THE RSPCA is urging members of the public to keep an eye out for injured wildlife following a dramatic spike in recent hospital admissions.
Manager of Queensland’s RSPCA Wildlife Hospital Lee Pirini said August and September traditionally signalled the start of the wildlife breeding season.
He said sadly this meant a large number of native animals and birds are either hit by cars or find themselves victims of dog and cat attacks.
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“This year the ‘trauma season’ once again kicked off early with warmer temperatures coming a month sooner than expected,” Mr Pirini said.
“Since the beginning of July we’ve had seventy five koala related crisis calls and last night I had ten calls after six pm. And that’s just for koalas!”
“But of course it’s not just koalas. It’s the breeding and birthing season for all native wildlife.”
Mr Pirini said strong winds can also contribute with baby birds being blown out of trees and onto areas where they’re at risk of being attacked by dogs and cats.
Over 22,000 native animals and birds have passed through RSPCA Qld’s wildlife hospital in the past year alone.
Four years ago, the number of admissions in a 12 month period was fewer than 8,000.
“That’s a staggering increase and really disturbing,” Mr Pirini said.
“Habitat destruction is to blame but we’d also urge people to slow down and keep their dogs and cats inside at night.”
The wildlife hospital operates 24/7 and on any day during trauma season it can have over 200 animals in care.
Anyone who comes across injured wildlife can call the RSPCA’s animal hotline on 1300 ANIMAL for advice.