Native animal fire plight unnoticed

Native Arc animal care co-ordinator Dean Huxley said that while most birds and reptiles were able to flee the flames, kangaroos and possums were often not as lucky.

Recent bushfires in Beeliar had proved this.

´┐ŻNative Arc spent many hours liaising with veterinarians who are experts in burn management, determining the viability of the large mammals that were affected,´┐Ż Mr Huxley said.

Mr Huxley said that by the time most sites were considered safe enough for wildlife rescue to be undertaken, most animals had died from their injuries, including burns, temporary or permanent respiratory problems, and blindness due to smoke inhalation.