This week’s patient is Charlie, an adorable baby Masked Lapwing (commonly known as a plover).
Charlie fell into a drain and was found when members of the public heard his cries. Little Charlie was rescued and admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital where he was given a clean bill of health by our veterinary team.
Plovers like to nest in open areas as a natural defence so they can see predators coming. These nesting sites are often on roundabouts, on nature strips between roads and in car parks in full view of people.
It is really important to leave these animals alone, they have chosen their site for a reason and will get extremely distressed if someone tries to intervene. The parents will protect their babies and will swoop if you get too close.
If you discover a plover that is genuinely in trouble like Charlie was please contact an experienced wildlife rescuer to assist. You can find a list of wildlife rescuers at http://cwhf.org.au/wildlife-contacts/emergency-numbers/ .
Did you know?
You can help patients like Charlie by donating to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation here.
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