rubbish our wildlife
All sorts of rubbish left behind, or left
lying about the yard and not considered harmful, can and does
injure wildlife and other animals. How we responsibly dispose
of rubbish can help prevent severe injuries and death to inquisitive
or hungry critters.
Unfortunately carers recieve a large number of calls to rescue
birds injured by, or tangled in, fishing line. Rather sad really,
considering it is a preventable injury, which occurs generally
from neglect. If you do go fishing, please be alert and pick up
any discarded line you may see lying about and dispose of it responsibly.
It is not just along the coast
that this sort of injury happens either; recently a local Tawny
frogmouth was rescued well away from the coast, with a rusted fishing
hook embedded in its leg. Thankfully, after minor surgery to remove
hook and 9 days in rehab, carer Alicia was able to release this
bird back into the wild, where it had come from.
Almost all of us use plastic milk or cordial
bottles, these all have a round plastic seal around the top, and
how we dispose of this small ring can be the difference between
life and tragic death for unwitting wildlife. Before disposal, cut
it open with scissors, so it no longer poses a threat to wildlife,
as seen here in photo. This Magpie was lucky, it was found before
starving to death, many do not fare so well, and they succumb silently,
in agony and out of sight.
Drink cans are also deadly traps, when thoughtlessly
discarded, snakes are one of many species that can become trapped
while exploring the inside of the can. If a snake slithers its head
through the opening, it may be unable to get it back out, as its scales
do not bend backwards and can keep it pinned at the neck.
Plastic bags, the bane of modern society, are seen along almost every
roadside; many of these end up in our waterways entangling turtles
and platypus or wash out to sea causing untold damage to many aquatic
creatures and slow death to marine mammals by compromising them in
Let us not forget the dreaded orchard netting, often seen as discarded
piles about yards or sheds, when no longer needed, or loosely draped
over fruit trees and veggie gardens, to protect plants. Many creatures
get tangled up in the netting, suffering constriction, dehydration
and starvation, it’s not pleasant to find an animal in this
condition.we ask everyone to be diligent about the responsible removal
of unused or unnecessary netting from around their property, and please
urge others to do likewise.
Glass from empty bottles, left behind and broken
by time, can cut the feet or mouths of unsuspecting wildlife, when
running or grazing. Unfortunately, they cannot go to the doctor for
stitching, bandaging and antibiotics, so many suffer infections that
can be fatal, or are crippled, inhibiting their ability to survive.
Sounds depressing? It need not be, if we only spare a thought for
the other creatures we share this environment with, by cleaning up
after ourselves, or after others less responsible.