Help for orphaned animals

Sadly, road trauma is a part of life for local wildlife � a side effect of Ellenbrook�s unabated growth meeting the surrounding habitat of abundant and endangered species.

To help volunteer carers deal with injured animals, a group of Ellenbrook locals have made around 200 polar-fleece pouches to donate to Native Animal Rescue in Malaga.

The pouches will provide orphaned native animals with warmth over winter.

Ellenbrook businessman Christian Smith bought the material and engaged helpers in the community and Ellenbrook Secondary College to sew the pouches together.

Mr Smith was shocked into action when he was left dealing with an injured joey on the side of the South-West Highway.

While some question the logic of rehabilitating abundant species like kangaroos, the crew at Native Animal Rescue values the training experience.

Long-term carer Deb Russell said the experience gained from treating and rehabilitating abundant species went a long way towards learning to care for rare species.

To donate warm material for pouches, call Century 21 Ellenbrook on 9296 7788.