that were also successfully rehabbed.  Numerous Eastern Barred Bandicoots (on the endangered list) were also rescued and released into the wild.

Three Devils were cared for by the centre. “Staffy” (found curled up with the family’s Staffordshire Terrier), “Bonnie” and “Derek”. 

Bonnie was found near Sheffield and Derek was found next to the road on the west coast. He had been traumatised by a small bus of tourists that had stopped and repeatedly picked him up and put him down in order to have their photos taken with him. After a few months of care at the Centre all 3 were successfully released into the wild.

“Demi” was found and weighed less than 400grams. She was joined by 3 other Devils from the Devil Team so that all 4 could be brought up to weight.

A Brown Falcon, Bernadette, was also taken to the vet. Both her legs were broken so she needed pins in both legs.  The pins were taken out after two months and she is currently rehabilitating at the Centre and doing very well.

Wilbur, an eagle Brown Falcon, Frankie

Eastern the Eagle was rescued at Scottsdale. He had extensive damage to one side of his body, mainly to his pelvis and wing, and he also had a dislocated toe. He received rehabilitation at the Centre.

An injured eagle was found in Poatina. “Wilbur” was found to have 3 breaks to one wing and required extensive rehabilitation. He was successfully released back at Poatina.

A brown falcon, “Frankie” came under the care of the centre. She was hit by a car in Ouse and got caught in the grill. The car was driven to Queenstown (170 kilometres away) and wasn’t found by the owner of the car until the next morning, still caught in the grill and still alive. She had a broken leg and extensive bruising. Frankie was successfully released from the centre after rehabilitation.

The Rescue Centre has an eagle rehab pen. One successful customer was a four-year old eagle came in starving and with wing droop on one side. We have no way of knowing what had happened to him, but a few months in care and lots of good tucker, saw him fit and raring to go. He was released near Sheffield, close to where he was found.

As the eagle flies, Sheffield is 20kms from the centre, and so there was a good chance that the two or three eagles that used to come in on an almost daily basis to visit him may possibly have been family. The birds would spend around an hour sitting in the trees close to the aviary, giving us a unique chance to watch them close up. Each of these encounters is so precious, as they are endangered and may not survive in our increasingly developing area for much longer.

Masked Owls, Maggie and Malcolm

The centre also cared for two masked owls, “Maggie” and “Malcolm”. Maggie was found near Stanley and had damage to her eye and her beak. Malcolm was found in a paddock near Harford. Both were successfully released after rehabilitation.

White Goshawk Photo

A white goshawk that was brought in with head injuries as a result of a car collision has made a full recovery and is just being fed to gain much needed weight before release. These birds are endangered. so it is always good to return them back to their territory, and I'm sure her mate will be relieved when she shows up again.

Marsh Harriers, swallows and other migratory birds are preparing to fly north to warmer weather. Pyrethrum paddocks are prime Marsh Harrier nest sites. Farmers identify the nest sites to stop them from being destroyed during the harvesting process.

Marsh Harrier photo Pyrethrum paddock photo

A gentleman in Sheffield contacted the Centre about a problem with feral cats. Eight feral cats were successfully trapped on his property.

Community Involvement

Community Involvement Award

Alastair was interviewed by the ABC in January. The interview focussed on the care and protection of snakes and Tasmanian Devil’s and a timely refresher on bush fire awareness and being bush fire ready.

Alastair and Pete also met with the national judges for the 2012/2013 Sustainable Communities Award as part of the Centre’s involvement with the Community Development Tidy Town Award. We won the Environmental Innovation & Protection Award for 2012/2013 which was a significant achievement.

Anna Giordano visit:

We were extraordinarily privileged to receive a short, but very interesting visit from Anna Giordano, - a raptor specialist from Sicily. Anna is a WWF leader in Sicily and a respected environmentalist across Europe, winning the Goldman Prize in 1998. She was named as a Hero for the Planet by Time magazine in 2000. Anna runs a WWF Center for the Rehabilitation of Wild Animals.

Many bird species fly migratory routes between Africa and Europe and run the gauntlet of poachers along the way. We were totally in awe of the work she and her volunteers are doing at the raptor rescue centre in Sicily. Anna was touring Tasmania courtesy of the Alcorso Foundation (Tasmania) in partnership with Birds Tasmania. She visited several local schools and talked with them about their special bird related projects.

"If you witness something that is wrong, you can't close your eyes and turn your head. Your energy comes from the conviction that life is a treasure which nobody should destroy. Your will becomes the only thing that can turn hope into reality" - Anne Giordano

Anna Giordano photo Rescue Centre photo