Prompted by another successful rescue, the Australian Seabird and Turtle Rescue South Coast Branch wants to remind people about what to do when it comes to helping sick/injured animals.
The reminder was prompted by a little penguin, which recently came into the group's care after being found stranded on a local beach.
The little penguin was recently released back to where she belongs.
The successful rehab and release was a case of people doing the right thing when it comes to finding a sick or injured seabird or marine reptile.
The little penguin, when found, was not moving away when approached.
Upon examination, she had a minor injury to the eye and was a little underweight.
After a couple of weeks in care, she reached her optimal release weight and was released back to her natural environment.
Here is what to do or not to do if you ever face a similar situation.
- Please where possible stay near the animal keeping people and pets away. This also helps our rescuers to find you and the animal in a more timely manner than if you left the area.
- Drop a pin of your exact location.
- Take pictures from a safe distance of the animal and it's injuries, from multiple angles.
- Remain calm, be clear and concise when communicating with our team on the hotline.
Remember if you find a sick or injured seabird or marine reptile on the south coast, please call our hotline on 0431 282 238.
The group is also looking for support when it comes to the Greater Illawarra Bank's Community Funding Program
The bank, each month, gives away $3000 to local groups who are giving back to the communities they serve.
Go here to vote for the Australian Seabird and Turtle Rescue South Coast Branch.