The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital admits a large variety of native Australian wildlife each year.
Each one of these beautiful patients have been through a traumatic experience. There are many reasons why these patients get admitted to our Wildlife Hospital; whether they have been hit by a car, entangled in fishing line or orphaned from their mother, they all have a story to tell.
Please click below to read these beautiful tales of survival.
This month’s survivor is Little Biter!
She is a Squirrel Glider admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital due to injuries from a barbed wire entanglement. Unfortunately barbed wire is extremely dangerous for our native wildlife. We have several different species of animals that succumb to severe injuries and death from becoming entangled in barbed wire. Unfortunately many of these entangled animals die from extreme heat and dehydration if they are not found.
Luckily for Little Biter, she was rescued and brought to us for treatment. Little Biter sustained bruising and a tear to the membrane that allows her to glide, luckily the tear was minor and she was treated with antibiotics, pain relief and anti-inflammatories, she also received fluid therapy for dehydration. The extent of this survival story became evident when we had Little Biter anaesthetised for assessment because she had a tiny furless baby in her pouch which was alive and healthy. Not only was Little Biters’ life saved when she was rescued but her little baby also.
You can help patients like Little Biter and her baby by not erecting barbed wire fences and replacing old barbed wire fences with a wildlife friendly alternative. If a barbed wire fence is your only option please do daily checks to be sure that no wildlife is entangled.
This is Milo and Luke.
Weighing in at just over a tiny 100 grams each of these baby Common Ringtail Possums are around 4 months old. Milo and Luke are not related but were both orphaned on the same day so will make great little companions for each other until they are old enough to be released back into the wild.
Juvenile Ringtail Possums become orphaned for a variety of reasons but unfortunately the most common cause of death for their mothers is vehicle hits, cat and dog attacks. Mothers also have great instincts and are known to abandon their babies if the young are not well or unlikely to survive. As sad as this may seem it makes sense in the wild because Ringtail Possums often have 2 babies at a time so they are likely to put all of their efforts into the healthy sibling.
Milo and Luke were both found on the ground cold and hungry. They are now in good health and are receiving a special possum formula every 4 hours. Milo and Luke will remain in care with Tammy, one of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s veterinary nurses until they are around 7.5 months old before they will be released back into the wild.
Interesting facts: Ringtail Possums are one of the very few species that are able to eat Eucalyptus leaves which are toxic to most animals. They are social animals and orphans must be raised in groups.
This is Max, a juvenile white - faced heron.
Max was rescued from Tugun by an amazing local wildlife rescuer Rowley Goonan. When Max was presented to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital he was weak, underweight, unwilling to eat and unable to fly. He also had some external trauma to his lower leg thus a very sick little heron.
Max has spent the past three weeks recovering in Currumbin Wildlife Hospital’s Waterbird Rehabilitation Facility.
Following treatment, assisted feeding and some TLC from our veterinary team Max’s prognosis is now good. Once he begins eating on his own and gains more strength Max will be released back to Tugun where he will hopefully be reunited with his parents.
This is Major, a Major Skink from Springbrook who was admitted to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital entrapped in a bottle of strawberry flavoured vitamin tablets!
Major was delicately removed from the container by one of our veterinarians and luckily he was unharmed. This is a very good example of the devastation that our native wildlife experience from litter not being disposed of thoughtfully. If Major was not brought to our wildlife hospital by a concerned member of the public he almost certainly would not have survived.
Major has now been released back into the wild and hopefully he has no further issues with discarded rubbish. Please remember to always pick up after yourself when outdoors and help to keep our beautiful wildlife safe.
This is Amelia, and this beautiful girl is very happy to be our survivor of the month as you can see by the wink she is giving in this picture.
Amelia was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on the 9th of August with conjunctivitis and tested positive for Chlamydia. Koalas are classified as vulnerable in South East QLD and their numbers are declining dramatically due to disease and habitat loss. Over half of the koalas admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital have chlamydia and each of these patients require treatment for a minimum of 4 weeks but often need to stay hospitalised for up to 4 months; sadly some of these koalas already have severe kidney damage and don’t survive.
Thankfully, Amelia was one of the lucky ones and after almost two months of treatment at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital she was released on the weekend. This beautiful girl now has a second chance at life thanks to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
This is Bitey, a feisty Australian Pelican who was rescued from a fishing hook and line entanglement.
Bitey has good reason to be a little cranky because when he was found he had a hook which had torn a hole in his pouch and fishing line entangled around his right wing. The hole in his pouch was repaired straight away but unfortunately the extent of the line entanglement caused ligament damage in his wing. Bitey has been recovering in our Waterbirds Rehabilitation Facility receiving treatment for over a month now.
While Bitey is a definite survivor, not all of his mates are so lucky because hook and line entanglements as well as swallowed hooks and line cause an unfortunate number of deaths and suffering in our beautiful native Australian waterbirds and turtles.
This is Tilly and she is a beautiful Laughing Kookaburra from Tallebudgera.
This poor girl was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital following a presumed vehicle hit, and has been recuperating in the Wildlife Hospital for the past two weeks.
When Tilly was first admitted she was in a critical condition and we were unsure if she would survive her injuries. Following examination from the veterinarian and x-rays it was revealed that Tilly had a tibia fracture and a clavicle fracture.
Due to the critical nature of Tilly’s condition she was required to have an intravenous catheter and she was treated with anti-inflammatory medication and pain relief. Tilly also underwent a procedure to pin her fractured tibia and is recovering nicely.
This beautiful girl is going to require a few more weeks of rehabilitation, but will be back home in the wild with her friends soon, thanks to the dedicated team at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital.
This cockatoo is from Coomera and was presented to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital for treatment after being rescued by the RSPCA/Currumbin Wildlife Hospital shared ambulance.
This poor little guy was found entangled in a soccer net. When he arrived at the Hospital part of the net was still wrapped tightly around his neck and he had to be anaesthetised to have it safely removed. He was treated with fluid therapy, pain relief and anti-inflammatories.
Lucky is one lucky cockatoo - he has been through quite an ordeal but is now on the road to recovery!
This beautiful patient is a Brisbane Short Necked Turtle named Beemo. Beemo was found at Tamborine Mountain and unfortunately she had swallowed a fish hook which pierced through her oesophagus and was stuck in her throat.
Due to the size of the hook and its sharp barbs one of our wonderful vets, Dr Fumi Tokanami, had to remove the hook surgically through the side of the turtle’s neck.
Beemo stayed at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital in our Turtle Rehabilitation Facility for two weeks. During this time she received antibiotic and pain relief injections, and was also kept out of the water during the day to assist with the healing process.
Beemo’s injury is an unfortunate reminder of how important it is to dispose of fish hooks thoughtfully, because when left behind they can cause disastrous injuries, not just for turtles but for other native wildlife also.
Currumbin Wildlife Hospital receives between thirty and forty turtles a year with similar fish hook injuries.
Bradley is a beautiful adult koala who was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital because he was hit by a car.
Bradley’s injuries from the vehicle hit were minimal but unfortunately he tested positive for Chlamydia, which is a horrible disease that affects a large amount of our local koala populations.
In Bradley's case he had sore and swollen eyes which is a common symptom of the disease, and unfortunately when the eyes become severely effected the koala can become disoriented and find themselves on the road and in danger.
Bradley spent two months in the Wildlife Hospital receiving specialist care from our highly trained veterinary staff, and after extensive treatment and tender loving care Bradley recovered and was able to be released back into the wild.
This is Cindi and she is a Pied Oyster Catcher. Cindi was admitted to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital with severe injuries to her left foot which resulted in the amputation of the toes on that side.
When Cindi was first admitted she was in very poor condition, her toes were severely infected and she had a very thin body condition. Cindy was treated in the Hospital for 8 weeks and was quite spoiled because she had very expensive taste!
As her name implies Pied Oyster Catchers eat oysters, prawns, mussels and other fine delicacies. Cindi had an amazing recovery and on the day of her release she ran straight down to the salt water, not letting her stump get in the way of her freedom.
Photos courtesy of Rowley Goonan