Grounded glider dies
A RARE Greater Glider lost her battle for life after being found entangled in barbed wire at South Grafton.
According to WIRES spokesperson Clare Chapman, it was extremely unusual to see this species in an area with no trees nearby.
"About a week earlier, a large old gum tree had been felled, and a glider was seen flying from the tree in the direction this female was found, so it was suspected that the felled tree was this glider's home," she said.
Ms Chapman believed the rescue was a prime example of the horrific injuries to gliders by barbed wire and loss of habitat.
"Her tail was almost completely skinned, but I managed to pull the still-attached skin back down over the bone," WIRES possum co-ordinator Jenifer Brindley said.
She said that after the animal spent weeks in intensive care and on medication, its tail died due to nerve damage and poor blood supply.
Sadly, the creature was euthanased as a glider's tail is particularly long and used as a rudder.
"Without her tail, she could not have been released and survived," Ms Brindley said.
"The one thing that struck me about this glider was her incredibly gentle nature.
"Despite her discomfort, she never once showed any fear or aggression, which made nursing her an absolute pleasure."
The Greater Glider is the largest in the glider family and has an exclusive diet of eucalypt leaves.
WIRES will soon be running a rescue and immediate care course on March 25 and 26, 2006, in Yamba. Call 0500 894 737 to register.