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Baby Bird Rescue

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Baby Bird Rescue

Have you ever come across an animal in trouble and wondered what to do? There are a lot of simple, effective things you can do to help. Wild wind and rain can sweep baby birds out of the nest and on to the ground. If the baby bird is fluffy, or doesn't have many feathers and is unable to grip onto a perch, then it needs to go back into the nest. It can't have travelled far. Search nearby trees and bushes and return it to the nest. The..

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Help Buddies Beat the Heat

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Help Buddies Beat the Heat

Bushfires and heatwaves are often synonymous with the Australian summer. While you take shelter in an air-conditioned building and cool down with a glass of ice water, spare a thought for the native animals that live near you. Bats, possums, birds and many other animals can become dehydrated or die due to extremely hot weather. The easiest thing you can do to help your local animals is to provide them with a water source. Before you g..

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Injured Mammal Rescue

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Injured Mammal Rescue

Have you ever come across an animal in trouble and wondered what to do? There are a lot of simple, effective things you can do to help. If you find an animal that needs help, call a wildlife carer immediately and follow their advice. Click here to find the phone number of your nearest wildlife carer (/help-byb/injured-wildlife). Always call a wildlife carer - most have 24-hour hotlines so they are always available. Please don't sen..

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Koalas and Dogs

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Koalas and Dogs

Dogs are a man's best friend, but there are lots of things you can do to ensure that your pal doesn't harm native wildlife like Koalas. Follow these simple tips and you, your pets, and local Koalas will live happily together. If you are a dog owner who is lucky enough to live in an area where Koalas live too, there is a lot you can do to help your Koala buddies out. Attacks by dogs are one of the biggest threats Australia’s icon..

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Possum in your roof?

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Possum in your roof?

Do you have a possum scampering over your roof at night? Or is a possum making loud noises near your bedroom window? Or does a possum live in your roof? Learn what you can do to live happily with your neighbourhood possums. Common possums Brushtail Possums Brushtail Possums are commonly seen in urban areas and heard scampering over the roof at night. They live along the east coast of Australia, in Queensland, New South W..

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Stop Birds Attacking Windows

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Stop Birds Attacking Windows

Birds sometimes attack windows and especially tinted glass, by pecking or striking them. This is usually because they can see their own reflection, and think it is a challenger for their territory. Birds such as the Laughing Kookaburra, Little Raven, Grey Butcherbird and the Australian Magpie-lark have been seen to do this. Birds may dive at a window because they can see another window through the glass and think that there is a clear..

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