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Just a quick post to say that, yes, I am still around! There isn’t anything to report on Fauna Rescue side of things as it tends to be pretty quiet this time of year. At least where I am it is anyway…

All Lorikeets are going well. I’ve been seeing a few wild ones around too; in fact, there is one pair of Rainbow Lorikeets that come back almost every day to sit in the small pencil pine tree outside my window. I love to watch them as they chew on the nuts and branches and whistle to each other. They are colourful birds (hence the ‘rainbow’ in their name), but they also blend very well with anything green. Their backs are almost solid green, meaning their camouflage is so good it’s almost impossible to see them while they are foraging for food in trees and bushes. ūüôā

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We have¬†three Lorikeets here now. Unfortunately, two of the Musks that were here died a few weeks back; both from different circumstances. The first we had picked up from another wildlife carer, and had been attacked by a dog. We think it had died due to unknown internal injuries from that attack. The second Musk was the one I had rescued from the road. The two of them were very happy together you see, and when the first one died, this one started pining. He stopped eating as much. I tried hard to get him to start eating properly again, even got him checked up by a Vet…but he still died two weeks later ūüė¶ I’m still sad about it actually. Both were very nice, friendly birds. Before the second one died, we got in a third unreleasable Musk¬†to give him company. He was doing very well, but recently we took him back to the home where we first got him from. We did this because we no longer have Musks here; he is now in an aviary with other Musks and a few Rainbows.

In the meantime we got in a baby Rainbow Lorikeet. She was found by the public on the ground in a park, being attacked by Magpies. Apparently there were adults there, but none seemed to be her parents. None seemed to be trying to protect her, so beng taken out of that situation was the best thing for her. We had her checked by a Vet, who told us she shouldn’t have even been out of the nest yet. We decided to keep her on here. That was almost seven weeks ago. She has always been quite an active young bird, and very eager to fly. She can often be seen flapping her wings vigorously, and screeching in delight (it’s possible she was doing this on the edge of her nest, accidentally caught a good breeze and got blown out of¬† the tree). Now she can actually flutter a few metres, but hasn’t been gaining much height- yet. She has been getting louder too, and¬†I have often described her as being ‘like a kid on red cordial’.

About three and a half weeks ago we adopted a Lorikeet from the RSPCA,¬†though he doesn’t seem to be quite as tame as the RSPCA thought. Then again, he did spend about a month with them after he was found, and they don’t always have the quality time to spend with all the animals in their care. This Lorikeet frequently growls at people, but though he puts on a very good bluff he hasn’t bitten anyone yet.

Our most recent rescue was yet another Lorikeet on the road. This time it was my mum who spotted him. There he was sitting slap bang in the middle of a right-hand turning lane in the middle of an often-busy road. Like with the Musk I spotted back in February, this one, too, gave me a good telling-off when I grabbed him off the road; this one, too quietened down when I held him under my jacket. We also had difficulty getting this one to let go of my jacket when trying to put him into a box to let him recover a bit. At first we weren’t sure whether he was going to make it, he was in quite a bit of shock and slept a lot, only waking for a few minutes at a time to nibble on some bottle-brush. He didn’t seem to have a concussion, however, so that was good, and after a couple of days he brightened up a bit, became more active and ate quite a bit more (in fact he seemed to eat the same amount as our adopted Lorikeet, if not a bit more). He is now outside with the other two Lorikeets. As we now have three Rainbows in the large cocky cage, we thought it best the Musk went back to the carer we got him from, as he was already being chased by the adopted lorikeet and didn’t like the younger one one bit. All seem relatively happy now though.

Other¬†Rescues: It’s actually been pretty¬†quiet, so we haven’t had many call-outs. The only two other rescues so far was one Blue-tongue lizard that had to be put down because it was hit by a car, and a male Murray Magpie. Actually the magpie was a bit of a strange case. He had somehow got tar or a similar substance stuck all over his wings and tail (and therefore had twigs and leaves stuck in his feathers too). The vet couldn’t wash it out so, unfortunately, he had to be washed and¬†have his wings and tail clipped. In fact, he was probably one of the cleanest¬†wild birds I’ve seen in a while after that :). We got him to a new home where he will stay until his feathers grow back, and then will be creched with others and re-released back into the wild.

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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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