Wildlife Rescue Kits
Posted on 27 June, 2018 by Frances
Connecting Country has put together some Wildlife Rescue Kits to keep in our vehicles, for use should we encounter an injured animal.
It was fun gathering up all the bits and pieces. Many we found at the op-shop or around the office, some we had to purchase.
The storage box with newspaper and a sturdy stick on the bottom doubles as a safe place to secure an injured bird.
Before attempting to rescue an injured animal, it’s essential to think about your own safety. We put in some safety equipment, including a fluoro vest, sturdy gloves, disposable gloves and hand sanitiser. There’s a water bottle and cotton cloth to clean up and wash hands with afterwards.
Some useful things we included:
- A list of numbers to call and things to consider before handling injured wildlife (for our list see wildlife-rescue-numbers-to-call)
- Flagging tape for tying to a tree to mark the location in case you can’t stay
- Soft rope or string
- Sharp kitchen scissors
- Pad and paper
- Torch and red cellophane
- Hot water bottle or heat pack
- Small inexpensive binoculars
We packed it all in a pillow case which fitted well inside an empty office paper box.
Many thanks to Margaret for putting together our kits. If you regularly drive on country roads, you might consider making your own kit. Please take all rescued wildlife to a vet or registered wildlife carer as quickly as possible.