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Wildlife carers to the rescue

WILDLIFE care group WIRES recently came to the rescue of a little brushtail possum heading towards an early death.

Weighing barely 200 grams, the possum was badly dehydrated and was in extreme distress.

It took patient WIRES carers two days of force-feeding this agitated and frightened little creature before she learnt to lap her specially-made possum milk.

Three months later, and at one-and-a-half kilos, the possum was taken to a pre-release aviary where she could stay for about two weeks until becoming familiar with her surroundings.

The possum was just one of the many animals WIRES carers from the Clarence Valley helped nurse back to health.

Sadly, there's usually more sick and injured animals than there are carers.

Because of this, WIRES is running a two-day rescue and immediate-care course.

If you've always wanted to learn more about Australia's unique native wildlife, as well as their care and rehabilitation, this course could be for you.

WIRES will hold the course in Yamba on October 13 and 14.

The cost of the two-day course is $70 which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both days.

For more information, or to register, phone 6643 4055 or email treesr@bigpond.com.

Topics:  animals, brushtail possum, native wildlife, wires


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