What should I do if I find an injured animal?

Injured animals are very susceptible to stress, so they have to be handled carefully. To reduce the animal's stress as much as possible, please follow this advice:

MOVE THE ANIIMAL AWAY FROM ANY DANGER AND INTO A QUIET, DARK ENVIRONMENT.

Contain in a cardboard box with a small towel or blanket inside to provide warmth and comfort.

DO NOT OFFER ANY FOOD OR WATER as native animals have very specialised diets, plus feeding an animal suffering from shock could prove to be fatal.

NOTE THE EXACT LOCATION THE ANIMAL WAS FOUND most animals are territorial and must be released back at the rescue site.

KEEP THE ANIMAL AS QUIET AND UNDISTURBED AS POSSIBLE.

PLEASE CALL SYDNEY WILDLIFE RESCUE IMMEDIATELY ON on 9413 4300 or take the animal to your nearest vet (there will be no charge). It is illegal to keep native animals taken from the wild - they must be passed on to an authorised and licensed wildlife carer.

FOR INJURED OR ENTANGLED FLYING FOXES OR BATS do not handle or attempt to rescue it. Please call Sydney Wildlife immediately.

FOR SNAKES - if found on your property, please do NOT handle it. Again, call Sydney Wildlife Rescue immediately.

OTHER WILDLIFE RESCUE GROUPS - If you are outside the Sydney Metropolitan Area - find Wildlife Rescuer near where you are.

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