QUICK THINKING: Tom Thurlow with the undies he used to rescue two tiny birds.
QUICK THINKING: Tom Thurlow with the undies he used to rescue two tiny birds.

Boys use undies to save stranded baby birds

CHATSWORTH Island boys Tom Thurlow and Isaac Moresby have earned the praise of wildlife rescuers for their quick and innovative thinking which helped save a couple of tiny birds.

WIRES Clarence Valley thanked the two young boys who saved two baby striated pardalotes in a most unusual and resourceful way.

The boys were paddling their kayak across the Clarence River to Warregah Island when they noticed two tiny birds huddled together, shivering, on a small sandy beach below the bank.

There was no sign of parents or the tunnelled nest pardalotes usually build in river banks. The bigger pardalote was 7-8cm, the other noticeably smaller and both were barely feathered.

A striated pardalote.
A striated pardalote.

The boys realised the birds were in trouble as it was a wet and windy day and if the water rose higher the birds would likely drown.

The question facing the boys was how to transport the birds to safety?

The boys had no obvious means of carrying the birds back across the river but they soon devised the perfect solution. Tom removed his underpants and wrapped the tiny birds snugly in his undies.

The boys then paddled back home and Tom's mother rang the WIRES hotline so the birds could be taken into care.

A WIRES spokesperson described the boys' effort as fantastic and said "it is great to see a couple of young boys so caring of our wildlife".

The spokesperson said the incident was a timely reminder that WIRES Clarence Valley always need new members to join their ranks.

"Our area of operations is approximately the same as the Clarence Valley Local Government Area following the Clarence River from around 'The Gorge' down to the sea," the spokesperson said.

The branch is holding a Rescue & Immediate Care Course (RICC) face to face workshop in Grafton on May 15. To take the first step, go to the WIRES organisation website at wires.org.au, click on the Volunteer tab where you can browse for further information and register your interest in commencing your training.

For rescues or to report wildlife needing our help in any way do not hesitate to contact WIRES on 6643 4055.



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