Archive for March, 2011

Yesterday, mum and I were out at the shops trying to spot an injured raven mum had seen earlier in the afternoon, but we couldn’t see it. We then received a call to come and collect a lizard that had been attacked by the resident cat.

The lizard was a baby blue-tongue, and looked as though it hadn’t been born all that long ago (it was approximately eight centimetres long). The lady told us that the cat had got hold of it; she managed to save the lizard and put him back in the garden. A couple of days later and the cat had caught the lizard again. It had been bleeding a bit so she called us. The lizard also had couple of puncture wounds where the cat had had hold of it; concerned for the lizard’s health (as there’s something in cats’ saliva that’s toxic to animals) we took it straight to the closest animal hospital- which was, unfortuantely, closed. Knowing that all other vet clinics were likely closed too at this time we called Minton Farm. We were able to get the lizard up there, where he is now being looked after, and has been given antibiotics. How he is at this moment, however, I don’t know as I haven’t yet checked up on him.

We ended up bringing a Lorikeet home with us the same day- some company for the one we’ve has here for a couple of weeks or so. The first one we found on the side of the road on our way somewhere; he has a small head wound that is healing now but is ok. However, he is also unreleasable (meaning he can’t be released into the wild). As lorikeets are sociable birds we’ve been ringing around, trying to see if anyone else had another unreleasable lorikeet that they wouldn’t mind passing on. So far without too much luck- until this one came along at Minton Farm. Of course, it was hoped that he/ she was releasable but it turns out he/she’s not flying properly- and is also behaving almost tame. Both lorikeets eat out of my hand, or the dish when I hold it for them.

Most unreleasable animals are found homes- though some stay with the carers that intially looked after them when they first came into care.


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