Drawn by the Call of the Injured

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), June 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

Drawn by the Call of the Injured


Byline: EMILY LARKIN

HUMANS tend to keep their distance from wild animals. But compassion Co that characteristic that helps makes us C[pounds sterling]humanC[yen] Co comes to the fore and changes that relationship if we see an injured or dying animal.

Just as we cannot stand seeing humans suffering a long and painful death, most of us cannot bear to see animals of any description injured, in pain, and alone by the side of the road or in our backyards.

But would you know how to help an injured wild animal?

If you attended the WILVOS (Wildlife Volunteers) animal workshop in Yandina recently, you could answer C[pounds sterling]yesC[yen].

Veterinarian and founder of the Southern Cross Wildlife Care organisation Howard Ralph flew to the Sunshine Coast to share his knowledge about assessing and caring for ailing wildlife.

He was met by about 45 animal lovers, and a baby ringtail possum that one WILVOS member had rescued on the way to the workshops. Dr Ralph said he wanted to C[pounds sterling]cover the full spectrum of what you might seeC[yen], and acknowledged that animal lovers were sometimes met with difficult or upsetting situations.

C[pounds sterling]We need to expose you to some of the horror Co and the good things Co and help you learn to manage,C[yen] he told the audience.

C[pounds sterling]It can be pretty upsetting doing assessment (of an injured animal), but someone's got to do it.C[yen]

He said many vets worked with domesticated animals, but wildlife C[pounds sterling]get a rough dealC[yen] and needed care as well.

C[pounds sterling]All living creatures feel pain, so we need to give first-aid,C[yen] he said.

WILVOS vice-chairwoman and newsletter editor Donna Anthony, of Yandina, agreed that working with injured wildlife was sometimes confronting, but C[pounds sterling]we've got a responsibility to do somethingC[yen].

C[pounds sterling]Sometimes one of the best rescues is euthanasia,C[yen] she said. …

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