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.