Many of the animals rescued and coming into care are unfortunately injured and in shock. Head trauma, fractured limbs, spinal injuries, dislocations, abrasions, bruises and many other internal injuries are sadly common after a motor vehicle collision. Hyperthermia or hypothermia is often present after exposure to the elements. “Simply” being orphaned without any injuries is also a mental trauma for all joeys. Joeys from shooting victims are often sensitive to loud bangs or other loud noises. All animals rescued need to be thoroughly assessed and treatment addressed. For animals arriving at Jarake Wildlife Sanctuary that are injured beyond our level of skill and qualification or have injuries needing specialist and urgent attention then the services of a veterinarian are arranged. Thankfully, Wildlife Veterinary Surgeon Dr Howard Ralph has treated most of our animals in need of Veterinary treatment with an amazing result leading to successful releases after horrendous injuries.
Lochie is just one example, he came to us with the report of him having NO injuries which shows how well wild animals hide their pain and suffering. However, he had a fractured femur (snapped in half) and a compression fracture of his spine. After surgery and weeks of rehabilitation he made a full recovery and was eventually successfully released. Fractured limbs are common in motor vehicle accidents but should not be a death sentence for wild animals. With correct Veterinary attention, treatment and time, young animals heal well just like a human child with a fractured arm, foot or leg. The requirement of first-aid for fractured limbs and spinal injuries are the same for wild animals as it is for humans; stop bleeding, prevent shock, provide pain relief, immobilise the injured area and seek professional help.
This female kangaroo sustained a head injury while fleeing a bush fire that both her and her joey managed to escape. Her joey was still dependent on her and we therefore took them both into care. With appropriate care and treatment, they both survived and was released together some months later. We also assume that most car accident victim will have some degree of head ache after being hit and thrown onto the road. They are therefore handled with consideration to possible internal injuries. It is not always obvious how they actually feel as they hide their fear and pain, but small signs such as being too quiet could mean serious injuries.
Benny, our beautiful Benny! His mother was hit by a vehicle and killed. He escaped the rescuers and tried to survive on his own but was too small and still dependent on his mother’s milk and her protection. He was attacked by another wombat and then a week later was run over a second time and knocked unconscious. He came to us with multiple fractures in his pelvis, head injury, pneumonia, malnourished, dehydrated and infection in his wounds from the attack. He is now 10 years old and visit us every evening. He is a gentle soul who avoid conflicts with other wombats and deserves to be the feature image on our home page. Wounds and infection are common and can be deadly if not drained, cleaned and treated.
Stress can be a silent killer. This wallaby was found by an untrained and unlicensed person who kept him for a few weeks thinking “it would be nice to have a wallaby”. He was kept in good faith but the person was unable to provide correct husbandry and diet, the wallaby soon developed diarrhea. He was malnourished, dehydrated and was losing his fur from the stress. Thankfully, he was “handed over” to us and his path to recovery could start before it was too late. It’s a big deal for wild animals to accept our interference, as hard as we try, we can never provide what their mothers could. People are the ones that cause their misfortune and death, therefore we need to provide a solution for them, and even though we can’t solve it all, we hope it makes a difference to the ones that do get a second chance at life.