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Injuries & Orphans

What do I do if I find an injured or orphaned animal?
Knowing what to do can make all the difference. It is important to keep the injured animal in a warm, dark, quiet place away from pets. Most animals can be safely picked up by first throwing a large towel over them.

Young or injured Birds
Place in a cardboard box and keep in a warm, dark quiet place. Large birds may need to be handled with caution.

Young Mammals
Wallabies, kangaroos, possums, bandicoots & quolls. Place in a pillowcase or for young furless animals down your shirt to keep them warm. Offer cooled boiled water only.

Adult Mammals
Injured adult animals are scared and can cause injury to you so be very careful when handling. Keep them warm in a dark and quiet place.

Wildcare or a vaccinated ranger should be contacted for all bats. Cover young bats with a towel and place in a box. Do not touch adult bats, if they are caught on a fence cover with a light towel or cloth. If bitten consult your doctor immediately.

Lizards & Snakes
For all injured lizards or snakes call Snake Rescue.

Snake Call Out (Darwin to Noonamah) 1800 453 210
Chris Peberdy, Reptile Wrangler* (Darwin and rural areas) 0409 326 307
*denotes this is a voluntary non contracted service

For assistance with problem snakes and other large or dangerous animals phone Snake Rescue on 1800 453 210 or Wildcare snake rescue.

Be careful driving on roads, especially at night. Removing dead animals from the road prevents even more injuries. Take care when removing animals off the road!

See our Factsheet Caring for Wildlife On the Road.