Sydney is losing it's native wildlife due to cats, cars and Bob Carr. Sydney Wildlife are saving some of the injured wildlife.
Well, not due to Bob Carr any more. Bob was the Premier of New South Wales, the head honcho in charge of the state government running Sydney and the local environment. For ten years Bob let developers run riot ripping up the bush, chopping down the trees, all without allowing for corridors of native vegetation where wildlife can shelter. Luckily previous governments had locked up some of our area in national parks.
Cars kill possums. I saved a baby possum that was on her mother's back when a car crunched the mother. The car hit one end of the mother and missed the baby. I cared for the baby all night and in the morning delivered the baby to the Sydney Zoo veterinary centre. Some local veterinarians take care of wildlife. There are also Wires and Sydney Wildlife.
Sydney Wildlife can be contacted on 9413 4300 within Sydney and through their Web site at www.sydneywildlife.org.au.
Sydney Wildlife run training courses on how to rescue injured wildlife. In most cases you treat wildlife the way you treat a human at a car crash. You keep the person warm, you do not move them, and you call an expert.
When I rescued the possum from the road, I wrapped the possum in a towel so the possum would not scratch me. I then put the possum in a large cardboard box to keep the possum warm, keep out the light, and to reduce noise. The baby was on the mother's back so I added an extra towel on top to keep the baby warm. The mother's body heat kept the baby warm for a while. In the morning I removed the baby from the mother, wrapped the baby in some old wool cloth, and drove the baby to the vet.
If you are wearing old clothes, you can keep a baby possum warm inside your jacket. The alternative is a box lined with several layers of wool. Sydney Wildlife are there to answer your call 24 hours a day when you find injured wildlife within Sydney.
If you have a cat then keep the cat indoors at night so it does not fight with the possums. During the day you can put a bell on a cat so the noise will scare away the birds or you can overfeed the cat so the cat becomes to fat to catch a bird. Overfeeding takes a while to slow down a cat.