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.
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!