Just another WordPress.com site

Posts tagged ‘snakes’

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP NEWS 30/12/13

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP NEWS 30/12/13

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

We hope that everyone who celebrates Xmas have celebrated an extremely Merry Xmas. Have a safe and Happy New Year in 2014.

WordPress blogs and emails sent out have slowed down this year to rest my eyes due to many hours of computer work etc, that I also haven’t been paid to do since I volunteer all my time to do all this work; however that has not slowed down our work for our wildlife and other animals, animal welfare fighting to end animal cruelty. Some updates were posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nora.preston.16 .  To be able to read the Facebook posts you will need to have your own Facebook profile.  Become a Facebook friend.

Even at the Eye Hospital, my wildlife rescue didn’t stop where I had to rescue a baby Blue Tongue Lizard that ventured into the building through the door that was slightly open.

There was no time for photos as I borrowed a Hospital towel to throw the towel over the Lizard, very gently pick it up, rush it out through the door and release it in their courtyard.

I attempted to release it in the garden under the rocks and bushes, and not on the tiles, however the Lizard had other ideas and began following me back into the building, so I had to run back in while the eye specialist held the door open for me and then quickly shut the door as I got back inside where I continued to wait to see another eye specialist.

No, I didn’t charge for my services, since I am a volunteer; however I was still charged a hefty bill by the Eye Hospital.

It’s great to be so appreciated.

Watch out for some Optometrists’ and eye specialists, some appear to want you to go blind before they do anything to prevent blindness. Get a 2nd opinion.  It’s too late to reverse it once you go blind.

We had a very busy year in 2013. So much was on that some information may be missed in this News.

Photos by NORA PRESTON.

On 8 May 2013 I attended the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture at the ANU: https://www.voiceless.org.au/animal-law/lecture-series/2013

GUEST SPEAKER founder and former Director of the Foundation for the Animal and a specialist in human-animal-relationships in Swiss and international law, Antoine F. Goetschel, currently partner at the law firm Krepper Knecht Partner, previously the animal welfare lawyer for the Canton of Zurich.


The Summary of the Voiceless Animal Law Lecture

On 31 May 2013 along with other meetings prior to the Federal Elections, I attended the Animal Justice Party Meetings.

From Left to Right: Candidate for ACT Marcus Fillinger, President Steve Garlick, Candidate for NSW Mark Pearson.

COMPETITION: Identify this bird. The first 10 to reply will receive FREE MEMBERSHIPS.

On 13 June 2013 I attended the National Capital Authority’s 5th Annual Public Forum to speak up for the necessity to maintain wildlife habitat and our wildlife: http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2595:public-forum-2013&catid=111:public-forum&Itemid=930

On 31/10/13 I attended the Conservation Council and Environmental Defender’s Office Planning and Environment Dispute Resolution Forum where we received an Environment Law Handbook: http://www.edo.org.au/edoact/publications.html.

Speaker Professor Peta Spender from ACAT/Tribunal

Speaker Stephen Johnson, Senior Associate, King & Wood Mallesons

In between these Forums and meetings, I attended other meetings, Forums etc. as well that kept me busy throughout the year.

I wrote to Chinese Embassies in the US and Australia on their violent angora rabbit industries where they rip the fur off the conscious live rabbits. Don’t buy anything with Angora in it. You will find images and videos on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nora.preston.16.

I received enquiries on macropod formula that I had to investigate that were causing loss of weight and blindness that unfortunately included Di-vetelact. I questioned whether or not Di-vetelact purchased their protein from China, since apparently it is the Chinese protein that is causing the problems. Di-vetelact/Sharpe denied purchasing the protein from China, however, hopefully my phone discussion with the company has made them aware that there is a problem with their product and that they are rectifying it.  Link to article on Biolac and blindness written March 2013: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/wildlife-carers-group-news-galah-avoid-biolac-snakes-molonglo-new-tams-minister-more-17313/

I have copied and pasted the original email sent to us below:

“Dear sir/ madam

I found your very informative website on the net, what a wonderful job are doing for all our animals, thank you.

I was wondering,  if you have the latest information on Di-Vetelact, our Carers were having problems with animals getting cataracts.

I believe the SHARPE  company was importing Protein from China, which we thought may have been the problem, are you aware if this is still the case. I have emailed the company, but am not getting a reply.

We have also been warned about Biolac, M100, M 150 seems to be ok but trouble starts with M 200.

My husband and I are elderly 83 and 80 years old and have been rearing joeys for 20 years, Possums, Wallabies and Eastern Greys.

I’m using Wombaroo at the moment, but am not having the same  results, as when I used Divet. Joeys are slower in putting on weight, I am adding baby Farex to each bottle now, which is working, 1/4 tsp each bottle.

Please if you can find the time, will you let me know if Di-Vet is safe again.


Yours in caring,…”

I’ve also received this email on the subject of Biolac copied and pasted below to which I have responded:

“Thank you Nora.
 
I came across your advice to carers regarding Biolac causing cataracts and  found it very refreshing to discover a carer like yourself willing to stand up  and speak the truth. You are the only person other than myself you has the guts  to tell others about this terrible problem, where so many unfortunate, innocent  joeys have been euthanased all because of cataracts caused by this  formula.
 
I have a huge section just on this subject in my new manual which I am  currently working on, with numerous cases and photographs and would like to know  whether you too would like to contribute your case study and photos.
 
We have pretty well worked out why the cataracts are connected with Biolac,  so I have also added this and have had assistance by Dr Tanya Stevens who, along  with other researchers did the initial study on formula associated  cataracts.
 
I look forward to hearing from you Nora.
 
Kind regards

Wildlife Carers Group was also nominated for a $1000 grant from one of the Bank’s who rang me to ask me to fill out a form for them.

Unfortunately I was so busy that I wasn’t able to fill out the form.

I have signed a number of petitions, some of which are on our Facebook page.

Wildlife Carers Group Donations were given as usual to a wildlife vet and to the Make A Wish Foundation.  The Make A Wish donation was given in conjunction with Film Networking Industry (Australia).

In Spring 6/10/13 I unfortunately came across this road kill, so please take care on the roads and remember to slow down and give way to our vulnerable wildlife.  Wildlife have no road sense, however, you do.


For information on snakes, identification, tips, first aid please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/animal-justice-party-kangaroo-report-22513/

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/10/30/autopsy-on-joey-tortured-to-death-by-authorised-tams-government-killing-4612/

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/acat-transcript-on-roo-kill-decision-10713/.

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/wildlife-carers-group-news-301213/.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2013. 


WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2014.

There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

NORA PRESTON (began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80′s.)

Founding President
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
PO Box 3509
WESTON CREEK ACT 2611

Mob: 0406 056 099

Email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au


Website: http://wcg.awardspace.com

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l 

http://www.myspace.com/wcgincCheck out http://www.myspace.com/wcgincand become a friend. We are also on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info
 with photos included on the site, and become a friend.

You can now follow us and join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/ , http://canberra.climatexchange.org.au/wildlife-carers-group

30 December 2013

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au

or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support.

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form from http://wcg.awardspace.com
 and join up. Thank you for all your support.

To see Wildlife Carers Group report and review of the documentary ‘Kangaroo Mob’ please click on these links: 

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-of-360-degree-films-documentary-kangaroo-mob-on-7212-8212/

Published in theTasmanian Times please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-/

To view the amendments and Draft ACT Pest Animal Management Strategy 2011-2021 please click or copy and paste this link into your browser: AMENDMENTS DARTING CURRAWONGS RSPCA – DRAFT ACT PEST ANIMAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGY 2011-2021 « wildlifecarersgroup       

To see Wildlife Carers Group full 5-day report, of the training with the work experience student, Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, results: contaminated, etc Please click on this link https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l .

To see Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l

‘KANGAROOS AND DISEASES’, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroos-and-diseases-notes-for-5-day-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l

This species maintains a healthy, well balanced eco system.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey

Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html 
.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, http://www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/  don fletcher from tams says thatkangaroos are not the main problem and in fact‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx , that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg   ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, intake of pesticide spraying to control locusts, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir

http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view,

Possum Abattoir – Lenah Game Meats, Tasmania — EngageMedia

These animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to wta@environment.gov.au
, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
and click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html
 Submissions are now closed. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

To see the full report on Wildlife Carers Group possum rescue, possum boxes and investigating dog neglect, please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/wildlife-carers-group-possum-rescue-and-investigating-dog-crueltyneglect-reported-to-us-19212/

Dingoes

Following Wildlife Carers Group Investigation and Report on the Fraser Island Dingoes, on 29/8/11, on 5/9/11, the Liberal National Party (LNP) has committed to ensuring the long term survival of the Fraser Island Dingoes, click this link to read the LNP’s commitments: http://www.lnp.org.au/policies/queenslands-precious-wildlife-the-fraser-island-dingo .

Please click this link to view Wildlife Carers Group follow up on Fraser Island Dingoes Driven to Extinction Report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/fraser-island-dingoes-driven-to-extinction/?sn=l , https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/wildlife-carers-group-investigation-and-report-on-the-fraser-island-dingoes-qld-liberal-national-party-takes-action-to-protect-fraser-island-dingoes/?sn=l

Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be
,
who are starving them to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them, will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. Changing the Qld government legislation and constitution, to humanely conserve this species, and their habitat. Erecting GIVE WAY to DINGOES/WILDLIFE Signs. We can see their marine life up and down the Qld coast, however, the only unique sighting that Fraser Island can boast about, and can offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 90 odd Dingoes, population estimation as of 28-29 August 2011, (since the mismanaged Fraser Island fire by the Qld government, this Dingo population has more than likely dropped dramatically), that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, Fraser Island will have nothing left to offer to the huge tourist trade it currently holds, which will end Fraser Island tourism. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

To read Wildlife Carers Group report on WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP VISIT TO TASMANIA in the Tasmanian Times, please click on this link, http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania/

Wildlife Carers Group report on our visit to Tasmania can be seen on this link:
https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania-wildlife-being-driven-to-extinction-wildlife-care-2112/

To read Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty and removing the fish hook, and in the Tasmanian Times please click on this link:

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/wildlife-carers-group-seeking-any-information-on-animal-cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise-rescued-on-australia-day-26112-after-the-fireworks-tasmanian-visit-published-in-tt-link-fraser-island-ding/  

Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty was published in the Tasmanian Times, to read it please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise/

For information on snakes, identification, tips, first aid please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/

For information on some Beaked Whales, Gray’s and Arnoux’s Beaked Whale; King Brown Snake, Eastern Brown Snake, Photos of Red-bellied Black Snake please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/long-beaked-whale-in-tasmania-king-brown-snake-in-canberra-28212/

Also Published in the Tasmanian Times please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-thank-you-for-all-your-support-in-2011/   

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP NEWS; GALAH; AVOID BIOLAC; SNAKES; MOLONGLO; NEW TAMS MINISTER + more 17/3/13

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP NEWS; GALAH; AVOID BIOLAC; SNAKES; MOLONGLO; NEW TAMS MINISTER + more 17/3/13

While we haven’t been sending out our news and hard work regularly via email, we have been extremely busy. Click on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info
and Twitter
http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/
to read some of our updates.  Unfortunately not all of our hard work gets published on Facebook and Twitter either with the huge volume of work that we do.

Wildlife Carers Group phone has been ringing off the hook as usual with possibly some calls being lost.  If we haven’t returned your call you either forgot to leave your number, left the wrong number, we couldn’t decipher your message, or through congestion your call somehow got lost.

Please speak clearly and loudly into the microphone on your phone, tell us the reason why you are calling, leave your name and contact number, repeat your contact number twice.  We don’t have time to return calls to callers who fail to give us the reason for their call.  The call must be wildlife and animal welfare related.

HIT AND RUN REPORT ON GALAH HANDED INTO WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP.

Published in Wildlife Rescue Magazine, please click on this link http://wildliferescuemagazine.com/uploads/3/0/8/0/3080007/wrmissue6parta.pdf, (this magazine may take a while to load for viewing, so please be patient) and scroll down till you find the heading ‘Galah hit and run’ by NORA PRESTON to read the report. Photos: NORA PRESTON. Don’t forget to vote for it as your favourite story.

Wildlife Rescue Magazine is filled with great wildlife stories. Enjoy the reading. Become a subscriber to help this very informative and educational magazine to keep publishing the articles.

AVOID BIOLAC FOR REARING MACROPODS, POSSUMS – SOFT FURRED WILDLIFE.

Photos: NORA PRESTON

Biolac has inappropriately been widely recommended to rear Macropods.

Unfortunately carers have found that the Eastern Grey Kangaroo Joeys have developed cataracts in both their eyes using Biolac.

Taronga Zoo has also found that Biolac is not suitable to rear Macropods or any other soft furred wildlife and recommend that Biolac only be used for Wombats or the stronger furred wildlife with similar texture fur as the wombat.  Personally, I would avoid using Biolac altogether.

I would therefore highly recommend that you avoid the use of Biolac for possums as well.

I have successfully continued to rear wildlife using Di-Vetelact that is simple to use. The only Wombaroo products I use is Granivore and Insectivore mix for birds. Carers that use Wombaroo powder for Macropods, Possums etc have been successful in rearing them.

Eastern Grey Kangaroo Joey reared using Biolac has formed cataracts in his eyes. This Joey will be having eye surgery to remove the cataracts.

Eyes should appear clear as this picture shows.

SNAKES 22/1/13

Photos: NORA PRESTON

After moving some stumps around into aviaries, the next day on 22/1/13 I saw an olivish green object in the bottom of the aviary with the same pattern on it as my garden hose. I thought that the last person in the aviary had dropped a thicker garden hose piece into the aviary and was about to bend down to retrieve it and return it to its rightful owner when it moved.

Even the local snakes seek refuge in my aviearies and want to feel safe from harm to live in my aviaries, slithering in and curling up in it to make a home for themselves.

For further information on snakes, identification, tips, first aid, and a clearer picture of an Eastern Brown Snake, please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/

EDENOPTERON KEITHCROOKI – 360 MILLION YEAR OLD NEW SPECIES OF FISH DISCOVERED

Photo: NORA PRESTON

Dr Gavin Young of ANU and 3 other researchers found the remains of this species in Eden in 2008. I snapped this photo of Gavin holding this specimen in June 2012. They worked hard to put the pieces together over a period of 5 years. In 2008 they found a fang that was 4 centimetres in length from an estimated 3 metre long fish while searching for remains of a toothless armoured fish in rocks near Eden. The researchers are waiting to hear back on whether or not they have been successful in their application for a permit/funding to continue their excavation in Eden to find the rest of the remains of this fish.  I’m sure that all the readers would agree that granting this permit would be of great historical educational value for science and the public.

Head and pectoral girdle of the Edenopteron keithcrooki – 360 million year old new species of fish discovered in Eden, NSW.

“POSSUM TOASTS AUSTRALIA DAY in cheeky visit” by John Thistleton CANBERRA TIMES (CT) ARTICLE 29/1/13 NEWS P.3

Photos: NORA PRESTON

While I encourage assisting our native wildlife by feeding them, I only encourage to feed them with their natural diet, except for feeding lizards, possums etc to snakes and raptors etc, and as a supplement, fruit, good quality parrot mix etc.

Bread, toasted or otherwise, is definitely not recommended to be fed to any wildlife. Wildlife, and any other animals and birds cannot digest bread that will give them diarrhoea and slowly kill them.

I will investigate what the pest controllers who TAMS employ to catch the possums and remove them from the roof do with them, as commented by Daniel Iglesias in this same CT article.

The possums cannot just be removed from the roof and released. Possums are highly territorial and will kill or seriously injure one another fighting for their territory. A possum box must be installed close by to give the possum a new home. Please click on this link for more information: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/canberra-times-sundayfocus-article-on-nora-preston-canberracity-of-animal-lovers-15712-2/.

You can read about the Powerful Owl and view a photo of it at the Botanical Gardens on 22/9/07, referred to in the same CT article on Wildlife Carers Group website: http://wcg.awardspace.com, and click on the ‘Training’ link. This Wildlife Carers Group website has not been updated; all the updates of our hard work are in WordPress, Facebook and Twitter.

Brush-tail Possum eating a dandelion flower

Brush-tail Possum eating a piece of orange.

ELEPHANTS – DID YOU KNOW?


We have been busy assisting in saving Elephants as well, both in the wild and in captivity.

  1. Usually in mammals tusks are enlarged canine teeth, but in elephants they are actually elongated incisors made of ivory and are essentially no different from other teeth. Ref: eleaid.com and Britannica.com
  2. Elephants usually have 26 teeth: the incisors, known as the tusks, 12 deciduous premolars, and 12 molars.
  3. These animals have several distinctive features, including a long proboscis or trunk used for many purposes, particularly for grasping objects. Their incisors grow into tusks, which serve as tools for moving objects and digging, and as weapons for fighting.

    Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Traditionally, two species are recognised, the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species (L. africana and L. cyclotis respectively). Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. They are the only surviving proboscideans; extinct species include mammoths and mastodons. The largest living terrestrial animals, male African elephants can reach a height of 4 m (13 ft) and weigh 7,000 kg (15,000 lb).

    Elephants are herbivorous and can be found in different habitats including savannahs, forests, deserts and marshes. They prefer to stay near water. They are considered to be keystone species due to their impact on their environments. Other animals tend to keep their distance, and predators such as lions, tigers, hyenas and wild dogs usually target only the young elephants (or “calves”). Females (or “cows”) tend to live in family groups, which can consist of one female with her calves or several related females with offspring. The latter are led by the oldest cow, known as the matriarch. Elephants have a fission-fusion society in which multiple family groups come together to socialise. Males (or “bulls”) leave their family groups when they reach puberty, and may live alone or with other males. Adult bulls mostly interact with family groups when looking for a mate and enter a state of increased testosterone and aggression known as musth, which helps them gain dominance and reproductive success. Calves are the centre of attention in their family groups and rely on their mothers for as long as three years. Elephants can live up to 70 years in the wild. They communicate by touch, sight, and sound; elephants use infrasound, and seismic communication over long distances. Elephant intelligence has been compared with that of primates and cetaceans. They appear to have self-awareness and show empathy for dying or dead individuals of their kind.

    African elephants are listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), while the Asian elephant is classed as endangered. One of the biggest threats to elephant populations is the ivory trade, as the animals are poached for their ivory tusks. Other threats to wild elephants include habitat destruction and conflicts with local people. Elephants are used as working animals in Asia. In the past they were used in war; today, they are often put on display in zoos and circuses. Elephants are highly recognisable and have been featured in art, folklore, religion, literature and popular culture. Ref: Wikipedia

    KANGAROOS – VICTORIA PUSH FOR COMMERCIAL INDUSTRY 27.2.13.

    Polls: KANGAROO PROCESSING

    Should Victoria cull and process kangaroos?

    Yes

    25%

    No

    75%

    Sent by Lisa: PLEASE VOTE NO in the following Weekly Times poll over a commercial kangaroo industry entering Victoria.
    Please share and forward to as many people as possible,

    thank you

    Fiona

    POLL LINK – http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/opinion/index.html

    Sent by Lisa: Please leave a comment on this article, David O’Brien is deluded in my opinion!

    http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2013/02/27/561613_opinion-news.html

    PUSH FOR ROO INDUSTRY IN QLD

    You can leave a comment on this link to this fictional article by clicking on the link: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2013/02/26/561508_latest-news.html

    MOLONGLO RIVER PARK/COOMBS RIVERSIDE DESIGN final PSP PRESENTATION 20/2/13

    Photos: NORA PRESTON

    I attended the Molonglo River Park/Coombs Riverside design workshop on 20/2/13 reminding everyone that they were in breach of the EPBC Act 1999/NES plan.  Please click on this link to view WCG Submission on the EPBC Act 1999/NES Plan:  https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/wildlife-carers-group-submission-for-molonglo-and-north-weston-developments/.  I spoke with Shane Rattenbury TAMS minister later that day at a separate Conservation Council meeting reminding him of the Wildlife Carers Group submission on this matter that was handed to him at a Council meeting prior to the elections in 2012, and requested a response and confirmation that these developments have been scrapped. I further sent a follow up email on 25/2/13 to Shane Rattenbury requesting his response and confirmation that the Molonglo and North Weston developments have been permanently stopped. I have not yet received an acknowledgement or response to the email.

    CONSERVATION COUNCIL COMMUNITY FORUM, GUEST SPEAKER SHANE RATTENBURY NEW ACT MINISTER FOR TERRITORY AND MUNICIPAL SERVICES (TAMS) 20/2/13

    I attended the Conservation Council community forum on 20/2/13 and spoke with Shane Rattenbury on the matter of the Cypress trees being removed in the old Weston CIT site without any consultation and requested an explanation. I further sent a follow up email on 25/2/13 requesting an explanation to which I have not received an acknowledgement or response to.

    I also raised the unlawful entry and theft of my wildlife on 10/8/12 https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/wildlife-carers-group-news-work-experience-student-rspca-cruelty-more-live-export-animal-cruelty-28912/ and again demanded a public apology and the return of my wildlife alive and asked him where they were. I also reminded him of the small part of the damages bill that I have already sent and asked for that immediate payment and that I was defamed publicly with vicious lies not once but twice by TAMS, also in 2007/2008 in the attempt to destroy my reputation, and expect compensation for damages, defamation, vicious harassment, unlawful entry and theft. I have been demanding that all staff involved in the unlawful entry and theft of my wildlife be permanently banned and terminated from their jobs for abusing their jobs and taxpayers money to run a smear campaign against me. I sent a follow up email on 25/2/13 requesting the same to which I have not received an acknowledgement or response to.

    I discussed the Kangaroos and to end the violent unlawful killing, to amend the Acts and Policies that govern the unlawful violent killing according to Wildlife Carers Group submissions, and to amend our licence, etc. I sent a follow up email on 25/2/13 requesting the same to which I have not received an acknowledgement or response to.

    I have been busy taking legal action, typing up submissions, including for judicial improvements, strengthening the Human Rights Act that expired in January 2013, attending meetings, and emailing letters to assist in ending violent kangaroo killings in other states, to prevent the kangaroo commercial industry from starting up in other states, saving our marinelife and their habitat, to assist to stop the coal seam gas, which we have had some success in, with the Environment Minister Tony Burke introducing legislation in parliament on 13/3/13, including strict federal conditions on the coal seam gas proposals on their impact on our water tables. The list goes on of all of the rest of my hard work on other matters as well, some of which that may be seen on Facebook and Twitter.

    To read the full report and the President’s Report please click on this link:

    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-antarctica-melbourne-aquarium-competition-ongoing-animal-cruelty-by-rspcamore-211212/.

    1. Please help us make a difference and sign this petition as individuals and circulate through facebook, twitter, your own website etc that will not only help stop violent Kangaroo killing but will also help to stop the development on the 2008 Kangaroo killing fields on the bnts site to encourage the government to turn the site and the surrounding areas into Wildlife Carers Group proposed Memorial Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary: www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-all-the-kangaroos.html

    Can you also take a moment to sign and share these petitions with others as well including your own websites etc? It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/chief-tams-minister-stop-the-unlawful-violent-killing-of-protected-native-kangaroos, and http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/stop-the-unlawful-violent-killing-of-protected-native-kangaroos.

    WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2013.

    There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

    Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.

    Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

    Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

    Wildlife Carers Group is the only ACT body that enforces the wildlife protection laws.It is unlawful to kill or harm protected native wildlife.

    NORA PRESTON (began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80′s.)

    Founding President
    WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. –Founded in 2004.
    PO Box 3509
    WESTON CREEK ACT 2611

    Mobile: 0406 056 099

    Email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au

    Website:
    http://wcg.awardspace.com/

    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l

    http://www.myspace.com/wcginc

    Check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc

    and become a friend.

    We are also on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info
    with photos included on the site, and become a friend.

    You can now follow us and join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/

    17 March 2013

    Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation

    and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au
    or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support.

    Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

    Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form from http://wcg.awardspace.com/

    and join up. Thank you for all your support.

    1. Please help us make a difference and sign this petition as individuals and circulate through facebook, twitter, your own website etc that will not only help stop violent Kangaroo killing but will also help to stop the development on the 2008 Kangaroo killing fields on the bnts site to encourage the government to turn the site and the surrounding areas into Wildlife Carers Group proposed Memorial Kangaroo Park and Wildlife Sanctuary: www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-all-the-kangaroos.html

    Can you also take a moment to sign and share these petitions with others as well including your own websites etc? It’s really easy – all you need to do is forward this email or share this link on Facebook or Twitter: http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/chief-tams-minister-stop-the-unlawful-violent-killing-of-protected-native-kangaroos, and http://www.communityrun.org/petitions/stop-the-unlawful-violent-killing-of-protected-native-kangaroos.

    To see Wildlife Carers Group report and review of the documentary’Kangaroo Mob’ please click on these links:

    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-of-360-degree-films-documentary-kangaroo-mob-on-7212-8212/

    Published in theTasmanian Times please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-/

    To view the amendments and Draft ACT Pest Animal Management Strategy 2011-2021 please click or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/27/amendments-darting-currawongs-rspca-draft-act-pest-animal-management-strategy-2011-2021/

    To see Wildlife Carers Group full 5-day report, of the training with the work experience student, Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, results: contaminated, etc Please click on this link https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l

    To see Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l

    ‘KANGAROOS AND DISEASES’, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroos-and-diseases-notes-for-5-day-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l

    This species maintains a healthy, well balanced eco system.

    In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, http://www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan%E2%80%A6/comment-page-1/(this page may now be closed to leave space for UC new students interviews)
    don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

    This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

    Please check out this link: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx
    that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

    The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx , with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the’letters to the editor’ section titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

    Please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg

    ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’,that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

    Please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related

    SEE the so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders),causing death, intake of pesticide spraying to control locusts, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

    There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

    Possum abattoir

    http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view,

    Possum Abattoir– Lenah Game Meats, Tasmania —EngageMedia

    These animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export.

    You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to wta@environment.gov.au

    wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
    and click on link
    http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html

    Submissions are now closed. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

    To see the full report on Wildlife Carers Group possum rescue, possum boxes and investigating dog neglect, please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/wildlife-carers-group-possum-rescue-and-investigating-dog-crueltyneglect-reported-to-us-19212/

    Dingoes

    Following Wildlife Carers Group Investigation and Report on the Fraser Island Dingoes, on 29/8/11, on 5/9/11, the Liberal National Party (LNP) has committed to ensuring the long term survival of the Fraser Island Dingoes, click this link to read the LNP’s commitments: http://www.lnp.org.au/policies/queenslands-precious-wildlife-the-fraser-island-dingo

    Please click this link to view Wildlife Carers Group follow up on Fraser Island Dingoes Driven to Extinction Report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/fraser-island-dingoes-driven-to-extinction/?sn=l


    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/wildlife-carers-group-investigation-and-report-on-the-fraser-island-dingoes-qld-liberal-national-party-takes-action-to-protect-fraser-island-dingoes/?sn=l

    Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be
    who are starving them to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them, will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. Changing the Qld government legislation and constitution, to humanely conserve this species, and their habitat. Erecting GIVE WAY to DINGOES/WILDLIFE Signs. We can see their marine life up and down the Qld coast, however, the only unique sighting that Fraser Island can boast about, and can offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 90 odd Dingoes, population estimation as of 28-29 August 2011, (since the mismanaged Fraser Island fire by the Qld government, this Dingo population has more than likely dropped dramatically), that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, Fraser Island will have nothing left to offer to the huge tourist trade it currently holds, which will end Fraser Island tourism. This species maintains a healthy well balanced ecosystem.


    To read Wildlife Carers Group report on WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP VISIT TO TASMANIA in the Tasmanian Times, please click on this link, http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania/

    Wildlife Carers Group report on our visit to Tasmania can be seen on this link:
    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania-wildlife-being-driven-to-extinction-wildlife-care-2112/

    To read Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty and removing the fish hook, and in the Tasmanian Times please click on this link or copy and paste into your browser:

    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/wildlife-carers-group-seeking-any-information-on-animal-cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise-rescued-on-australia-day-26112-after-the-fireworks-tasmanian-visit-published-in-tt-link-fraser-island-ding/

    Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty was published in the Tasmanian Times, to read it please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise/

    For further information on snakes, identification, tips, first aid please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/

    https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/long-beaked-whale-in-tasmania-king-brown-snake-in-canberra-28212/

    Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

Canberra Times SundayFocus article on NORA PRESTON Canberra:CITY OF ANIMAL LOVERS 15/7/12

Canberra: city of animal lovers

Date     July 15, 2012

A small number of Canberra’s animal enthusiasts take their passion to the next level. PHILLIP THOMSON talks to one of them


Nora Preston of the Wildlife Carers Group, at the Callum Brae Nature Reserve, with a rescued female possum. Photo: Graham Tidy

SELF-DESCRIBED protector of animals Nora Preston sends out a media release.

It is about a dog she alleges is being mistreated. It sits on the owner’s verandah and she has taken photos of it and sent them to her mailing list.

”The dog still has not been seized and is still out there in the freezing day and night with no kennel,” she writes.

So I ask her how much trouble she has been in, doing this sort of community activism.

”They abuse you,” she says matter-of-factly, but does not want to say too much more about it.

She only adds: ”When I do that, I’m not on my own. We try to calm them down and just explain to them what they need to do to avoid legal action. Sometimes it takes months.”

Canberra has its fair share of animal lovers.

A small number of them take their animal enthusiasm to the next level, campaigning in the media and sometimes trying as hard as they can to remain anonymous as they break the law.

Outrage often spills into the letters page when there is a kangaroo cull.

Parkwood Farm, which produces eggs in Canberra’s north, was raided by a group of animal rights activists who destroyed equipment in March.

The farm will now switch from battery hen farming to producing cage-free eggs.

However, Preston says she does not endorse law breaking, such as trespass. It would only hurt her ability to get things done the right way, she says, through lobbying.

She does not approve of the damaging of private property. She is more of a supporter of the media campaign, despite the dirty looks she might get from pet owners.

She has no qualms about stepping in and calling the authorities on short notice.

When she saw a man displaying cockatoo wings on the dashboard of his car, she called the police.

”I could just imagine him ripping [the wings] off a live cockatoo,” she says (although there is no proof the man did this).

She also stepped in when she saw a cockatoo being ”stomped on” at Queanbeyan in April. ”That cockatoo is still being rehabilitated, it’s been on antibiotics.”

The bird is now with one of the 20 volunteers in her Wildlife Carers Group.

Preston, the owner of two cats and one dog, started bird watching in the 1970s. After joining the local Wildlife Foundation in the 1980s, she later founded her own organisation, which she says is funded from her own pocket and receives up to 10 calls a day regarding animal welfare matters.

The group doesn’t give names to animals it rescues, although Preston is not against the practice.

The focus is on healing the animals’ wounds until they are released rather than handling them. ”We don’t want to turn them into pets,” she says.

Each year Preston says her organisation receives dozens of calls about snakes in backyards, echidnas on the road and possums in the roof.

A person must be patient to remove a possum from a house.

”They are very territorial,” she says. A possum box must be added to the roof, so the possum can mark it with its smells. When this is done, the box can be put in a nearby tree and the entry into the roof blocked.

Occasionally when her volunteers are called out to possum jobs, the noises in the roof turn out to be rats and mice.

”We don’t deal with those,” she says. ”People have to call the pest controllers.”

If echidnas are picked up from the road they should be placed off the bitumen in the direction they are travelling in. Otherwise, they may become disoriented from where their young, known as puggles, are located.

So how much animal cruelty, whether deliberate or through ignorance, exists in the ACT?

Figures show that the territory’s RSPCA animal welfare inspectors responded to 1100 complaints in the past year. Further action only needed to be taken in less than three per cent of those cases, according to the RSPCA chief executive Michael Linke.

In the past year, six animals in the ACT have been so neglected they have been seized immediately.

Some of the worst cases end up in court.

Two recent cases involved people who allegedly injured their own cats. Inspectors seized the cats and both cases are progressing through the court system.

In another case, inspectors seized an emaciated dog they believed was in imminent risk.

”A case involving a horse also involved failure to provide adequate food to a point of starvation and the horse was seized,” Linke says.

One matter currently before the juvenile court involves a 16-year-old boy who allegedly killed and tortured a number of dogs.

Clearly Preston believes her Wildlife Carers Group has an important part to play in tending to the animals that the RSPCA and other organisations do not get to.

And she believes people and humans are crossing paths more regularly as housing developments continue across the ACT.

This is perhaps most obvious in the ACT government’s kangaroo culls. Preston is passionately opposed to any kangaroo culls, questioning the ACT government’s statement that the shooting is done by experienced marksmen.

Up to 2015 eastern grey kangaroos were killed in the latest cull in May and June.

A survey of 600 Canberrans by Territory and Municipal Services, found 79 per cent were supportive of kangaroo culling under some circumstances and 70 per cent were supportive of culling for conservation of small grassland and woodland animals.

An online poll by The Canberra Times in May found 41 per cent of those polled supported culling.

Ask Preston and she undoubtedly believes most people are against the culls. And she will use all her powers to stop the deaths.

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-city-of-animal-lovers-20120714-222rk.html#ixzz2Kk58bfoI

 

Read more: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/canberra-city-of-animal-lovers-20120714-222rk.html#ixzz2Kk4kJmZd

RARE LONG BEAKED WHALE IN TASMANIA + KING BROWN SNAKE IN CANBERRA 28/2/12

RARE LONG BEAKED WHALE IN TASMANIA + KING BROWN SNAKE IN CANBERRA

Wildlife Carers Group received a call for a dead baby whale in Tasmania on 26/2/12, requesting it be removed from the beach.

After investigating the call, it appears that the baby whale turned out to be a very rare beaked whale that due to their long dive times and unobtrusive surfacing behaviour are difficult to sight.

These mammals are known as the deepest and longest diving of all cetaceans, because of the types of fish and squid recovered from their stomachs.

One quarter of the world’s 80 whales and dolphin species belong to the family of beaked whales (Ziphiidae).

2 species of beaked whales in the northern Bahamas are Mesoplodon densirostris and Ziphius cavirostris.

It appears that these beaked whales are effected by acoustics, that are disorientating them, causing the strandings and killing them, such as acoustic pollution in marine environments that include widespread oil and gas prospecting, ice-breaking, shipping noise and military sonar.

This discovery was made when four of the more than 5 beaked whales that were stranded in a limited area over a short period of time, naval sonar tests were being conducted in the northern Bahamas that suffered from acoustic trauma.

The US Navy is required to factor the welfare of sound-sensitive marine life into their sonar development.

Beaked Whales are most frequently sighted around deep canyons, gullies and walls, that rely on isolated critical habitats.


Densebeaked whale off Rarotonga, Cook Islands (WhaleResearch.Org) Ref: Whale Research.org.

Gray’s Beaked Whales, sometimes known as Haast’s beaked whale, the Scamperdown whale, or the southern beaked whale, mesoplodon grayi, have been found stranded in Australia with Gray describing approx 3 new species of beaked whale: Hector’s, the Strap-toothed and the Spade-toothed Beaked Whale.

Gray’s Beaked Whales have a circumpolar Southern Hemisphere distribution, occurring in cold temperate waters mainly between 30 and 45 degreesS, with a northern limit of about 25 degreesS.  Sightings and strandings suggest that the species habitats the Indian Ocean, south and east of Madagascar, as well as off South America, the Falkland Islands, New Zealand and Western Australia.  Stranded beaked whales have been found  on southern Australian coasts.  There is one record of this species from the Noerthern Hemisphere: a female stranded in the Netherlands.  The animal is thought to have been an anomalous stray.

Sightings are rare, strandings in New Zealand and southern Australia occur mostly during the summer and autumn from December to April, suggesting there may be seasonal movement inshore to calve.

Gray’s Beaked Whales are dark bluish-grey dorsally and paler below. The beak and anterior part of the forehead are light grey or white. Adult females may be slightly lighter dorsally than adult males. The beak is long and cylindrical and the mouthline is straight. There is no noticeable bulge on the forehead, but the melon does bulge slightly just in front of the blowhole. In males, there is a single mandibular tooth positioned near the middle of each side of the jaw. In adult males, these teeth tilt forward slightly and are large and triangular; they may grow up to 10cm wide, although approximately 6cm wide is more common. There is also a row of 17-22 small, vestigial, teeth towards the rear of the upper jaw in adults of both sexes. These teeth are not attached to the bone, and in females, do not emerge from the gums. The dorsal fin is hooked and quite pointed.

The long white beak protrudes from the water as the animal surfaces to breathe. Gray’s Beaked Whale is known to breach and ‘porpoise’ when travelling fast at the surface.

Size range is 5.7m in length, and weigh 1.0-1.5 tonnes.


Gray’s Beaked Whale


Gray’s Beaked Whale

Gray's Beaked Whale beached at Teatree Lane East Devonport Tasmania 260212

Photo reproduced with permission by DPIPWE (Copyright).

The stranded dead Beaked Whale reported to Wildlife Carers Group in Tasmania is a female sub adult, not quite fully grown (4.8m total length) Gray’s Beaked Whale, found at Teatree Lane in East Devonport, as shown in the photo above.

This Gray’s beaked whale is the 6th specimen that the Dept of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) have seen on Tasmanian beaches in the last decade.

The wildlife officers took samples of the dead whale, and sent her to Hobart, which they received 27/2/12, but it appears that they were unable to test for acoustic trauma, and unfortunately could not determine a cause of death.

The 2nd photo the department sent Nora is showing signs of being a badly battered whale on the sand, therefore the photo won’t be displayed, however the photo does resemble the picture of the Gray’s beaked whale as shown above, directly before the East Devonport pictured Whale.

Classification – Species: grayi; Genus: Mesoplodon; Family: Ziphidae; Suborder: Odontoceti; Order: Cetacea; Class: Mammalia; Phylum: Chordata; Kingdom: Animalia.

Arnoux’s Beaked Whale, aka Arnux’s beaked whales, southern four-toothed whales, southern beaked whales, New Zealand beaked whales, southern giant bottlenose whales, and southern porpoise whales Berardius arnuxii are a rare cetacean species, slate grey to brown dorsally and lighter ventrally. The head may also be slightly lighter. Both males and females have two pairs of teeth at the tip of the lower jaw. The anterior, or front pair are large and triangular, while the posterior pair are smaller and peg-like. The anterior pair of teeth is exposed when the mouth is closed. Animals are often heavily scarred with parallel linear tooth-rakes. They are the largest beaked whales in the Southern Hemisphere. The body is spindle-shaped. The dorsal fin is small, triangular, slightly hooked and positioned well back on the body. The flippers are short and have rounded tips. The beak is long and tubular, distinct from the forehead, and may have a horizontal crease above the gape. The head is small, with a steep forehead and the melon is pronounced and rounded. Their large body size, steep melon and long beak, 2 pairs of erupted teeth in the lower jaw distinguish Arnoux’s Beaked Whale from other Southern Hemisphere beaked whales.

Arnoux's Beaked Whale



Arnoux’s Beaked Whales

Arnoux’s Beaked Whale

Size range is 9-10m long at adulthood, and weighing 9 tonnes, 4m long at birth.

This species has been found stranded in Tasmania.

Classification – Species: amuxii; Genus: Berardius; Suborder: Odontoceti; Order: Cetacea; Subclass: Euheria; Cass: Mammalia; Subphylum: Vertebrata; Phylum: Chordata; Kingdom: Animalia. Refs: Australian Museum, cms.int, wildlifeextra.com, itsnature.org, stuff.co.nz, namibian.org, marinebio, (DPIPWE – Wildlife Biologist, Marine Mammal Conservation Program, Biodiversity Conservation Branch, Hobart, Tasmania).

KING BROWN SNAKE, Mulga Snake, or Pilbara Cobra, Pseudechis australis

Wildlife Cares Group received a call about a King Brown Snake in Latham.

The male caller was concerned about this snake being a King Brown, since it struck at his window, showing aggressive signs, and the colour was a bit different to an Eastern Grey.

The snake moved into the drain at his property, and didn’t want to leave.

King Brown Snakes are a highly venomous snake, and are a member of the Black Snake family, and not the Brown Snakes, therefore when bitten by a King Brown, you will need the antivenin of a black snake.


King Browns appear to habitat all arid areas of Australia, as shown in the shade of green on the map of Australia above, and has a strongly defined dark crosshatched pattern on its scales.


King Browns don’t normally reach the ACT.


The colour can vary depending on where the snake is found with various tones of black, grey, dark green, and dark reddish brown. Usually each scale is lighter toned around the edge and often gives the snake a reticulated appearance. One of the scale characteristics is that the caudal scale are normally both single and divided.

There is a scalation difference between the brown and black snakes on the head, the brown snakes of the genus Pseudonaja have a single temproal scale and the black snakes of the genus Pseudechis have two temporal scales.

The size can also vary depending on where they come from, seeming to be a larger size further north with the occasional specimen reaching close to 10 foot in total length.

King Browns will become aggressive when provoked, will flatten out their neck and try to bite, so leave them alone.

The King Brown shelters in burrows, logs, rock piles, etc. Prey consists of small mammals, birds, snakes, lizards and frogs.

King Browns are often found active just on dusk, but will hibernate when it is too hot, with mating around late spring and lay an average of nine eggs.


Red-bellied Black Snake Pseudechis porphyriacus


Red-bellied Black Snake

Refs: pilbarapythons.com, fortunecity.com, wikipedia.

After the first attempt of Wildlife Carers Group snake handler arriving on the scene to remove the snake, unfortunately the snake could not be seen, so she visited someone close by, when the caller phoned back.

Our snake handler returned, found the snake on his lawn, and removed and released the snake at the nearest reserve.

Nora Preston, Wildlife Carers Group Founding President, advised that if the snake was a King Brown, it could not be released.

Wildlife Carers Group snake expert and handler identified the snake to be an Eastern Brown Snake Pseudonaja textilis that is part of the Brown Snake family.

Eastern Brown Snake


Eastern Brown Snake – Belly


Eastern Brown Snake-head


Eastern Brown Snake-juveniles showing different colour variations at different ages


Adult Eastern Brown Snakes showing colour variations.

The Common or Eastern Brown Snake is active mostly by day, has been seen active on hot nights, exept in very hot weather and in the cold Winter months when they go into hibernation. It feeds on rats, mice, birds, lizards and other snakes. The brown snake lays from 10 to 35 eggs. The young brown snakes are banded in dark grey or black, and have a broad band on the back of their heads. By three years of age, the bands disappear, and the adult is usually uniform in colour, ranging through light or dark brown, orange-yellow or even black. The shape is streamlined, and the head is not distinct.

The Eastern Brown Snake winds its body into an ‘S’ shape when attacking, raising itself off the ground. It strikes very rapidly, with its mouth open, possibly because of its relatively small fangs that are approximately 3mm in length.

The average venom yield is around 4mg, although the record venom yield was 67mg. The venom contains potent neurotoxins and procoagulants, resulting in progressive paralysis and incoagulable blood. Clotting defects may require multiple doses of anitvenom for complete reversal. Occasional fatalities have occurred as a result of bleeding into the brain due to coagulation distrubances. Ref: AVRU.

For further information on snakes, identification, tips, first aid please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/snakes-information-identification-tips-first-aid-notes-for-wes-4-8-july-2011/

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/long-beaked-whale-in-tasmania-king-brown-snake-in-canberra-28212/



WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2011.


WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2012.

There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

NORA PRESTON (began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80′s.)

Founding President
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
PO Box 3509
WESTON CREEK ACT 2611

Mob: 0406 056 099

Email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au


Website: http://wcg.awardspace.com

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l 

http://www.myspace.com/wcginc Check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and become a friend.

We are also on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info
with photos included on the site, and become a friend.

You can now follow us and join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/ , http://canberra.climatexchange.org.au/wildlife-carers-group

28 February 2012

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au

or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support.

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form from http://wcg.awardspace.com and join up. Thank you for all your support.

To see Wildlife Carers Group report and review of the documentary ‘Kangaroo Mob’ please click on these links:

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/08/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-of-360-degree-films-documentary-kangaroo-mob-on-7212-8212/

Published in theTasmanian Times please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-attends-premiere-screening-/

To view the amendments and Draft ACT Pest Animal Management Strategy 2011-2021 please click or copy and paste this link into your browser: AMENDMENTS DARTING CURRAWONGS RSPCA – DRAFT ACT PEST ANIMAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGY 2011-2021 « wildlifecarersgroup  

To see Wildlife Carers Group full 5-day report, of the training with the work experience student, Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, results: contaminated, etc Please click on this link https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l .

To see Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l

‘KANGAROOS AND DISEASES’, https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/kangaroos-and-diseases-notes-for-5-day-wes-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l

This species maintains a healthy, well balanced eco system.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey

Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html  .

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/
don fletcher from tams says thatkangaroos are not the main problem and in fact‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx 
that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg
‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related 
SEE the so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, intake of pesticide spraying to control locusts, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir

http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view,

Possum Abattoir – Lenah Game Meats, Tasmania — EngageMedia

These animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to wta@environment.gov.au 
wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
and click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html
Submissions are now closed. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

To see the full report on Wildlife Carers Group possum rescue, possum boxes and investigating dog neglect, please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/wildlife-carers-group-possum-rescue-and-investigating-dog-crueltyneglect-reported-to-us-19212/

Dingoes

Following Wildlife Carers Group Investigation and Report on the Fraser Island Dingoes, on 29/8/11, on 5/9/11, the Liberal National Party (LNP) has committed to ensuring the long term survival of the Fraser Island Dingoes, click this link to read the LNP’s commitments: http://www.lnp.org.au/policies/queenslands-precious-wildlife-the-fraser-island-dingo .

Please click this link to view Wildlife Carers Group follow up on Fraser Island Dingoes Driven to Extinction Report: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/fraser-island-dingoes-driven-to-extinction/?sn=l , https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/wildlife-carers-group-investigation-and-report-on-the-fraser-island-dingoes-qld-liberal-national-party-takes-action-to-protect-fraser-island-dingoes/?sn=l

Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be
,
who are starving them to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them, will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. Changing the Qld government legislation and constitution, to humanely conserve this species, and their habitat. Erecting GIVE WAY to DINGOES/WILDLIFE Signs. We can see their marine life up and down the Qld coast, however, the only unique sighting that Fraser Island can boast about, and can offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 90 odd Dingoes, population estimation as of 28-29 August 2011, (since the mismanaged Fraser Island fire by the Qld government, this Dingo population has more than likely dropped dramatically), that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, Fraser Island will have nothing left to offer to the huge tourist trade it currently holds, which will end Fraser Island tourism. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

To read Wildlife Carers Group report on WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP VISIT TO TASMANIA in the Tasmanian Times, please click on this link, http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania/

Wildlife Carers Group report on our visit to Tasmania can be seen on this link:
https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/wildlife-carers-group-visit-to-tasmania-wildlife-being-driven-to-extinction-wildlife-care-2112/

To read Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty and removing the fish hook, and in the Tasmanian Times please click on this link:

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2012/01/29/wildlife-carers-group-seeking-any-information-on-animal-cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise-rescued-on-australia-day-26112-after-the-fireworks-tasmanian-visit-published-in-tt-link-fraser-island-ding/ 

Wildlife Carers Group report on Tortoise cruelty was published in the Tasmanian Times, to read it please click on this link: http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/pr-article/cruelty-to-a-long-necked-tortoise/

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.


Arnoux's Beaked Whale

FRASER ISLAND DINGOES DRIVEN TO EXTINCTION

FRASER ISLAND DINGOES DRIVEN TO EXTINCTION

UPDATE-Since this Wildlife Carers Group report, there was a massive bush fire on Fraser Island, that was started by the Qld Government.

The fire was out of control, devastating the Dingo population on Fraser Island, which will dramatically drop the original population of 90 Dingoes at the end of August 2011.

On 27-28 August 2011, we travelled to Fraser Island to see the last of the pure strain Dingoes, that Fraser Island is so famous for.

We saw no Dingoes, just footprints in the sand on the beach, and on the sandy track the 4WD drove down on, showing footprints from only 1 Dingo.

Photos by NORA PRESTON.


Dingo footprint in the sandy track we drove down on left by only 1 Dingo.


Dingo footprints along the sand on the Beach left by only 1 Dingo


Dingo footprints on the sandy beach by the Pinnacles coloured sands area.

At the rate that the Fraser Island rangers are killing our native dingoes, with only 60-80, (although with footprints only seen from 1 Dingo, this last recorded population is arguable,) suffering dingoes left alive on the Island, through the arrogance, mistreatment and mismanagement of the dingoes by the rangers, the dingoes, footprints in the sand will be the only memory and evidence of the native dingoes existence left, that once lived on the Island, but only if they encase the footprints, along with stuffed dingo toys and photos. I have my photos.

The Footprints were all heading in the same direction.

Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island, click on the youtube link to hear ABC radio interview, and pictures of dingoes with invasive large collars, 2 boxes, with 2 antennas, that are not fit for any animal use: click or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be, terminating rangers from their jobs, who are paid with taxpayers money, who are starving the Dingoes to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. Changing the Qld government legislation and constitution, to humanely conserve this species, and their habitat. Erecting GIVE WAY to DINGOES/WILDLIFE Signs, throughout the entire Island. We can see their marine life up and down the Qld coast, however, the only unique sighting that Fraser Island can boast about, and offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 60-80 Dingoes that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, by the rangers and the Qld government, Fraser Island will have nothing left to offer to the huge tourist trade that it currently holds. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

Dingoes used to live as semi tame, semi wild animals amongst the indigenous population, who did indeed throw them food to keep them happy, so therefore, had no problems with any of the Dingoes.

Along came the Qld government and the rangers with 5 minutes of training, no expertise or knowledge, and especially with no understanding or caring of the species, who are inhumanely eradicating the species from Fraser Island, inhumanely interfering with the species natural co existence.

The Qld government and the rangers are responsible for turning this species into an aggressive animal by hitting them with sling shots, poisoning them to teach them a lesson so that they won’t take food from people, once the dingoes are dead from being deliberately poisoned by these incompetent rangers, they are dead, they most certainly won’t be eating any more food foolstop, and the further abuse and mistreatment, mismanagement of the Fraser Island Dingoes by the rangers and Qld government, as pointed out below:

The Dingoes food source has been removed by the rangers, rangers interfering with the Dingoes natural co existence, food source, which needs human interference to replace the Dingoes food source.

The Dingoes are being trapped using an inhumane so called  SOFT jaw leg traps, that while the rangers claim they won’t hurt the Dingoes, refuse to test the traps by placing their own arms into the traps to test whether or not they will injure the Dingoes, rangers interfering with the Dingoes natural co existence.  All traps must be removed and banned from use.

The Dingoes have been shot with tranquiliser guns, and ear tagged, interference with the Dingoes natural co-existence by the rangers, with the ear tags causing ear infections, and interfering with the Dingoes natural ability for hunting. Ear tags must be removed.

In 2011, we saw the return of the horrific, invasive and inhumane large collar, with the Dingoes being shot with tranquilliser guns, click or copy and paste this youtube link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be, to see the invasive large collar, with 2 boxes and antennas attached, rangers again interfering with the Dingoes natural co existence, that gets stuck in bushes, that effects their ability to hunt. Dingoes cannot call out for help when distressed by these hideous tracking collars, for any ranger to be able to quickly remove the collars, to prevent a prolonged suffering death.

Dingoes are unnecessarily shot by trigger happy rangers, driving the last of the pure strain Dingoes to extinction.

The shooting must be stopped.

Dingoes interact by biting during their play.

If you corner a Dingo, harass it, chase it, you can expect the Dingo to turn and attack in its own defence.

None of these are good enough reasons to shoot or poison Dingoes.

Tourists and rangers are speeding along the beach in their 4WD’s, totally out of control, deliberately aiming for the Dingoes and running them down. The hideous collars are effecting the dingoes agility, interfering with the Dingoes natural co-existence.

The tracking collars must be immediately removed:

A dingo has died after being struck by a 4WD on Fraser Island’s Eastern Beach. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Great Sandy Marine Regional manager Ross Belcher said the dingo “veered into” the tourist’s vehicle as it travelled along Eastern Beach near Dilli Village on Wednesday. “There were two dingoes on the beach – one veered away from the vehicle and one veered into the vehicle and was struck in the head and killed instantly,” he said. Mr Belcher said the dingo was about four years old and was one of 18 collared dingoes. The collars send GPS signals every two hours. “Tracking information confirms that it spent most of its time on Eastern Beach between Dilli Village and Cathedral Beach, which indicates it was likely to be a habitual animal. “Statistically, the more time a dingo spends in high traffic areas, the greater risk of being hit by a vehicle.” Mr Belcher says the dingo was in excellent condition, weighing 22 kilograms. The average weight of an adult dingo is 15kg. “It was collared in May when its weight was recorded as 19.5kg, which means it had put on a healthy 1.5kg since it had the collar attached.” There was no indication that the dingo, the second to have been hit and killed by a car in the past two years, was pregnant. According to dingo conservationists, only 60 to 80 dingoes remain on Fraser Island. They are the last pure strain of dingo left and qualify as an endangered species. The GPS collar project was aimed at gathering information about the movement of dingoes. QPWS hopes it will give them a better understanding of the prey species that are on the island. Ref:FC Chronicle

The dingo killed was pregnant, the weight increase was due to the pups she was carrying inside her.

2 Dingoes were hit by vehicles in the same week, in August 2011, and killed.

Documents released to SFID (Save Fraser Island Dingoes) under Right to Information laws show 14% of male dingoes being autopsied by DERM (Dept of Environment and Resource Management), had been killed by a vehicle strike.

SFID wants derm to increase vehicle strikes offences to be a more serious offence. Ref: FC Chronicle.

It goes without saying that if drivers are deliberately running down native wildlife, that these drivers need to be prosecuted.

To prevent our Dingoes from just being a memory of only stuffed toys, encased footprints in the sand, and photos left of them:


Dingo pup stuffed toy bought at Eurong Beach Resort shops

Dingoes most certainly need to be placed onto the endangered list, and listed as an endangered species, providing the species with full protection, including full protection from the rangers and the qld government.

With the rangers shooting the dingoes, interfering with the Dingoes natural co existence: removing their food source, collaring, ear tagging, etc, that are causing suffering and death to the Dingoes, and tourists running the Dingoes down in their vehicles, or their hired vehicles, there is no hope for survival for the Fraser Island Dingoes, unless the Prime Minister and the Qld Government make immediate changes to Fraser Island legislation, constitution, tourists, ban all tourists from bringing their vehicles onto the Island, Tours only run by accredited, responsible tour guides, who must drive carefully, drop the speed limit from 30 to 10-20km/hr around the Island and beaches.

To conserve the beaches, driving along the beaches needs to be banned. There is life in the sand that is also being driven to extinction with the pressure and destruction caused by the constant beach drives.


Peter Meyer (right) self taught Fraser Island Photographer, and Fraser Island ranger, when we stopped at the coloured sands-The Pinnacles, and had morning tea.

We kept passing this famous self taught Fraser Island photographer, and ranger, Peter Meyer, and his group of photographers.

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2009/2010.


WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2011.

There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.


Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work experience students.

NORA PRESTON ( began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80’s .)

President/Founder
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
PO Box 3509
WESTON CREEK ACT 2611
Mob: 0406 056 099
Email:
wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au

Website: http://wcg.awardspace.com

https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/?sn=l

http://www.myspace.com/wcginc Check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and become a friend.

We are also onFacebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info with photos included on the site, and become a friend.

You can now follow us and join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/,http://canberra.climatexchange.org.au/wildlife-carers-group

29 August 2011

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au
or mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other alternatives. Thank you for all your support .

Aims and Objectives: To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form from http://wcg.awardspace.com  and join up. Thank you for all your support.

KANGAROOS

To see Wildlife Carers Group full 5-day report, of the training with the work experience student, Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo Meat Testing, results: contaminated, etc Please click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/09/04/wildlife-carers-group-kangaroo-meat-testing-%e2%80%93-5-day-work-experience-student-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l;
For the full report click on this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l.
This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10: http://www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/ don fletcher from tams says that kangaroos are not the main problem and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that “the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan, and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos, but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, that was in the Canberra times on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION’/’KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species. Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, intake of pesticide spraying to control locusts, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir


http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view,

Possum Abattoir – Lenah Game Meats, Tasmania —EngageMedia

These animals are still alive and awake, when going through the abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir, (possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10, to: wta@environment.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.auand click on link: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html Submissions are now closed. Shutting down this industry will help end acts of animal cruelty, and prevent this species from being driven to extinction. This species maintains a healthy, well balanced eco system.

Dingoes

Terminating the rangers from their jobs, who are responsible for the inhumane treatment of dingoes on Fraser Island, click or copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSSaknF6Wnw&feature=youtu.be, who are starving them to death, mismanaging them, mistreating them will prevent driving these spectacular native wildlife species to extinction, and help end acts of animal cruelty. Changing the Qld government legislation and constitution, to humanely conserve this species, and their habitat. Erecting GIVE WAY to DINGOES/WILDLIFE Signs. We can see their marine life up and down the Qld coast, however, the only unique sighting that Fraser Island can boast about, and offer to the tourists, is the pure breed native Dingoes, once the last 60-80 Dingoes that are left on the Island are driven to extinction, through arrogance, mismanagement and mistreatment, by the rangers and the Qld government, Fraser Island will have nothing left to offer to the huge tourist trade it currently holds, which will end Fraser Island tourism. This species maintains a healthy well balanced eco system.

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

SNAKES INFORMATION, IDENTIFICATION, TIPS, FIRST AID notes for WES 4-8 July 2011

SNAKES INFORMATION, IDENTIFICATION, TIPS, FIRST AID

Apparently 10 snakes have been identified to inhabit the ACT.

Snakes of the Southern Tablelands and Canberra Region:

Copperhead-Austrelaps superbus, to view picture click on this link  http://museumvictoria.com.au/forest/images/mr006727_md.jpg,  found in Tasmania, Victoria, and western plains of NSW, venom has neurotoxic, coagulopthic and myotoxic actions, however, despite its large venom output, bites are rarely fatal, tiger snake anti venom is used; Small-eyed – Elapidae Cryptophis nigrescens
Eastern Small-Eyed Snake, found on the north coast and tablelands that has been confused for the Red-bellied Black, Small-eyed has a shiny head and body with a pink belly, not a RED belly, venomous; Red-bellied Black snake –Pseudechis porphyriacus, http://ih2.redbubble.net/image.3595621.2680/flat,550×550,075,f.jpg found in all eastern non-arid areas, while their venom has neurotoxic, coagulopthic and myotoxic actions, it is not as potent as most, and no deaths have yet been reported. May use Black or Tiger antivenom; Carpet or Diamond Python – Boidae Morelia spilota spilota, non venomous Carpet Python; White-lipped – Drysdalia coronoides, White-Lipped Snake venom not considered dangerous; Common or Eastern Brown Snake – Pseudonaja textilis, to view the picture please click on this link  http://www.fauna.com.au/web_pages/animals/reptiles/eastern_brown_snake.jpg, while the venom is extremely potent, the quantity of venom injected is usually small, however, this snake causes more snake bite deaths in Australia than any other. Gwardir also known as Western Brown Snake (Gwardir) – Pseudonaja nuchalis, to view pictures click on this link http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Western+Brown+snake+images&oq=Western+Brown+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…494800.498159.14.500476.13.13.0.0.0.0.294.1577.7j2j4.13.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.pA2Z2Wo3gfk&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828 ,and Dugite-Pseudonaja affinis is a Spotted Brown snake found in WA,  to view pictures please click on this link http://www.avru.org/general/general_dugite.html.  Brown snakes, found all over Australia, not Tasmania, venom causes severe coagulation disturbances, neurotoxicity, and occasionally nephrotoxicity (by a direct action of the venom), but not rhabdomyolysis; Death Adder-Acanthopis antarcticus, to view pictures click on this link http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Death+adder+snake+images&oq=Death+adder+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…10379.12139.0.17479.11.8.0.0.0.0.684.1970.5-3.3.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.easiCc97epU&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828  
found almost all over Australia, not Tasmania, has a strongly neurotoxic venom, coagulation defects are usually minor and rhabdomyolysis is almost never seen. It has characteristic appearance and may be striped; Bandy bandy – Vermicella annulata, Bandy-Bandy Snake venomous but not regarded as dangerous(black white banded), habitat is sub-terranian (under ground), and is found Northern and Eastern Australia, Central Australian Deserts; Blind snakes – Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops australis, Ramphotyphlops bituberculatus, Ramphotyphlops nigrescens, Ramphotyphlops proximus, that are worm like, non venomous, 45 species in Australia, to view pictures of Blind snakes click here http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Blind+snake+images&oq=Blind+snake+images&gs_l=img.12..0i24.323999.324862.2.331675.5.5.0.0.0.0.704.3108.5-4j1.5.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.9hJCBufgXDY&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828live in south-eastern Australia and are found wherever ants are, which is their main food source; Dwyer’s black-headed – Rhinoplocephalus dwyeri, to view pictures click here http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Dwyer%27s+Black+headed+snake+images&oq=Dwyer%27s+Black+headed+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…258338.283371.4.284911.22.22.0.0.0.2.1025.5050.6j4j10j0j1j7-1.22.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.ZEPMDJ3XF7I&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828not considered to be dangerous to humans; Mustard-bellied – Drysdalia rhodogaster,  http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Mustard+bellied+snake+images&oq=Mustard+bellied+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…590200.593086.10.594794.15.15.0.0.0.2.226.1980.7j4j4.15.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.HEqdA75dNaE&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828 , other names: Blue Mountains crowned snake; Little Whip Snake – Suta flagellum, (threatened species) http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Little+Whip+snake+images&oq=Little+Whip+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…1518268.1519979.12.1522232.11.8.0.0.0.0.917.6211.5-1j7.8.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.nAFJxcW6pE4&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828   found through northeast and southeast NSW, with the uncertainty of the toxicity of its venom in humans, and whether or not it actually caused 1 death at Mt Alexander, Victoria on 15 April 2007; and Eastern Tiger Snake – Notechis scutatis, to view photos click here http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Eastern+tiger+snake+images&oq=Eastern+tiger+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…109871.113983.6.115988.13.13.0.0.0.0.317.2076.5j3j4j1.13.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.igAB_6xIRGY&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828; Black Tiger Snake – Notechis ater,  to view pictures click here http://www.google.com.au/search?q=western+brown+black+snake+images&hl=en&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=BqolUYSSJ7HyigK8t4CYDg&sqi=2&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1055&bih=828#hl=en&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=Black+tiger+snake+images&oq=Black+tiger+snake+images&gs_l=img.12…136183.136879.8.139331.5.5.0.0.0.0.690.3098.5-5.5.0…0.0…1c.1.4.img.W6SA8Urwups&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&bvm=bv.42661473,d.cGE&fp=91dda0c50292ae36&biw=1055&bih=828.  The characteristic stripes of the Tiger snake are not seen all year round, and there is a totally black variant found around the Flinders Ranges area of South Australia. As well as neurotoxicity and coagulopathy, rhabdomyolysis (due to Notexin in the venom) is very likely if treatment is delayed. Untreated mortality is about 45%. Tiger snake is found in the temperate southern areas of Australia.

All snakes are Venomous in the ACT, except for the Blind Snake, that is worm like.

The most toxic venom in snakes in the ACT and southern tablelands, rates as Eastern Brown Snake, Tiger Snake, common Death Adder, Copperhead, Redbellied Black Snake, Eastern Small-eyed Snake, that were tested on mice only.

The Inland Taipan has the most toxic venom of any snake tested on mice, on the list of the top 25 most toxic snakes, with Eastern Brown Snake coming 2nd, the Coastal Taipan coming 3rd on the list, followed by the Eastern mainland Tiger snake coming 4th.

The common Death Adder came 10th, Copperhead 12th, Redbellied Black 22nd, Eastern Small-eyed 23rd.

Eastern Brown Snakes are most frequently seen in our gardens, occasionally we see the
Red-bellied Black Snake, Tiger, and Dwyer’s black-headed Snakes.

Eastern Brown Snakes colour can vary from brown to grey, can appear blackish, dark
brown or orange. Young snakes may be entirely brown or may have a black patch
on their head, and a black band on their neck. Black bands across the body may be present.

To avoid snakes from entering your garden, don’t leave piles of bagged leaves and any
other sort of rubbish lying around.

Snakes are as scared of you as you are of them, and will warn you to stay away from
them and not to approach them, by rearing the front part of their body up at you.

While snakes can give you a dry bite, (no venom injected into you), Don’t ignore
their warning to avoid from being bitten.

Snakes will usually pass through your garden, so if you see one, take all your pets,
children and yourselves inside, lock the doors and windows.

Wait for an hour or so before you check again.

To avoid being bitten in all circumstances, allow the snake to pass through, stand still
if bushwalking or just walking through paddocks, etc, do not try to kill or handle snakes, be alert when bush walking, cover up with trousers and enclosed shoes when gardening as well in overgrown areas, avoid walking through long grass and putting your hands into hollow logs or rock crevices, and keep your
pets away from all reptiles, and other wildlife.

Snakes, and all other native wildlife are protected, therefore it is illegal to kill them.

Signs and Symptoms of Snake Bites – the bite site is usually painless. You may have a classical paired fang mark, but this is not the most common picture. Often there are just a few lacerations or scratches, and sometimes these may be painless or go unnoticed.
Bruising, bleeding, and local swelling may be present, but significant local tissue destruction is uncommon in Australia.

Regional lymphadenopathy may be marked, even with non-venomous snake bites, and is not by itself an indication for the administation of antivenom. It may contribute to abdominal pain in children.

The usual sequence of systemic symptom development –

  • (<1hr) Headache (an
    important symptom), irritability, photophobia, nausea, vomiting,
    diarrhoea, confusion; coagulation abnormalities; occasionally sudden
    hypotension with loss of consciousness.
  • (1-3 hrs) Cranial nerve
    paralysis (ptosis, diplopia, dysphagia etc), abdominal pain,
    haemoglobinuria, hypertension, tachycardia, haemmorrhage.
  • (>3hrs) Limb and
    respiratory muscle paralysis leading to respiratory failure, peripheral
    circulatory failure with pallor and cyanosis, myoglobinuria, eventually
    death.

This sequence of events is highly variable. Brown snake bites, even apparently
trivial ones, have been associated with acute deterioration over a five minute
period leading to death.

This may occur as soon as 30 minutes to an hour after the original bite. Acute, severe
cardiac depression may be the mechanism for sudden death.

Paralysis, when it occurs, usually commences with cranial nerves, then skeletal muscle,
then the muscles of respiration. In small children or with highly venomous
snake bites it may happen much more quickly.

Major bleeding disturbances are, as mentioned before, rare with Australian snakes,
although the development of coagulopathies and a DIC-like picture are
relatively common.

Thromboctopaenia and haemolysis may occur. Watch for haematuria, haemoptysis, haematemesis, low bowel haemmorrhage, menorrhagia or haemoglobinuria, and remember that about 20% of patients who die after snake bite have cerebral haemmorrhages.

Muscle destruction from myolytic toxins is not uncommon and may not be associated with muscle tenderness; it may lead to renal failure and should be specifically
looked for, because early treatment with antivenom will reduce its severity.

Snake bite should always be considered in any case of unexpected confusion or loss of
consciousness following outdoor activities in snake country. In Australia,
snake venoms alone cause coagulopathy, so if present you can rule out other
forms of envenomation.

Prognosis depends on the type of snake and the quantity of venom injected. An angry snake and multiple bites is associated with greater venom volumes.

Snake Bites and Domestic Pets:

Ian Westbrook describes, in this moving story, how an apparently trivial bite
from a tiger snake caused the death of one of his dogs. In contrast, Donna
describes her experience with a Death Adder bite.

Murdoch University provides a ‘pets in summer – snakebite warning‘ page with a number of pet safety and snake information sheets.

First Aid for Snake Bites:

Do NOT wash the area of the bite!

It is extremely important to retain traces of venom for use with venom identification
kits!

Stop lymphatic spread – bandage firmly, splint and immobilise!

The “pressure-immobilisation” technique is currently recommended by the
Australian Resuscitation Council, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

The lymphatic system is responsible for systemic spread of most venoms.
This can be reduced by the application of a firm bandage (as firm as you would
put on a sprained ankle) over a folded pad placed over the bitten area. While
firm, it should not be so tight that it stops blood flow to the limb or to
congests the veins. Start bandaging directly over the bitten area, ensuing that
the pressure over the bite is firm and even. If you have enough bandage you can
extend towards more central parts of the body, to delay spread of any venom
that has already started to move centrally. A pressure dressing should be
applied even if the bite is on the victims trunk or torso.

Immobility is best attained by application of a splint or sling, using a bandage or
whatever to hand to absolutely minimise all limb movement, reassurance and
immobilisation (eg, putting the patient on a stretcher). Where possible, bring
transportation to the patient (rather then vice versa). Don’t allow the victim
to walk or move a limb. Walking should be prevented.

The pressure-immobilisation approach is simple, safe and will not cause iatrogenic
tissue damage (ie, from incision, injection, freezing or arterial torniquets – all of which are ineffective).

See the AVRU site for more details of bandaging techniques.

Bites to the head, neck, and back are a special problem – firm pressure should be
applied locally if possible.

Removal of the bandage will be associated with rapid systemic spread. Hence ALWAYS wait until the patient is in a fully-equipped medical treatment area before bandage
removal is attempted.

Do NOT cut or excise the area or apply an arterial torniquet! Both these measures are
ineffective and may make the situation worse.

Joris Wijnker’s Snakebite Productions has more information on envenomation and he can supply a suitable first aid kit and booklet.

Brief Description for First Aid Treatment – if either you or someone is bitten by a snake, don’t wash the wound, so that the excess venom on you can help the medical
staff identify the snake that bit you, for the use of the anti venom that will be needed to treat you.

Venom travels through the lymph system, which is close to the surface, so apply a
firm pressure bandage over the bitten area and around the affected limb, using a conforming bandage, or other suitable material you may have on you at the time, eg, pantyhose.

Bandage from the bite to the fingers or toes, then up to the armpit or groin.

Apply a splint to immobilise the limb.

Don’t give alcohol, food or drugs,as these will stimulate fluid movement.

Keep still by lying down and call an ambulance to be taken to hospital.

If someone else has been bitten, get them to lay down and keep them still,
reassure them that everything is ok, and keep speaking to them.

Medical Management of Snake Bites

Only 1 in 20 snake bites require active emergency treatment or the administration of
antivenom. Medical management depends on the degree of systemic envenomation
and the type of venom.

See also the AVRU site for more info on clincial assessment and management.

Critically ill patients

  • Maintain immobilisation,
    splint and bandage until the situation is under control!
  • Support airway, breathing
    and circulation.
  • Intubate and ventilate with
    100% Oxygen if airway or respiration fail.
  • Give antivenom immediately (See
    below for details)
    . Intravenous adrenaline should be given only
    for lifethreatening hypotension or anaphylaxis – its use has been
    associated with cerebral haemorrhage.
  • Volume expansion may be
    necessary.
  • Severe coagulation
    disturbances, electrolyte abnormalities, and muscle damage leading to
    acute renal failure are likely.
  • Repeat antivenom as
    clinically indicated.
  • General management as for
    less seriously ill patients as well (see below).

Less seriously ill patients – no signs of systemic spread

  • Admit to ICU for
    non-invasive monitoring, strict bedrest and full head injury observations
    (wake hourly).
  • Leave bandages in place.
  • Obtain appropriate
    antivenoms and venom detection kit.
  • Obtain intravenous access.
  • Take blood for group and
    X-match, coagulation screen (including fibrinogen levels, and tests for
    DIC), full blood count, electrolytes and calcium, creatinine kinase and
    arterial blood gases. Perform ECG. Repeat at appropriate intervals.
  • Collect urine for microscopy
    to detect haematuria and for free protein, haemoglobin and myoglobin
    measurement. Record urine output. Freeze the first sample for venom
    detection.
  • Draw up adrenaline,
    antihistamine, and steroids in case of anaphylaxis to antivenom.
  • When ready, cut a hole over
    the wound site, inspect and take swabs for use with the venom detection kit.
  • Once the results of the
    venom detection kit are known, slowly and progressively remove the
    bandages. Don’t rush!

If systemic symptoms ensue:

  • Re-apply bandages and give
    antivenom as clinically indicated.
  • Ensure the patient is well
    hydrated (to reduce the risk of acute renal failure due to
    rhabdomyolysis).
  • Repeat blood tests, ECG, etc
    at clinically relevant intervals.
  • Correct abnormal
    coagulation; look out for disseminated intravascular coagulation (heparin
    probably contra-indicated in DIC from snake bite).
  • Analgesia and sedation – be
    cautious.
  • Correct hypotension, if
    present, with volume expansion and vasopressors (exclude occult bleeding).
  • Watch for development of
    renal failure – monitor urine output and composition.
  • Tetanus prohylaxis is
    recommended.

Usually, if there are no signs of envenomation four hours after removal of the bandages,
and if repeat blood tests taken at that time are normal, then it is probable that significant envenomation has not occurred. If laboratory tests are not available, 12 to 24 hours is a reasonable period of observation.

Recovery is usually complete, though the patient usually develops a sensitivity to
equine immunoglobulin.

If the patient develops serum sickness (see below), the severity is reduced by steroid
administration (eg. prednisolone 1mg/kg every 8 hours) until resolution occurs.
A course of steroids is recommended in all patients who receive polyvalent
antivenoms.

Antivenoms and Pre-Treatment:

Antivenom should be given to all patients who exhibit signs of systemic spread.

If possible choose the appropriate antivenom. Snake identification is unreliable
(unless the person works with snakes or was bitten in a zoo and they know what
bit them!). Venom detection kits (instructions) may be helpful; if in doubt use
tiger snake antivenom in Tasmania, tiger and brown snake antivenom in Victoria,
and polyvalent antivenom in all other states and New Guinea or see the AVRU guidelines. One ampoule (50ml of 17% protein) should neutralise the average venom yield from milking a snake of that species, and is usually enough for all but the most severe envenomations.
Severe bites may require much more and a recent in vitro study (Sprivulis,
Jelinek and Marshall. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 1996; 24: 379-381)
suggests that much more is also required to neutralize the procoagulant effects
of Brown and Tiger snakes (up to 20 times the recommended dose!). If the
situation allows, antivenoms should be given slowly (over half an hour, diluted
in an IV fluid). A test dose may be advisable, particularly following prior
exposure to equine protein.

The
AVRU site provides detailed antivenom dosage
information
and
info on dosage, administration, premedication, serum sickness, and suggested
quantities to be held by hospitals
.Antivenoms
are prepared from horse serum. The risk of anaphylaxis is very low (less than
1% even for polyvalent antivenoms), but is increased in people who have had
prior exposure to horses, equine tetanus vaccines, and a general allergic
history. This increased risk is much more common in people aged 50 years or
more. About 4% of all administrations are associated with minor reactions.Pre-treatment
with a non-sedating anti-histamine (ie, promethazine 0.25 mg/kg),
subcutaneous adrenaline (0.25mg for adults, 0.01mg/kg for children), and iv
steroids (hydrocortisone 2mg/kg) is still recommended, athough severe
reactions are rare. In general the risk from the snake toxins is much greater
than the risk of administering the antivenom.Each
State in Australia has a specifically formulated polyvalent antivenom to suit
local snake species, however it is preferable to use a snake-specific
antivenom whenever possible to reduce the chance of reactions. Details of
which antivenom to use varies from state to state, and are found with the
packs and test kits.If an
antivenom is administered, ALWAYS advise the patient of the possibility of
delayed serum sickness (up to 14 days later). This is characterised by fever,
rash, generalised lymphadenopathy, aching joints and renal impairment. The
likelihood of developing this depends on the volume of antivenom required. It
occurs in about 10% of patients who are given polyvalent antivenoms.
Treatment with steroids is usually all that is needed.Supplies
of antivenoms may be obtained from Commonwealth Serum Laboratories,
Australia. Struan Sutherland has suggested that metropolitan and regional
hospitals should keep 4 ampoules of polyvalent antivenom and 4 ampoules for
each type of snake that is found in the area. He also suggested that smaller
centers should stock enough antivenom, as approprite for the local snake
population, to manage one bite, unless the incidence of snakebite is
unusually high or low in that area. In southern Victoria a combination of
tiger (3000 units) and brown snake (1000 units) antivenoms can be used where
the identity of the snake is unknown, and in Tasmania tiger snake antivenom
alone (6000 units) is suitable.Shelf
life is 3 years when stored in a refrigerator. Antivenoms should not be
frozen. (Refs: Herpetological Association and related links, Alice Springs
Desert Park, Steve’s guide to snakes of the North Coast and Tablelands NSW,
Reptiles Down Under, Australian Venom Research Unit, Bioinformatiacs Museum
Victoria)

WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR
ALL YOUR SUPPORT IN 2009/2010.

WISHING YOU A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY YEAR FOR 2011.

There can be no discrimination against our native wildlife, all native
wildlife are precious to our Eco system, in assisting to maintain a healthy
well balanced Eco system, and will be protected, and rehabilitated equally.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group with long term
expertise and knowledge in our native wildlife, that will act on, and
investigate animal cruelty/welfare/rights, and, as a community group, that also cares about our community, and the rights of our community groups.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife
group helping to keep our state and country out of deficit, with no government funding, run solely by volunteers, that is keeping you in a job.

Wildlife Carers Group, the only local wildlife group that trains work
experience students.

NORA PRESTON ( began rehabilitating wildlife in the early ’80’s .)
Founding President
WCG – WILDLIFE CARERS GROUP INC. – Founded in 2004.
PO Box 3509
WESTON CREEK ACT 2611

Mob: 0406 056 099

Email: wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.au
Website: http://wcg.awardspace.com

http://www.myspace.com/wcginc Check out http://www.myspace.com/wcginc and become a friend. We are also onFacebook, http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649024860&v=info with photos included on the site, and become a
friend. You can now follow us and join us on Twitter http://twitter.com/wildlifecarersg/,http://canberra.climatexchange.org.au/wildlife-carers-group

7 July 2011

Support WCG. WCG is an independent, non profit, non government community based charity providing animal/wildlife care, rescue/rehabilitation and is also an animal/wildlife welfare group, providing protection for our wildlife/animals, run solely by volunteers, with no government funding, saving taxpayers money. WCG relies on donations from the public in order to carry out its work. If you would like to make a donation to WCG, please send a cheque/money order made payable to Wildlife Carers Group Inc. To PO Box 3509 , Weston Creek. ACT. 2611. AUSTRALIA . Or contact us by
email wildlife_carers_group@yahoo.com.auor mobile: 0406 056 099 to discuss other
alternatives. Thank you for all your support .

Aims and Objectives:
To promote the general welfare and continued survival of native fauna and flora as an essential element of the environment, and specifically to undertake the specialised care necessary for the rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured native birds and other animals, to promote public awareness of the need to conserve existing wildlife species, and an understanding of their particular habitat and feeding requirements.

Support WCG. Become a WCG MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, WILDLIFE CARER, download the m/ship form fromhttp://wcg.awardspace.com and join up. Thank you for all your
support.

Click this link: https://wildlifecarersgroup.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/wildlife-carers-group-wcg-visit-to-callum-brae-nature-reserve-etc-full-5-day-work-experience-student-wes-placement-report-trained-by-wcg-founding-president-nora-preston-4-8-july-2011/?sn=l, for Wildlife Carers Group Kangaroo meat testing, process, results, etc.

You can help us make the necessary changes for our native protected
Eastern Grey Kangaroos, by signing this petition, and circulating this for us www.gopetition.com/petitions/saveallthe-kangaroos.html.

In this article, interviewed on 15/4/10, www.nowuc.com.au/2010/05/27/kangaroo-plan…/comment-page-1/ don fletcher from tams says that
kangaroos are not the main problem
and in fact ‘native grasses’ are not
threatened with extinction, but other animals and plants are, and that
“the biggest ‘contributor’ to the loss of the natural treeless grasslands
of our region has been agriculture (by far)”.

This statement is admitting to the flawed, dishonest kangaroo management plan,
and russell watkinson’s media release, on Friday 18/6/10, that blames the kangaroos for driving legless lizards, earless dragons, etc, and the deteriorating
grasslands and woodlands to extinction, by eating all the grasses, when
fletcher admits that the native grasses are not threatened by the kangaroos,
but by human activity, including toxic sprays.

Please check out this link http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, that was in the Canberra times
on 17/10/09, that completely refutes the allegations against the roos
destroying grasslands, that was sent to maxine cooper, that were also ignored.

The report is by Julie Lindner, who has also been studying the grasslands and the
roos for the past 20 years, which backs up what I’ve been saying all along.

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/local/news/general/roo-best-custodian-for-some-plants/1652005.aspx, with a more recent article in
the Chronicle in the ‘letters to the editor’ section, titled ‘culling
controversy’ p.23, 14/6/11.

Please click on this link www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUZrKj6ClBg ‘KANGAROO CHILLER BOX INVESTIGATION/KANGAROOS ON TRACK TO EXTINCTION’, that contains the cruel bashing to death of roos that are shot, but not directly killed, hung up while still alive, and left suffering, trembling as they hang, tortured to death, and joeys bashed to death, possibly attempting to decapitate the joeys head on the back of the truck with several blows.

Please click on this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbn3c8EcNRk&feature=related, so called controlled government butchering, you will note that the kangaroos are still alive when hung up, suffering, AND BEING TORTURED TO DEATH, the male is laughing at the cruelty he has just inflicted on this kangaroo, a joey stomped to death, even the child stomps on it as he walks past following his father, orphaned joeys hopping around, left to starve to death, a joey bashed till its eyes popped out, but is still alive, suffering, a prolonged death, and the male admitting that these are protected species.  Native protected animals called pests, the very same native animals that maintain a healthy well balanced eco system. The code of practice that the shooter refers to is inhumane, and unacceptable, as witnessed in this video footage. Kangaroos are not fit for human or dog consumption, heavily contaminated with various diseases/harmful bacterias, e.coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, streptococcus, toxoplasmosis, preserved illegally with sulphur dioxide that causes thiamine deficiency, (a white crystalline solid forming part of the vitamin B complex, C12H17CIN4OS; a vitamin (B1), required by the nervous system, absence of which causes beri-beri and other disorders), causing death, etc. Keep watching till it stops, keep an eye on the timer, next to the speaker symbol, length 10:59.

There are more links on youtube to show the facts on the extreme cruelty committed to our native protected macropods.

Possum abattoir

http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/HuonEnviroCentre/videos/possumdeath.wmv/view, these animals are still alive and awake, when going through the
abattoir’s chute processing system, dropped on top of one another, through a
swinging door, to go through to the next phase, with several possums piled on
top of one another, into the same boxes, when delivered to the abattoir,
(possums are extremely territorial,) females with joeys, butchered, and bashed
to death. Please Help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty and export. You
can help stop these extreme acts of animal cruelty to these possums by adding
the above link to the possum abattoir and lodging your submissions by 23/4/10,
to wta@environment.gov.au, wildlife.enq@dpipwe.tas.gov.auand
click on link http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/invitecomment/brushtail-possum.html
Submissions are now closed.

Disclaimer: WCG and the author do not assume or
accept any responsibility and shall not be liable for the accuracy or
appropriate application of the information contained in this letter/email.

Tag Cloud