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WIRES updates members on macropods

Last weekend the local WIRES branch hosted a macropod course for members. Local Chairperson Sandy Collins said “We had a great turnout with local members as well as ones from branches as far north as North Sydney”.  The course taught members how best to care, rehabilitate and raise macropods for release back into the wild. 

“The drought has driven a lot of macropods near roads for the fresh grass, where they encounter vehicles. The mid-south coast branch currently has its hands full with orphaned kangaroos, many of them found either abandoned by their mother and malnourished or inside pouches of deceased animals” said Mrs Collins. "It is vital to check a pouch for offspring if a macropod is hit by a car and killed, if it is safe to do so. Often the babies are well protected in the pouch and survive the initial impact." 

Until mid November, members of the public can donate their bottle money through the Return and Earn machines found in Catalina, Moruya and Narooma.  Photos: Janelle Renes

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