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The Wild Times

Wildlife Carers Darling Downs Inc.

Animal Coordinator Register
Coordinator’s Name Contact Number Other numbers/notes
Birds General Lorraine McPhee 0412 183 569 0448 062 857

Raptors Angela Schmid
0407 178 171 The official newsletter of Wildlife Carers Darling Downs Inc.
leave message PO Box 567 Toowoomba QLD 4350
Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207
Macropods
Marcia Russell 4698 2096 0408 982 096 Summer 2007 - 2008
Lyn Taylor 4697 9580 0428 757 058
Possums
Marcia Russell 4698 2096 0408 982 096
Gliders & Marsupial Mice Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207
Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207
Koalas, Echidnas, Wombats
Clare Gover 4696 9860 0427 969 860
Insectivorous Bats
Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207 My Roo is
(microbats)
46983 837 (w) turning white!
Flying Foxes
Marcia Russell 4698 2096 (h)
0408 982 096 page 9
Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207
4635 1670
Reptiles Dale Howard
leave message
An
If the coordinators listed for each species are not contactable, a coordinator for a ‘like’ important
species may be able to assist in an emergency. message on
Last updated 2 December 2007 Rescue Hotline: 1300 555 555 Koalas
with pager number 85151 
page 12
or phone: 0448 062 857
Committee Members 2007 - 2008

POSITION NAME PHONE MOBILE/EMAIL
0427 978 207
President Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207
sharonedrew@bigpond.com
Vice-President Lyn Taylor 4697 9580 0428 757 058
0427 330 904
Secretary John Lahdesluoma 4636 0309
john@lahdesluoma.com
0410 669 818
Treasurer Jo Waters 4696 9445
Joann.E.Waters@mainroads.qld.gov.au
0413 707 313
Carer Coordinator Catherine Buchanan 4630 9562
catpaws@optusnet.com.au
0413 058 082
Fundraising Coordinator Sharon MacLeod 4630 3566
donmacleod230@hotmail.com
Education Coordinator Pam Allen 4697 9397
0427 330 904
Record Keeper John Lahdesluoma 4636 0309
john@lahdesluoma.com
4638 4154 (h) 0414 706 876
Newsletter Coordinator Alison McDonald
4631 2069 (w) mcdonala@usq.edu.au Betong in care. Photo courtesy of Trish LeeHong, Photographer : Cindy Laine
0412 183 569
Shop Coordinator Lorraine McPhee 4632 5032
lorrimac@bigpond.com
Wildlife Carers Darling Downs Inc.
0413 058 082
Promotions Officer Sharon MacLeod 4630 3566
donmacleod230@hotmail.com Rescue Hotline: 1300 555 555 with pager number 85151
or phone: 0448 062 857
www.wildlifecarersdarlingdowns.org.au
As a direct result of the last audit of the Shop (food) accounts, I
President’s Report Shop News have implemented the following changes.
When animal food is purchased from the Shop you will find that
Hi Everyone WOmbaroo the receipt book has been replaced by an INVOICE book.

ORDER LIST
Well it’s time for another newsletter. Please complete the invoice and state whether the food has been
Clare has also been busy running all over the countryside paid for by cheque, cash or the money is to be paid later.
Christmas is fast approaching and it is a very busy time with calls for Koalas as well. Hopefully with the rain we
of the year for all of us. Work at this time for me is a total have had it will take the pressure off the trees and the Size Description Item Price $ As each order is paid I will write a receipt. If you require a copy of
mad house and I sure it is the same for many of you as poor Koalas will fair a lot better. 6.00 the receipt, please let me know.
1kg Canary Starter
well. Food that is usually kept in stock in cold room storage at
I would also like to give a huge thanks to all those 10watts Cosy Heat Pad - PVC 64.00
This year’s bird season has be very busy as well with all TREC is as follows:
people who have that put up their hand to help out 6.00
the young Magpies, Currawongs, Frogmouths, Crows 1kg Bird Crumbles
with the fundraising and manning the BBQ’S. Sharon Wambaroo products:
and Pee Wees that seem to get themselves into all sorts MacLeod does a fantastic job organising these events. 5kg Bird Crumbles 23.25
of trouble with their maiden flights. As well some of the Lyn Taylor has also done a great job organising the BBQ 0.7 Roo milk
210gm Echidna Milk Rep - <30 6.85
wild storms that we have had lately have also added to at Bunnings that will be held next year. There is so much
the number of pagers and calls we have had. 360g Echidna Milk Rep - >30 6.85 0.6 Roo milk
ground work that goes into organising and running
I would like to take the time now to thank all those these things and it is truly appreciated that these people 1.25 0.4 Roo Milk
120ml Feed Bottles
carers that have their hands full with looking after give up their time with their very busy lives working full
Blue Label First Aid for Birds 16.30 High Protein
these babies and adults. Also to give a huge time as well as caring for animals.
thanks to all the carers that have help me with 1kg Flying Fox Milk 19.80 Impact Colostrum
picking up animals or dealing with the public And of course a big thankyou to those who support our
5kg Flying Fox Milk 78.45 Echidna milk- mid and late (small Packets only)
when I’ve called. I realise that when you all group but don’t do hands-on animal care!
hear my voice on the phone or see a text 1kg Granivore Rearing Mix 14.55 Koala milk - mid and late (small Packets only)
We have the all our books back from the accountant so
come from me you must all think “Oh no, we can now move forward with the New Year. Small Carnivore mix - 1 kg packets
250gm High Protein Supplement 5.35
not her again”.
I hope I caught you all at our Christmas party at Alison’s 1kg High Protein Supplement 14.55 Insectivore mix - 1 kg packets
I really do know how you feel as when the on the 8th but if you didn’t make it do have a wonderful
50gm Impact 11.45 Lorikeet and Honeyeater Nectar mix
pager goes off that is what I think “Oh no, not the Christmas and I look forward to a brighter New Year. With
pager again”. One good thing is that bird season seems all the wonderful people out there doing their own small 250gm Impact 42.20 Bird first aid
to be coming to an end as the pager is now quietening part in helping and preserving our wildlife and their 1kg Insectivore Rearing Mix 14.55 Biolac: M100 Possum Milk (also see Lyn)
down. I was getting up to 15 pagers a day for birds alone, habitat the future can only get better.
yesterday I only received 5 - all birds. 5kg Insectivore Rearing Mix 58.30 Assorted teats - Wombaroo Australian Wildlife
Again thankyou to all the people that have helped out 1 litre Koala Milk - Early (220g) 6.85
Marcia has also been very busy with this years bat NOTE: Roudybush hand Raising Parrot formula can be purchased
throughout the year in your own special ways. Without
season. She has been running all over the countryside 1 litre Koala Milk - Mid (330g) 6.85 from Bob Donnelly’s Vet Surgery (West Toowoomba Vets) and is a
you all the world would be a much sadder place.
picking up babies as well as saving adults caught in 1.5kg Koala Milk - Late 26.45 well balanced all purpose formula.
fences etc. We are very lucky that Marcia’s mother helps 1.5kg Lorikeet & Honeyeater 20.75 Thanks
out as much as she does with picking up bats for Marc.
4.5kg Lorikeet & Honeyeater 54.65 Lorraine McPhee, Shop
Sharon Kajewski 1kg Parrot Pellets 6.00 Co-ordinator
President
250gm Reptile Supplement 5.30
140gm Roo Milk Replacer - <0.4 6.85
180gm Roo Milk Replacer - 0.4 6.85
1.1kg Roo Milk Replacer - 0.6 26.45
5kg Roo Milk Replacer - 0.6 97.45
10kg Roo Milk Replacer - 0.7 167.50
1kg Small Carnivore Food 14.55
5kg Small Carnivore Food 58.30
STE1 Stethoscope 12.00 BIOLAC
Teat Syringe - VSM4 1.00 BIOLAC provides the most advanced milk
Teat SFF - Fly-Fox-Sml- (3/4/5 Ply) 1.25 formulas ever produced for Australian native
Teat MTM - Medium Marsupial 1.25 animals. BIOLAC formulas contain fully digestible
Teat STM - Sml Marsupial 1.25 carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and elevated levels
Teat TM - Baby Marsupial 1.25 of many vitamins and minerals. The lipids have a
more favourable balance of saturated, mono and
Please contact Lorraine McPhee, Shop Co-ordinator for products poly unsaturated fats.
listed above. Please place all orders before the end of each
Month. I usually place an order at the beginning of each month. M100 formula for possums
(46 325032)
please contact Lyn Taylor 
Note: Large bulk orders will have to be prepaid or paid on - $13.50 kg 15
delivery.
Sydney Morning Herald, October 13-14 2007
Events Calendar New Members Memberships and
Workshops and Meetings -
Laurel Bank Park Hall
Welcome to all of our new
members
donations
If any member wishes to pay their
Please note that the hall is used by a Alex Kennedy membership and add on extra for a
variety of organisations and if you wish to donation they need to come in the form of
Ian Faint
use the hall it is important that you pre- two separate cheques for the banking as
book the event. Terri Miller: I have always been a huge we can not split the one cheque in to the
animal fan and have never been without two different accounts.
Phone TREC and leave a message, or
a pet close by. I want to keep the animal
phone a WCDD committee member who We appreciate the donations greatly
population growing so that future
will be able to formally write the booking and hope that people are still willing to
generations can enjoy them.
date and time on the meeting board at the contribute to the group by doing so. All we
hall - this can only be done during one of If you are a new member and have been ask is that the two payments be divided to
WCDD formal meetings which is held at missed out of this list, we do apologise, membership and donation.
the hall. and we’ll endeavour to have you in next
time

Volunteers WCDD Library
WILD Trades WCDD have a library at TREC with
needed for Humidicrib
the availability to borrow books and
publications.
TREC/Laurel Don’t forget the Humidicrib from the
Bank Park Hall Toowoomba Hospital auctions. We loan
the crib out to group members for any
Departures
animals that may be in need. It has been Lyn Kearney of Caboolture Queensland
Wildlife Carers Darling Downs and
agreed that there be a $50.00 holding fee passed away in her sleep on the morning
Toowoomba Regional Environment
on the crib, which will be returned to the of October 16.
Council (TREC) currently share the hall at
borrower on the return of the crib. Please Lyn was a truly dedicated carer and
Laurel Bank Park, Hill Street near Grand
note: there will be a form to be signed despite her illnesses, her one reason for
Central Shopping Centre, Toowoomba.
by the borrower stating that they will getting out of bed each morning was to
Most, if not all of WCDD merchandise for return the crib in the same condition as it feed and care for her wildlife in care.
sale, display boards, books, posters, general was lent out in, and that if there are any
information and equipment are stored at damages to the crib it will be the borrows Not only a sad loss of a carer, but of a
the Laurel Bank Park Hall. responsibility to repair it. At the moment mother, friend and mentor.
To increase public awareness of the I have the crib at my house in my garage Lyn Kearney
activities and environmental information and I can be contacted on 07 46155 876 or A true Wildlife Warrior
that is available at the hall, it is important 0438 340 775 to make arrangements for it 1945-2007
for the public to actually have access to to be loaned out.
the premises. Regards Magenta King Lance Ferris, Australian Seabird Rescue
hero died in hospital on October 14. He
To keep the hall open we need volunteers was larger than life. ASR is based at Ballina
who can donate 1 to 3 hours of their time NSW.
one day a week each week of fortnight. It
is beautifully peaceful with lots of wildlife, As his partner says
trees and flowers to keep you occupied. ‘the pelicans are crying’.
If you are able to help, please phone 3
Lorraine on 0412 183 569.

Quick guide to local carers’ groups
1300 555 555 pager number 85151
Wildlife Carers Darling Downs Inc. Toowoomba and surrounding areas
or 0448 062 857
Australian Rehabilitation and Rescue
Lockyer Valley 0754 241 997 or 0413 453 722
of Wildlife (ARROW)
Foster Care of Australia’s Unique
Lockyer Valley and Esk 1300 FAUNA1 or 1300 328621
Native Animals inc (FAUNA)
Wildlife Welfare Carers Oakey 0417 070 337
24-Hour Wildlife Rescue Preston and Gatton 4697 5377
Central WCDD Rescue Fundraising News
Pager and phone Number In Spring we had two fundraisers at Lancasters Antiques, at two
rather special Australiana auctions on Sunday October 28 and
The pager and the WCDD mobile phone have been “running hot” November 4.
for the past several weeks, as the baby bird season has been in full
chaos. Things got so intense at the
October 28 auction that a
We would like to sincerely thank those wonderful Carers/ steak fillet burger was actually
members who have patiently answered all the calls. auctioned to snap the
Vet Surgeries and WCDD Rescue phone numbers punters out of their daze.
To reduce the amount of time in the frustrating process of staff at Once again we thank our
our local Vet surgeries trying to contact individual Wildlife Carers, organisers, Sharon and Don
I have been encouraging all Vet surgeries to call the WCDD pager MacLeod and their helpers:
or mobile phone number. Lyn Taylor, Lois Barry, Pam
Allen, Alison McDonald and
Unfortunately the immediate consequence of this has been
Kevin Doyle.
an increase in the number of calls going to our wildlife rescue
numbers. Particularly touching was
the donation by Graham
Conversely, the staff at the Vet surgeries appear to be happy to
Lancaster of a BBQ and tent.
phone the “one stop” rescue numbers rather than euthanase the
Our association with Graham
wildlife.
has been for approximately
It takes time to alter habits and although individual carers still three years, and we so
receive a number of calls from the Vet surgeries, the idea of appreciate his support. In
calling our central number is gradually becoming accepted. between selling sausages,
It is important to remember that the staff of these surgeries are burgers and drinks, the
always busy, so they would greatly appreciate it if WE took on the auctions hold our fascination.
responsibility of finding an appropriate carer to collect the animal, Some WCDD members have
and NOT just give them another phone number to try. even been known to bid on,
and to win items.
On November 4 we were
all cheered up by the good
fortune of a gentleman who
4 was instructed by his mother
to take a piece of pottery (portraying a Rosella) to the dump, but
was advised by Lancasters to auction it. We all held our breath
as it was auctioned on November 4 and it was sold for the grand
price of $18 000 (pictured above).
NEVER A DULL MOMENT AT THE FUNDRAISERS!
(moral of the story: check your cupboards ... who knows what
treasures you may have in there!)

PET CAFE
On November 24 Sharon MacLeod organised a BBQ and stall at
the Pet Cafe’s birthday party. Lyn was on hand to help, and won a
great prize for guessing the number of pig’s ears in the jar.
Upcoming Summer Fundraisers

LANCASTERS
Sunday February 3 - Pedal cars etc
Saturday night February 16 - Bottle show

Spring fundraising:
BBQs, sales of chocolates .cards, pens and raffles $ 720.90
Donations $ 534.25
TOTAL $1 255.10
Flying Lizards
BIRD NEWS A couple of weeks ago I was invited
From the Bird Co-ordinator to a lady’s place in Toowoomba who
I would like to thank everyone for their help, tolerance and cares for reptiles. Due to the secrecy
understanding over the past several weeks as we have tried act (invented by the carer) I can only
desperately to cope with the “Manic Bird Breeding Season”. I know identify her as living in a street named
that there has been an extraordinary amount of calls to the WCDD after a ‘flower’. Upon arrival the carer
central rescue/pager number, and the amount of time, tolerance was about to feed the animals and to
and patience needed to answer these calls is almost beyond the my surprise the first “reptile” had pink
scope of a normal person. and white feathers and a beak.

I would also like to thank the other Carer groups for relieving The reptile was ordered to sit down and not to fly away as the
some of the burden that WCDD have endured. Your help has door was open. Of course the obvious happened it took to the
been greatly appreciated. Thank you. western skies with the carer in hot pursuit demanding it return
immediately and hugging the fence for comfort. The call went out
Training new and current Bird Carers: to all neighbours ‘look sky-woods for my flying reptile’ as the carer
As this is an extremely busy time of the year, I am unable to hold sped off in her car going deeper into the unknown abyss.
formal Bird Caring Workshops. To compensate for this lack of About an hour later, a few tears, and a verbal altercation with
training I have decided to offer “in house training” of small groups herself (only because we were laughing so much) the reptile was
or individuals who wish to become bird carers or wish to upgrade found on her roof just waiting to be picked up, fed, cuddled and
their existing skills. put to bed. Since that experience I have been doing some really
Please contact Lorraine, on 0412 183 569. or leave a message on in-depth research and although I stand to be corrected I can only
46 32 50 32. wonder who was the ‘GALAH’?

All sessions will be conducted at my house and will involve Birds P.S. Back at home, we have two very young Tawny Frogmouths that
that I already have in care. are preparing for release. Also we have been taking close note of the
Wedgetail Eagles in the district. The population seems rather healthy
Long Service Leave: currently - we have spotted 9 pairs within 50 k of town.
I have now been Caring for Birds for close to 20 years. If this was a Bob & Mary @ St George
normal paying position, I would now be eligible for long service
leave.
After much consideration I have decided to take this leave.
As of March 2008 to October 2008 I will NOT be available to
take in Wildlife. 5
I have set aside most this time to travel, catch up with old friends,
long lost relatives and my rapidly ageing family.
I will still be available for advice and training.
Thank you
Lorraine McPhee Bird Co-ordinator

Meetings and Gatherings SUMMER
Date Type Where Additions
tuesday 29 JANUARY 2008 Gathering Highfields Tavern 6:30 for 7:00pm
SUNDAY 10 FEBRUARY 2008 Committee Meeting TREC 10am
tuesday 12 FEBRUARY 2008 Meeting TREC 7pm Pot Luck*

*Bring a plate
To add to my challenge, my portable humidicrib and thermostat
Caring tips / stories ‘died’. Naturally it did this on a Thursday night, and despite
running up the phone bill, I was able to locate a genuine Parrot
BIRDS brooder in Canberra or Perth - all local suppliers were out of stock,
and the waiting time was one to two weeks.
The joy of foster parenthood
Baby birds of this age have to be kept at constant temperature
This tiny body of white whispy hair was presented to me by John and humidity as well as being fed every two hours around the
a very looooong time ago (44 days actually - seems like a lifetime clock.
ago).
YEP - you guessed it. NO SLEEP from Thursday to the following
Species was ‘BIRD’ with green wings ... at just 24 hours old, it was Wednesday. I was not a happy person to know. In spite of my
going to be a challenge for the bird and myself. insistence that speedy delivery was very important, the suppliers
had neglected to put the brooder on the overnight transport.
Instead the opted for the slowest transport possible. ‘NOT HAPPY
JAN!’
Left: at five days, and
below left, at nine days. Several weeks later, my baby scaly breasted lorikeet is still alive
Centre: parrot brooder. and has just fledged. He now needs a name ... any suggestions?
Lorraine McPhee

Above right:
at 26 days,
and below
right, at 30
days.

Above: 18 days old Above: 44 days old and fledged

This series of developmental/growing photos that I have taken may be of help to anyone trying to identify the age of a
young scaly that comes into care.
THE wcdd
BOOKS
MACROPODS - Wallaby Woes

Hi, my name’s Daisy, and as you can see, I’m a cat food addict. I’d
like to share my story with you, in the hope that at least one walla-
baby can be saved from the road to perdition. It started out with
the small stuff. You know, crunching a kibble bit or two when my
carers attention was elsewhere. It was a game – it was entertaining,
nothing more. But the urge kept coming back, stronger, then
stronger still. I’d make a beeline for the food bowl first thing in the
morning and last thing at night – I couldn’t stop myself! From kibble
to tooth bickies, from tooth bickies to Savoury Chicken Feast, I did it
all!
I lost all interest in normal walla-baby pursuits, and my normally
robust constitution went to shit – literally!
Like most addicts, I think I secretly wanted to get caught My attacks
on the food bowl became so brazen that, you guessed it

– I was b
usted, a
nd sent
enced t
o 90 day
s in the
slamme
“The Slammer”, a 400 square metre fully fenced run, r.
was a great place to contemplate my misdeeds and get
“rehabilitated”, whatever that is, but was living hell to
a cat food junky, with not a feline to be found! If I had
palms, surely they would have been sweaty. I dreamed
technicolour dreams of Seafood Supreme, Roast Chicken
Dinner and Savoury Salmon so vivid I could almost taste it!

My distress must have shown, as one day, in the exercise yard, this black
dude sidled up to me and said, “I hear you’re doing hard time”. “Yeah”,
I replied, “it’s not easy going cold turkey on turkey giblets, ya know”. He
certainly knew the ropes – he obviously had an “in” with the warden, or
friends in high places, as he seemed to be able to come and go as he
pleased, despite the high walls and chained gate. He claimed his name
was “Russell”, but I dunno…
“I feel for ya, man”, he said. “The cat food is too heavily guarded, but
for a small fee, I can score ya some really primo dog biscuit from that
malamute husky next door, and arrange to have it flown in fresh daily”.
“Can you really?” I asked, hope rekindled anew in my heart.

I’d never done dog food before, but fastidiousness is the first thing you throw overboard
when you’re doing hard time, believe me.
“I got three little mouths to feed” he explained “so I can’t do this fer nuttin’, but if you can
break them up with your oversize incisors and give me half, we could do some business”.
“In addition, I get first crack at your water ration to soften up bread slices for the kiddies.
Deal?”
“Deal” I exclaimed! This hard time ain’t so hard after all! And the malamute? Well, let’s just
say she’s “mute” (ouch!) on the subject….
Daisy – (last name withheld by request)
Editor’s note – Daisy was moved to a halfway house in early December and is expected to be
fully released sometime in the next few weeks.

Catherine Buchanan - Carer Coordinator The Malamute
We really can’t work out if he has an underlying problem or if it’s
My Eastern Grey Buck his skin pigmentation which is causing his fur to turn white, or he

is turning white!
is just unique ... like his personality!!!
I would love to hear from anyone who has heard of or had a
A fine furred Eastern Grey buck who we called Rodney, came into kangaroo turn white!!!!!
our care in July 2006. He was handed into the St George Vets,
found by a traveller in his dead mum’s pouch. Other than a few Regards
chunks out of his ears he was in good health.
Sharon @ St George.
When he was just over 2 kg, he got under the feet of our Emu and
he ended up with one hip bone a bit lower than the other!
When he got his full coat, his fur was alot redder than our other
roos (eastern greys) and he has different pigmentation on his skin.
His coat eventually did turn grey with his winter coat.
Nine months ago he got pox virus, and a couple of months after
that we had two or so weeks of him very miserable ... he was just
standing with his front feet on the ground and I would have to
pick him up to give him his bottle!
We weren’t sure if he’d been kicked or had somehow hurt himself,
or if he had something wrong with his tummy - he eventually
came good, so we never really knew.
A few months ago his face started getting lighter. and only a
few weeks ago I noticed when he was breathing he sounded
like he was purring. He would sneeze and cough and bring up
alot of phlegm from his nose and mouth. We only got 3 out of 5
injections of antibiotics into him, he now seems over it , but I’m
starting to feel his time with me might not be a long time!
Every day he is becoming whiter and has spots of white
appearing all over his back!
Rodney has been one of my sociable and friendly roos. He is my
first buck that I have let stay and be released here. He is still doing
all his normal Rodney things like spilling the water dish after
soaking his paws in it; spilling the pellets so he can get to them 9
more easily; kicking my clothes on the line; playing with the boys
soccer ball - and he just loves cuddles and smooches.
He comes in morning and arvo for a bottle and pellets, and some
days the roos just laze around the house yard all day. He hangs
out with my doe and her joey and mixes with my other two joeys
who also mix with the wild roos, so they are free to go wherever
they please. Luckily for them we have 35 acres with buffle grass
and gullies with lots of trees and a kilometre of river frontage, so
they don’t go to far because they live in paradise (being spoilt
might also have something to do with it!)
POSSUMS
Lolli pops back for a visit

JOY!
In September, a female brushtail possum was hit by a car, and
luckily her pouch was checked.
What was found, to everyone’s surprise, was fraternal twins, a little
boy and a little girl, pictured above.
Each were 36g when they came in. Unfortunately the little boy
lived for six weeks and then stopped thriving. He gave it a really
good try.

Our orphan Lolli The little girl is now 85g, is a bit fuzzy, needs to grow into her ears,
and is even eating fruit.
I have called her “Joy”, because it is such a perfect little name for a
little possum who is “my Joy”.
Lyn Taylor Possum Coordinator

STOP PRESS: NEW RELEASE SITE FOR POSSUMS
Thanks to the North East Downs Landcare Group Inc we have
access to a new release site for possums. Please contact Lyn Taylor
for more details (see back cover).

Lolli with her own little one

Lolli came into care on January 3 2007. She was found stuck in a
fence. Her mum may have been chased and might have left her
baby behind.
Lolli was smelly and a messy eater, so we bathed her each day
with baby shampoo. She was released on April 26.
Recently she popped in to show us her baby, who looks just like
Lolli did when we got her.

Wendy Fitz-Gerald Penny 1962 - From the RSPCA Archives
I wish to make a special thank you to my mum. She was
Flying Fox Report vaccinated against Lyssa Virus a couple of years ago and has been
Well we have had an extremely busy spring on the flying fox front. an absolute champion helping me out this year. She has done a
Firstly it was my turn as coordinator to conduct a workshop so as large number of pick ups and rescues during working hours and
it was baby season I did one on raising orphans. We had 2 WCDD on weekends when I couldn’t get to the rescue quickly. She has
members and 2 bat rescue members (that had missed the bat successfully stabilised all that she has had in and kept a couple
rescue orphan workshop). Vincent (my first orphan) was a star over night. She did her first back yard fruit netting rescue a few
and we had a slide show presentation and also did feeding and weeks ago which involved a Grey Headed with a 3 day old baby
wing cleaning demonstration. on board and a Little red all tangled up together. Thankfully they
were all only tangled, there was no tight constriction and we were
But what a record spring we have had for flying fox rescues. It thrilled to watch them fly off that night. If we ever need to be
has been unbelievable! Since 15 October to today which is 30 reminded of why we do this, that moment watching mum & bub
November we have done a total of 32 rescues. eagerly flying off with baby tightly hanging on with head buried
What species? We had 22 Little Red Flying foxes, 6 Black Flying in his mum’s armpit this was it – how wonderful!!
Foxes and 4 Grey Headed Flying Foxes. The reason for the high Marcia Russell - Animal Coordinator Macropods, Possums & Flying Foxes
number of little Reds is that they are moving through the area at
the moment and are roosting at our range colony and also there
is a large colony at Gatton.
What condition were they in? The little Reds have been
excellent weights, as you might know our local bats have been
struggling through winter with starvation due to the lack of
winter flowering of the eucalypts as a result of the drought.
However the Little Reds have come in from up north and have
obviously not had any problems finding food, in fact one that I
had come in this week is the heaviest Little Red that I have ever
had in. Our Blacks & Grey Headeds are good weights now as there
is a fair bit of food about at the moment.
What age are they? We have had 15 Sub Adults, 12 Adults and 5
babies
Why did they come into care? 1 hit by car, 1 concussion, 9
found on the ground, 4 caught in back yard fruit netting and 18
caught in barbed wire fences.
What was the outcome? We have successfully released 11, 4
died, 6 were euthanased (of those one was a C3 which means
that a member of the public was scratched and as a result the Above: The horrors of barbed wire. This animal is dead.
animal was euthanased to test for Lyssavirus – of course the Below: A couple of little reds enjoying their banana smoothies.
animal was negative) and we still have 11 in care. Of those 11 in
care 4 are babies and 7 are adults.
After being so busy it is astounding that
we have only had 5 babies in care so far.
Usually by this time of the year we have
had between 10 and 20 babies in. However
as our Black & Grey headed flying foxes
had a really tough winter we have noticed
reduced fertility throughout all colonies
from southern NSW right through to SE
Qld. Obviously mothers were struggling
with starvation to a degree that their
babies either aborted or did not continue
to develop full term and were reabsorbed.
Some colonies have reported only 50% of
the females with babies, when in a normal
year there is 90% of females with babies.
If you are looking for something to do late
on a weekend afternoon go and visit the
Springs Garden World in Spring Street,
Toowoomba. We have a small colony of
Black Flying foxes roosting there at the
moment – it is great to watch them all
fly out just on dusk to begin their nightly
foraging.
any external sign of damage on the koala, as it has a very tough
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE elastic skin. The pressure of the teeth will crush the lungs, liver and

ON KOALAS
kidneys and other organs.

It has been a horrendous year for koalas - the drought has put Often the koala will have enough
their very life on-the-edge, with many trees dying or struggling
to survive, and although we have had some good recent rain and adrenalin to get into a low tree, but
the grass is green, if you take a look at the eucalyptus trees, you
may notice that the crown coverage is very sparse. The canopies
it will not have any energy to get
should be lush and thick with new growth but there is not as
much leaf as previous good years, indicating the trees are under
higher, and will curl up and stay
stress. This has put the koalas and other arboreal creatures under there. It needs immediate help, call
extreme duress, trying to find enough food throughout the tough
winter months. Now that spring and summer has come, the your co-ordinator.
mating season is here and we are seeing a lot more koalas on the
There are many such koalas we have rescued who we rush to
move, reports of koalas in back yards, on verandahs, and generally
the Australian Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo. There, the team
in places they haven’t been seen before.
of dedicated vets, nurses and volunteers work around the clock
This brings me to a point I would beg everyone to be aware: to try and save them. One of our young girl koala has been
there for a few months now, with a crushed lung from a dog
koalas will come into your backyard attack. She was operated on immediately as she was having
difficulty breathing - the internal damage being a crushed lung,
if they need to get from one tree to pneumonia, and internal bleeding, a drain was stitched into
another, they are not going to walk her abdomen and she was put onto a drip and medicated with
antibiotics. After a week in intensive care she has now progressed
around the perimeter. So please if you live to the outside yard where she is still receiving medication and
special care.
anywhere in rural areas, keep dogs confined at night, and even
in the daytime under control, because koalas will move down As always happens in emergencies, I never get around to taking
during the day to get to another tree, especially if it is a feed tree. photos, so seldom have before and after shots, but when things
Sometimes they will ‘bed themselves to sleep’ in a tree that is not quieten down we do get some lovely quite moments, like this
a usual feed tree but it may provide more cover, so they can sleep pictures of a special orphaned koala “Charlie” having a nap
the day away without being harassed by magpies or crows. snuggled into a basket full of teddy bears!!! These are the rewards
Dogs have done some terrible damage to wildlife, koalas in and what make it all worthwhile.
particular, no fault of theirs as they are just trying to protect their Clare Gover, Co-ordinator, Koalas, Echidnas and Wombats
property. However, when a koala is down on the ground it is very
vulnerable and the damage a dog can do is enormous, they have
very tough jaws, and tend to go for the belly area, biting and
Charlie - a cool dude
crushing vital internal organs of their victim, this is often without

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Lupine (Lupinis species)
Education Marijuana (Cannibas sativa)
PICKINGS Oleander (nerium oleander)
Most introduced plants should NOT be fed to our Parsley
native animals and birds. If in doubt about a plant, Philodendron (Philodendron species)
don’t feed it to wildlife.
Introduced poisonous plants... Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima)
Avocado (Persea americana) Poison Ivy (Rhus radicans)
Azalea (Rhododendron species) Potato (Solanum tuberosum)
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra species) Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
Bluebonnet (Lupinus species) Rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum)
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum) Rhubarb (Rheum rhaponticum)
Flag (Iris species) St. John’s Wort (Hypercium perforatum)
Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) Tomato (Lypersicon esculentum)
Ground Ivy (Glechoma hederacea) Wisteria (Wisteria species)
Iris (Iris species) Yew (Taxus species)
Japanese Pieris (Pieris japonica) Provided by Lorraine McPhee
Lakspur (Delphinium species)

species Co-ordinator
Job description:
Co-ordinators have many years of Caring experience and thus
!! sNAKE hANDLING
We will be conducting a two day Venomous Snake
Handling Course in Salisbury, Brisbane on the 22/23
have a broad in-depth knowledge of the care and rehabilitation
December. This course is designed for new and
requirements of Wildlife.
old snake handlers alike, and will give you all the

~ Co-ordinate the rescue and rehabilitation of injured or
skills and knowledge necessary to safely identify, 13
capture, transport and release and species of
orphaned wildlife. venomous snakes in Australia. Myself and my
fellow trainer both have considerable experience
~ Carry out initial assessment, treatment and stabilization of the with venomous snakes, having both worked in a venom
animal (with Veterinary advice) before referring to another Carer. production facility maintaining over 700 snakes, and we now
run our business (Educational Reptile Displays) with over
~ Help train and educate new Carers and expand the knowledge 100 individual venomous snakes. We possess all the correct
of existing Carers. permits (both Demonstrators and Damage Mitigation).
Jonathan Lucas
~ Give Educational talks and Workshops. Educational Reptile Displays

~ Are aware of suitable places for release of rehabilitated wildlife 0413 128 248

~ Provide information and support (both physical and emotional)
for other Carers.

~ Liase with other Carer groups, members of the general Public
and other like minded professionals and organisations.

~ Trouble shoot complaints about Carers to ensure the accuracy
of the information, and then arbitrate a solution- protect Carers
and the Group from false accusations.

~ Co-ordinators are often the Public face of the Carer
group, dealing directly with the Veterinarians and the Legal
representatives of the Governments (EPA).

~ Co-ordinators need your constant help and assistance.
Above: A very young flying fox at Marcia’s recent workshop at TREC
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Suite 6/256 Margaret Street, Toowoomba, Qld 4350
As a direct result of the last audit of the Shop (food) accounts, I
President’s Report Shop News have implemented the following changes.
When animal food is purchased from the Shop you will find that
Hi Everyone WOmbaroo the receipt book has been replaced by an INVOICE book.

ORDER LIST
Well it’s time for another newsletter. Please complete the invoice and state whether the food has been
Clare has also been busy running all over the countryside paid for by cheque, cash or the money is to be paid later.
Christmas is fast approaching and it is a very busy time with calls for Koalas as well. Hopefully with the rain we
of the year for all of us. Work at this time for me is a total have had it will take the pressure off the trees and the Size Description Item Price $ As each order is paid I will write a receipt. If you require a copy of
mad house and I sure it is the same for many of you as poor Koalas will fair a lot better. 6.00 the receipt, please let me know.
1kg Canary Starter
well. Food that is usually kept in stock in cold room storage at
I would also like to give a huge thanks to all those 10watts Cosy Heat Pad - PVC 64.00
This year’s bird season has be very busy as well with all TREC is as follows:
people who have that put up their hand to help out 6.00
the young Magpies, Currawongs, Frogmouths, Crows 1kg Bird Crumbles
with the fundraising and manning the BBQ’S. Sharon Wambaroo products:
and Pee Wees that seem to get themselves into all sorts MacLeod does a fantastic job organising these events. 5kg Bird Crumbles 23.25
of trouble with their maiden flights. As well some of the Lyn Taylor has also done a great job organising the BBQ 0.7 Roo milk
210gm Echidna Milk Rep - <30 6.85
wild storms that we have had lately have also added to at Bunnings that will be held next year. There is so much
the number of pagers and calls we have had. 360g Echidna Milk Rep - >30 6.85 0.6 Roo milk
ground work that goes into organising and running
I would like to take the time now to thank all those these things and it is truly appreciated that these people 1.25 0.4 Roo Milk
120ml Feed Bottles
carers that have their hands full with looking after give up their time with their very busy lives working full
Blue Label First Aid for Birds 16.30 High Protein
these babies and adults. Also to give a huge time as well as caring for animals.
thanks to all the carers that have help me with 1kg Flying Fox Milk 19.80 Impact Colostrum
picking up animals or dealing with the public And of course a big thankyou to those who support our
5kg Flying Fox Milk 78.45 Echidna milk- mid and late (small Packets only)
when I’ve called. I realise that when you all group but don’t do hands-on animal care!
hear my voice on the phone or see a text 1kg Granivore Rearing Mix 14.55 Koala milk - mid and late (small Packets only)
We have the all our books back from the accountant so
come from me you must all think “Oh no, we can now move forward with the New Year. Small Carnivore mix - 1 kg packets
250gm High Protein Supplement 5.35
not her again”.
I hope I caught you all at our Christmas party at Alison’s 1kg High Protein Supplement 14.55 Insectivore mix - 1 kg packets
I really do know how you feel as when the on the 8th but if you didn’t make it do have a wonderful
50gm Impact 11.45 Lorikeet and Honeyeater Nectar mix
pager goes off that is what I think “Oh no, not the Christmas and I look forward to a brighter New Year. With
pager again”. One good thing is that bird season seems all the wonderful people out there doing their own small 250gm Impact 42.20 Bird first aid
to be coming to an end as the pager is now quietening part in helping and preserving our wildlife and their 1kg Insectivore Rearing Mix 14.55 Biolac: M100 Possum Milk (also see Lyn)
down. I was getting up to 15 pagers a day for birds alone, habitat the future can only get better.
yesterday I only received 5 - all birds. 5kg Insectivore Rearing Mix 58.30 Assorted teats - Wombaroo Australian Wildlife
Again thankyou to all the people that have helped out 1 litre Koala Milk - Early (220g) 6.85
Marcia has also been very busy with this years bat NOTE: Roudybush hand Raising Parrot formula can be purchased
throughout the year in your own special ways. Without
season. She has been running all over the countryside 1 litre Koala Milk - Mid (330g) 6.85 from Bob Donnelly’s Vet Surgery (West Toowoomba Vets) and is a
you all the world would be a much sadder place.
picking up babies as well as saving adults caught in 1.5kg Koala Milk - Late 26.45 well balanced all purpose formula.
fences etc. We are very lucky that Marcia’s mother helps 1.5kg Lorikeet & Honeyeater 20.75 Thanks
out as much as she does with picking up bats for Marc.
4.5kg Lorikeet & Honeyeater 54.65 Lorraine McPhee, Shop
Sharon Kajewski 1kg Parrot Pellets 6.00 Co-ordinator
President
250gm Reptile Supplement 5.30
140gm Roo Milk Replacer - <0.4 6.85
180gm Roo Milk Replacer - 0.4 6.85
1.1kg Roo Milk Replacer - 0.6 26.45
5kg Roo Milk Replacer - 0.6 97.45
10kg Roo Milk Replacer - 0.7 167.50
1kg Small Carnivore Food 14.55
5kg Small Carnivore Food 58.30
STE1 Stethoscope 12.00 BIOLAC
Teat Syringe - VSM4 1.00 BIOLAC provides the most advanced milk
Teat SFF - Fly-Fox-Sml- (3/4/5 Ply) 1.25 formulas ever produced for Australian native
Teat MTM - Medium Marsupial 1.25 animals. BIOLAC formulas contain fully digestible
Teat STM - Sml Marsupial 1.25 carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and elevated levels
Teat TM - Baby Marsupial 1.25 of many vitamins and minerals. The lipids have a
more favourable balance of saturated, mono and
Please contact Lorraine McPhee, Shop Co-ordinator for products poly unsaturated fats.
listed above. Please place all orders before the end of each
Month. I usually place an order at the beginning of each month. M100 formula for possums
(46 325032)
please contact Lyn Taylor 
Note: Large bulk orders will have to be prepaid or paid on - $13.50 kg 15
delivery.
Sydney Morning Herald, October 13-14 2007
The Wild Times
Wildlife Carers Darling Downs Inc.

Animal Coordinator Register
Coordinator’s Name Contact Number Other numbers/notes
Birds General Lorraine McPhee 0412 183 569 0448 062 857

Raptors Angela Schmid
0407 178 171 The official newsletter of Wildlife Carers Darling Downs Inc.
leave message PO Box 567 Toowoomba QLD 4350
Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207
Macropods
Marcia Russell 4698 2096 0408 982 096 Summer 2007 - 2008
Lyn Taylor 4697 9580 0428 757 058
Possums
Marcia Russell 4698 2096 0408 982 096
Gliders & Marsupial Mice Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207
Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207
Koalas, Echidnas, Wombats
Clare Gover 4696 9860 0427 969 860
Insectivorous Bats
Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207 My Roo is
(microbats)
46983 837 (w) turning white!
Flying Foxes
Marcia Russell 4698 2096 (h)
0408 982 096 page 9
Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207 0427 978 207
4635 1670
Reptiles Dale Howard
leave message
An
If the coordinators listed for each species are not contactable, a coordinator for a ‘like’ important
species may be able to assist in an emergency. message on
Last updated 2 December 2007 Rescue Hotline: 1300 555 555 Koalas
with pager number 85151 
page 12
or phone: 0448 062 857
Committee Members 2007 - 2008

POSITION NAME PHONE MOBILE/EMAIL
0427 978 207
President Sharon Kajewski 4697 8207
sharonedrew@bigpond.com
Vice-President Lyn Taylor 4697 9580 0428 757 058
0427 330 904
Secretary John Lahdesluoma 4636 0309
john@lahdesluoma.com
0410 669 818
Treasurer Jo Waters 4696 9445
Joann.E.Waters@mainroads.qld.gov.au
0413 707 313
Carer Coordinator Catherine Buchanan 4630 9562
catpaws@optusnet.com.au
0413 058 082
Fundraising Coordinator Sharon MacLeod 4630 3566
donmacleod230@hotmail.com
Education Coordinator Pam Allen 4697 9397
0427 330 904
Record Keeper John Lahdesluoma 4636 0309
john@lahdesluoma.com
4638 4154 (h) 0414 706 876
Newsletter Coordinator Alison McDonald
4631 2069 (w) mcdonala@usq.edu.au Betong in care. Photo courtesy of Trish LeeHong, Photographer : Cindy Laine
0412 183 569
Shop Coordinator Lorraine McPhee 4632 5032
lorrimac@bigpond.com
Wildlife Carers Darling Downs Inc.
0413 058 082
Promotions Officer Sharon MacLeod 4630 3566
donmacleod230@hotmail.com Rescue Hotline: 1300 555 555 with pager number 85151
or phone: 0448 062 857
www.wildlifecarersdarlingdowns.org.au

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