Minton Farm Rescue Centre’s hospital has been flat out rehabilitating injured creatures of all kinds for the last month. There has been a huge increase in the numbers of ringtail possums coming into care, particularly from cat attack.
As I write, there is a New Holland Honey Eater struggling for its life because of a neighbours’ cat slinking across a local’s garden with the bird in its mouth. A combination of shock, internal damage and infection from the cat’s teeth and claws means there is a slim chance of survival for these creatures. Warm, dark and quiet are important but the key to success is early (within 5 hours) medical treatment of pain relief and antibiotics. It is so important to keep your cats contained, particularly in our beautiful vegetated District to protect the wildlife 24 hours a day, not just at night!
The progress on the round raptor flight is very heartening and I believe the quality work being done on it is worth the $48,000+ that it is costing us. The volume of tawny frogmouths this month in itself warrants its construction! I wish you all a Merry Christmas with your families and thank you for your support to continue this free community service to improve our gorgeous area’s biodiversity.
Bev and Glenn Langley.