If you find a distressed, injured or orphaned native animal or if you have an unwelcome native animal in your yard you should firstly contact LAOKO 6456 1313 (Snowy Mountains Wildlife Animal Rescue).
Native fauna does not respond well to human contact. The stress of handling can be fatal to an injured animal. If necessary follow the below basic tips and contact LAOKO as soon as possible.
For small animals and birds
- To reduce stress to the animal, keep domestic pets and children away
- Throw a towel over the animal and quickly pick it up
- Gently place in a well-ventilated box and cover the box with a towel or blanket
- If the animal is cold, put some warmth near, but not touching it. A bottle filled with hot water wrapped in a small towel will do
- Do not provide heat for echidnas or reptiles.
- Oil covered animals should be placed in a cage or box with good ventilation so they are still able to breathe freely
- Place the box in a warm, dark, quiet place and do not disturb
- Do not try to give food or water as the animal may be in shock
- Call LAOKO or take it to a vet
For large animals and birds of prey
- Large animals and birds of prey are dangerous to approach and handle.
- To reduce stress to the animal, keep domestic pets and children away.
- Call LAOKO
- If possible keep track of the animal until a rescuer arrives
Do not provide food or water for a sick, injured or stressed animal. Native fauna require a specialised diet and have a minimal chance of survival without it. It is illegal to keep native fauna even if orphaned or injured, they must be passed on to a licensed rescue and rehabilitation group as soon as possible.
Where assistance is required for the rescue or removal of animals or wildlife the following organisations may be able to assist you:
RSPCA NSW: (02) 9770 7555
RSPCA NSW Cruelty Hotline: 1300 278 3589
RSPCA NSW - Snowy Monaro Volunteer Branch: 0448 813 070
LAOKO - (02) 6456 1313 (Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue Service)
Wildlife Rescue Australia: 1300 596 457