Protect yourself and the injured animal
If an animal is clearly injured and can be easily caught it will be best in most cases to restrain the animal yourself and transport it to the nearest wildlife vet for immediate assessment.
Restraining a wild animal
If you are required to restrain a native animal for rescue purposes, there are some very important things to keep in mind:
- Most injured wildlife can be restrained by placing a towel over the animal to scoop it up and place into a box. Gloves can also be useful to protect yourself from bites or scratches, depending upon the species.
- Never attempt to rescue a snake yourself; please follow the link to professionals who can assist you in rescuing these animals. More information, click here.
- Never attempt to rescue a bat yourself; please follow the link to professionals who can assist you in rescuing these animals. More information, click here.
- If you feel you may have been bitten or scratched by a bat; please seek immediate medical attention.
- Wildlife is not used to being handled by people and if you need to restrain wildlife it is usually because they have already experienced a stressful situation. To reduce further stress to the animal please remember to keep sick, injured and orphaned wildlife warm, dark and quiet during transport. The best way to do this is in a box with a towel.
- Remember that you are not alone! If you don’t feel comfortable rescuing the animal yourself please follow the link to our wildlife directory so that you can ask for help. More information, click here.
If an animal is behaving unusually and you are unsure if it is injured, or the animal is difficult to catch for any reason, always contact an experienced wildlife person for advice.