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Thursday, October 4th, 2007
1:26 pm
Is anybody out there?!?!
Last week i was called out to this little guy who was unable to fly:
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He had no apparent injuries and after a weekend of TLC he was happy to hop out and fly away.
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I found it interesting that while i had him in care our house also became home to 5 or 6 other Crow / Ravens who perched themselves in the tree's surrounding his avairy. I never knew these guys were so social and did not realise so many would respond to his little crow calls.

For more pics of our natives feel free to visit my journal delerious to see my lovely carpet pythons <3

Current Mood: relaxed
Monday, March 26th, 2007
12:07 pm
marsupial pouches

I have just joined this group to see if anyone has a pattern/preferred method of making marsupial pouches. Or are they so dead simple to make you don't need a pattern?

I have only found one web site that said to contact them for a pattern, but did give basic guidelines, like all seams outside.

Can anyone help?
Thursday, January 4th, 2007
10:50 pm
Photos to celebrate Fips reaching 500 grams in weight.

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Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
6:07 pm
Currently In Care

Needle Tailed Swift
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An injured Needle Tailed Swift that came into care on 1/1/07. I can't find anything wrong with it, so I'll take it to the zoovets tomorrow. These birds migrate south from North Asia to avoid the winters. They hunt and feed on the wing and can reach speeds of 130kph to avoid predators.

They have very weak feet and cannot perch, so I turned the cage on its end and hung a towel along the back so the bird has something to hang on to.
Sunday, December 24th, 2006
10:32 am
I made a funny
You know you're a W.I.R.E.S. volunteer rescuer/carer when:

* You shop, not looking at the item in the container, but at how you can use it as food tray/storage container

* You walk to the 'feeding station' to make a cuppa instead of your 'coffee station'

* Your kitchen has 'stations'

* 9 - 5 is meaningless

* Your ice cubes aren't ice

* Your coffee supply is as well stocked as your wombaroo products

* You feel compelled to tell complete strangers fascinating facts about Wildlife

* You're broke

* You never finish a coffee before it gets cold (thank goodness for Coke and Pepsi)

* You actually appreciate the roll of a spiderweb

* You're digging for worms like you did when you were a kid

* Half your car is taken up by rescue equipment

* You have an answering machine!

* Your house is a zoo and you wouldn't have it any other way! :)

I make me laugh :p
Friday, December 15th, 2006
10:47 pm
When Good Echidnas Go Bad

Polly vs Puggle
Originally uploaded by battyden.
Fips goes on the rampage and attacks the dogs.

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Thursday, December 7th, 2006
9:25 pm
Hi guys,

Sorry I haven't been active this week, it's been full-on here and I have a bad back/neck so I can't sit at the pc for to long. Hopefully the dr. will give me some good drugs and I can update all the goings on over the weekend.

Hope you're all well!


Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
11:11 am
Currently in care.
One red-rumped parrot, four willy wagtail babies. The chicks are tiny and I'll be handing them to a baby bird expert tomorrow. Oh, and Fips, of course.

I had a young galah in care for a few days, but when I saw him clinging to the inside of the cage with three wild galahs clinging to the outside, I figured it was time to let him go. So I did. He hopped out, walked around with the others for a few minutes, and they all took off.

The youngest peewee was released a few days ago, which surprised his honey-eater friend. She flew into the empty cage, chirped a few times, then went back into the trees. I thought that was the end of it between them, but they still hang out together. I see them roosting side-by-side, and the honey-eater still begs for peewee food. She loves her feeding station though, and I go through quite a lot of nectar mix. I did see her having a go at bottlebrushes in the garden, which is nice. She can take care of herself.

The smallest peewee is getting used to living outside the cage but being the smallest he is picked-on by the older peewees. The older peewees still don't know what to make of him because the instant they try to assert their authority, they suddeny have a small, grey maniac bouncing off their heads and backs, screaming melodic battle cries in Honeyeater.

I've reduced the amount of food I feed the outside birds and they're learning to fend for themselves. The poor dogs have to put up with five peewees and two magpies stealing their evening meals. This is the wrong sort of fending, of course, but it won't last long.

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Current Mood: amused
Friday, December 1st, 2006
3:57 am
new page on my website
So I finally started on my wildlife warrior page. It's just another page of my personal website. Caring for wildlife is my full-time 'job' (volunteer) at the moment. I just love it! Anyhoo, if ya wanna know how I spend my days and look at great photos of my zoo/hospital check this out!


It's a W.I.P. so scuse the few mistakes ;)
Saturday, November 25th, 2006
6:33 pm
Release Day

White Plumed Honey Eater
Originally uploaded by battyden.
Today I released three magpies and the white-plumed honey eater.

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Friday, November 24th, 2006
2:57 am
Name that bird
This guy came into the vet. It has a puncture on it's pelvic region so it's right leg is sticking out and has no grip. antibiotics and rest.
But the question is, what species is it?
It has 3 toes forward, 1 back. A wide beak kinda like you'd see on a Tawny cept smaller. And it snaps at the pipette. (gave it warm glucose water) Definately an insectivore, maybe a kite? he's a decent size for a baby/juvie...help!

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Thursday, November 23rd, 2006
10:54 am
Release Day - 18/11/06
I opened the peewee's cage on Saturday. It took them a while to find the door but once one went the others followed. The two older birds have pretty much gone; I see them hanging around but they want nothing to do with me. The three younger birds flew up into the chinese elm and settled in. They are still hanging around and demanding food onna stick, but they won't get it unless the fly down to me and even then it's food the othe ground. No more food onna stick for them.. Every time I walk outside I get screamed at from on high.

It's a sort-of success: 5 peewees released (Success!) but three are still a bit too tame (not so success)

Now I still have two magpies, a very young peewee and the white-plumed honeyeater to release.

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Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
11:52 pm
posts from other community
sorry about the replay of posts, but I wanted to move them here so they don't disappear into the www.

Juvie lorri (seen in previous post)came into care 2 weeks 3 days ago. He was in a cage with a Lorri that was passed onto me by another member. She swore the feather loss (of hers) was due to him climbing between the shadecloth and the cage. Well, it actually had beak and feather disease. Only cockatoos and lorrikeets get it. Great, so now my perfectly heathy juvie had been exposed.
I called everyone and consulted the vet, who checked her text books, and there's no record of the incubation period for beak and feather. And she was satisfied that at that time juvie was in perfect health.

SO..I've been watching him, and sure enough, his feathers have started to get tatty and 3 days ago he got lice (they usually attatch to weakened animals) I'm saddend by this cos it means I either keep him in isolation for 12 months while he loses and regrows his feathers (using an entire aviary which I dont have) or have him euthanased. Unfortunately I think he'll be put down today.
As much as it's exciting to have been on this lil research journey, which I'm sure will be usefull, it's gut wrenching cos he was in fine form when he came in. Just breaks my heart I tell ya! That'll learn me to name em!
Fingers crossed for Billy, lets hope the vet thinks I'm wrong!

EDIT: I was wrong! YAY! Billy just has lice so I paid the ridiculously priced stuff and sprayed him today. He's been a bit off his food too so I'm hoping that with the lice gone he perks up a bit more.So..YAY :D
11:32 pm
I used to call it home...now it's more of a hospital/zoo! Lovin it!

Tawny Frogmouth Juvenile

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Juvenile Rainbow Lorikeet

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baby noisy mynah who died lastnight.Dunno why, it was looking so well*shrug* Juvie is now alone but more being delivered today, so into the aviary they go :) pics to come later..

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11:31 pm
Dont kiss a bluey when ya housemate is home and has a digicam lol

geez I look tired!
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and there's that tongue (ya gotta squint to see it)

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successfully rehabbed and released into my backyard :D
11:29 pm
from this..

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to this....

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but I'm usually greeted by this....

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satisfying work I tells ya ;)
5:40 pm
The noisy miner I thought was a noisy miner isn't a young noisy miner. He is, in fact, a white plumed honey eater.

Current Mood: happy
12:17 am
Did you know that Australia holds the world record for the country with the greatest number of species extinctions in the last 200 years?

The more we understand the relationship between our native wildlife, its habitat and the impact we have - the better the chance of survival for Australia's unique animals.

Living with Wildlife

Current Mood: accomplished
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
8:31 pm
going batty
I had the honour of spending time with a carer and her flying fox the other night. What an amazing creature!! So dog-like in his behaviour...responsive, inquisitive (about my dogs who were drooling) and just so bloody cute! I can definately see why ppl fall in love with them. And those wings! they fold up better than a beach chair! with a lil body of arms and legs, a torso and the cutest lil fluffy head and beedy eyes I've ever seen. And have a go at those wings! they're like thin brown latex with strong, very visable bones and joints.
How special it was to see such a creature and interact with him. I'm not immunised so I couldn't touch..hence a lack of carers/facilities. (immunisation costs around $200-$300 !)

Because their mothers are sooo attentive, these lil guys come into care and bond socially with a carer. Then they start creche (kindy) where they hangout - no pun intended - with other flying foxes so they learn to socialise.

Gradually my friend will pass this lil guy (named Jelly by the 5 yr old who found him)on to another carer who has a group of them so it's all wilded up again before being released. I'm constantly amazed by our wildlife, and I feel so honoured to have had this experience!
They're an endangered species, so every one counts. Last week we (wires members) finally talked Energy Australia to shut off power to an entire suburbian area so we could get a young female pup down from the powerlines. Luckily we got her quickly eniough so she hadn't been zapped. It made frontpage news in our lil local paper. And she was named after the EA woman who got the job done (thanx Tesla!) GO US!! :D

and now for pix....Jelly the flying fox age 7 weeks.

That's a dummy you can see (big dummy, very tiny teat!)

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not the best picture quality, I'm still relying on my phone for these things. But you get the idea. Bloody Amazing!!!

peace out

Souly - your mod :)

Current Mood: enthralled
12:10 pm
Welcome to WIRES!

I hope this journal is usefull for anyone with questions, comments or just random chatter about wildlife (not the party variety :p ) and share photos and stories of your animals in care, not just here in Australia, but all over the world!

I'm Soulfire. I'm a wildlife rescuer/carer in Sydney Australia. It's the best thing in my life (apart from my dogs) I'm so privelliged to be able to be so close and spend time with our wildlife! There's nothing more satisfying than watching an animal rehabilitate and re-enter its natural environment. Of course that's the ultimate outcome and obviously it doesn't always go that way. But we volunteers give those animals a chance that they otherwise would not have had.

So.....let the posting begin!!

peace out
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