After native animals are rescued, they usually require treatment for shock, so please don’t feed them. The first 24 hours of care are so important when caring for a sick, injured or orphaned animal. (Chapter 4: First Aid and Emergency Care)
Tips to help you with emergency care:
- Provide warmth.
- Provide a stress-free environment.
- Provide high-energy fluids.
- Contact your local wildlife care group or vet clinic for assistance.
Once you have rescued a native animal, such as this Kookaburra, your next step will be to find out how to feed and house it in captivity. (Chapter 5: Captive Management)
Kookaburras use their large strong beaks to feed on rodents, small birds, lizards and small snakes as well as large insects and worms. They can be housed in a large tall aviary with thick branches for perching. Kookaburras do best when returned to the original site they came from, within 3 weeks if possible. (Chapter 8: Birds)