Carers give hoot
By KATE McINTOSH
IT was a lucky escape for a hapless koala and a family of tawny frogmouths after a series of dramatic rescues.
Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers were called to a property in Dunbible recently after a female frogmouth was found badly injured.
While the mother was recovering overnight at a vet clinic, it was discovered her two babies had been left stranded in a nearby tree.
Ilona Roberts of Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers said she made countless frantic calls to the rural fire brigade, special wildlife rescue services and private arborists in an attempt to save the babies.
Ms Roberts said she had just about given up when Cabarita-based arborist Ben Larkin agreed to help.
The babies were rescued in a matter of minutes just before a massive storm broke.
Ms Robert said the rescue came just in time as it was unlikely babies could have survived another night unprotected without food.
The babies have since been re-united with their mother who is still recovering and are being looked after by carers at Crabbes Creek.
It was also a happy ending for a disoriented male koala found on Kennedy Drive last week. Ms Roberts said the
koala was most likely searching for new habitat as the area had been massively disturbed by recent roadworks.
Ms Roberts said volunteer wildlife carers had been searching the area after several calls from residents.
The koala, which had scaled a nearby tree, was plucked to safety with the help of Country Energy workers who gladly supplied the use of their cherry picker. The koala was unhurt and will be soon be released in a less-populated area. Ms Roberts said the main threats to native animals were cars, dogs and destruction of habitat. Tweed Valley Wildlife carers- call (02) 66724789