I was really devastated to read this article in our local paper this week.
This is my home town. For the last two years I’ve been sharing this message and trying to help show my community the importance of picking up litter and making sure it doesn’t get to our creeks and rivers.
I’ve been to clean up events along the creek and learned of the dangers our local platypus populations face. Hair ties, elastics and plastic rings are some of them.
I had information about this at my wildlife exhibition last year. I talked to a local kinder and cub group about this when they visited my exhibition plus lots of other people that visited. i handed out stickers for people to put on their bins to remind them.
I also went to the local sporting club with Melbourne Water, to talk to kids and their families about these threats one Saturday.
It’s really sad to see that this is still a problem.
Please be sure to-
🔹Pick up this kind of litter if you see it anywhere! It washes down into our creeks.
🔹 snip round plastics and elastics before you bin them (milk/juice rings, elastics, vegemite rings, cap gun blanks etc
Every bit helps and every bit that ends up in our creeks can kill. please show your kids this easy way they can do a small thing to save lives. Maybe they can share this message at school or kinder? Maybe they can do a collection at school?
Read the article HERE
A lady that my mum worked for called my mum today. She could see a kangaroo dead in a paddock. It had not been sprayed and after coming to my wildlife exhibition last year, she knew that it had not been called in and checked for a joey. Before she came to my exhibition, like many, she thought this was a council marking to show that someone was coming to get it. It's not- its a marking to show others that the animal has been checked by someone for a joey (baby).
She knew that she had to call someone and my mum was the first person she thought of. Mum was at work so couldn't check it but the lady tried to explain to mum where it was. Mum asked her to do a couple of things if she could.
1- take a screen shot of the location.
2- take a photo of the animal. She knew it was in a paddock under a big tree with not too many trees around. A photo of it can help.
3- leave some kind of marker on the road and or fence to point in the direction of the roo. The lady said she had some pink spray paint (she was in her husbands work car). Mum said "great! If you can mark the white line on the road I can advise the rescuer to look for the pink mark on the line."
The rescuer was there within 20 or so minutes and was quickly able to locate it thanks to the lady taking the time to follow these steps. Not everyone carry's spray paint but there are lots of ways that you can mark areas for rescuers if you cannot stay with an animal.
* Look for some rubbish and use that (a beer can, plastic bottle, plastic bag etc)
* find a shopping bag in your car and tie it to a fence or a strip of ribbon or material
* always look for "landmark" type things or funny looking trees/bushes/fences/etc. something that makes the area where the animal is, unique to its surroundings and is clearly visible.
* People use all kinds of things to use as markers- tyres, hub caps- any road side litter
This check was pretty easy because sadly the animal was already dead BUT if the animal is still alive, rescuers really appreciate it if you can stay. Animals can move from the location and be impossible to find. In these kinds of cases, rescuers need you to stay as far away as possible from the animal (to avoid further stress or scaring it to run away) and just keep your eye on it until they arrive.
Always remember to
SAVE RESCUE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE- not just this photo. In an emergency its hard to find a photo or facebook post, easier to scroll through numbers.
STOP - if you hit an animal, see one hit or see one dead
CHECK- for a pouch or joey and MOVE it off the road and away from the road edges
CALL- for help/advice if you do find a pouch. Even if there is no joey inside- a rescuer can tell you what to look for in case there is a joey
RESPECT - our wildlife by doing the above.
We have found our local Aldi has these super sized boxes of Sensitive Laundry powder in stock. They are just $15 and we are sure, they won't last long!
We would love to buy boxes to donate to busy shelters. Each box can help do more than 70 loads of towels, pouches and bedding!
Carers do many loads of washing and if we can buy some of these to donate- it means they can use their money towards fuel, joey milk, formula, feed etc.
If you live near Diamond Creek and want to buy them and drop them off, you can leave them in my yellow donation bins at 16 Parook Court, Diamond Creek
If you can't get to the shops or me- you can donate the money and I will buy them. CLICK HERE to buy online.
My name is Libby and I am 13 years old. I am a Koala Crusader- raising money and awareness for our VULNERABLE koala's and spreading messages about our wildlife that we are lucky enough to live WITH. These are stories written by ME!