Howard, Jerry and I have now headed back to our respective homes and wanted to give you an update on our progress for the animals affected by the Australian floods so far. We treated dozens of animals with varying injuries including fractures, sprains, dehydration and eye issues to name a few. Some animals required multiple treatments and it's good that we were there to care for the animals in need as vet services are limited in the area - especially in relation to eye care. Howard is a great vet and as a result our team reached a huge variety of species including Wedge-tailed Eagle, echidna, koala, Swamp wallaby, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Galah, Long-nosed Bandicoot, Kestrel, Ringtail Possum, Barn Owl, Kookaburra, Rainbow Lorikeet, Bearded Dragon, Blue-tongue Lizard, insectivorous bat, Boobook Owl, Brushtail Possum, freshwater turtle, horse and chicken.
As you may have read in my previous posts, we worked with individual animal carers as well as Wildlife's Welfare Carers, in Oakey and Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Education Association in Murphy's Creek. Both of these organizations are doing great things for animals and have taken in flood-affected animals. In Murphy's Creek, the storm actually damaged some of their animal enclosures and the raptor food freezer. We will continue to offer vet training and support in Queensland to help ensure that area wildlife, livestock and pets are cared for in the long term and not just in the wake of the initial floods. As I write this, Cyclone Yasi is expected to deliver a Category 4 system with winds up to 280km/hr from Cooktown to Townsville. We are monitoring the storm and are prepared to assist as needed.
For more information on IFAW efforts to help animals in crisis around the world, visit http://www.ifaw.org