Mandurah Wildlife Hospital carers need help

Dot Terry Boss and her husband Reini often care for injured wildlife at their home because the wildlife hospital is full. Picture: Marie Nirme         www.communitypix.com.au   d444675
Dot Terry Boss and her husband Reini often care for injured wildlife at their home because the wildlife hospital is full. Picture: Marie Nirme        www.communitypix.com.au d444675

MANDURAH Wildlife Hospital has expanded but is already full of animals needing care and rehabilitation.

Senior manager Dot Terry Boss said the hospital was often inundated with injured animals and there was a significant need for further expansions.

“We often struggle to keep up with demand,” she said.

Mrs Terry Boss and husband Reini even care for animals at their Greenfields home.

“Our next project is to build a new reptile centre in the new year,” she said.

“There has been a constant flow of bobtails with a flu that’s been going through the species.

“We need unwanted fish tanks for housing sick and injured reptiles such as bobtails, turtles and lizards.

“We also always need volunteers to care for the animals.”

The hospital specialises in young birds, possums and joeys.

“Ringtail possums are an endangered species that need special care and special feeding, so need experienced people to care for them,” Mrs Terry Boss said.

Mrs Terry Boss urged residents to be careful not to discard rubbish.

“We had a case recently where a female roo and joey were caught up in a hanging basket and it took two weeks to catch her, by which time she had lost her joey,” Mrs Terry Boss said.

“She received a lot of damage to her legs, which fortunately we were able to treat and release her again.”

Mrs Terry Boss urged people who found injured wildlife to call licensed parks and wildlife rehabilitators. Residents can call Mandurah Wildlife Hospital 24 hours a day on 9582 3938.