Tweed group sends food to animals

TWEED Valley Wildlife Carers has donated two car loads of fruit to animals stranded by the Queensland flood disaster.

President Connie Kerr organised the donation of more than $1000 worth of fruit during the past week.

“The true impact of the floods on animal populations may never be known,” Ms Kerr said.

“The wildlife carers in Brisbane were absolutely desperate for food but couldn't get any.

“They had resorted to feeding the animals canned food.”

The group accepted donations of fruit and money. The second car load was taken up yesterday and one was taken up on the weekend.

“We just wanted to help to tide them through until the Rocklea markets can re-open,” she said.

The Queensland Wildlife Rehabilitation Council also accepts donations that are then split evenly between smaller carer associations.

“There are wildlife carers all over the world; we're all in this for the same reason,” Ms Kerr said.

“People in Victoria even contacted us.

“Fruit prices keep going up; it's going to keep costing more for wildlife carers to do their jobs.”

The Tweed Valley Wild- life Carers operate out of Murwillumbah providing homes for animals recovering from illness or trauma.

Ms Kerr said that although the provision of human food was of the most importance, often animals could be neglected in times of natural disaster.

“The animals can't jump up and down so we're trying to be a voice for them as well,” she said.

The Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers are holding an orientation drive for new members at the Murwillumbah Community College on Sunday, January 30.

Call (02) 6672 4789 for information.

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