“No ray of sunlight is ever lost, but the green that it wakes needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith.”
by Albert Schweitzer
An update on ‘Sorry’,
‘Sorry’ came to us when he was approximately 197 days old, he weighed only 970 grams, when he should have weighed at least 1488, this is 518 grams lighter then he should be. This is well over a THIRD of his weight.
He really is a fighter to pull through from this. In the last Week, on average, he has gained 24 grams a day. This is well over the average of 16.8 grams a day. He sucking on the bottle so hard now, he is like a vacuum.
Slowly but surely he is coming around, his fur is growing back and he is much more lively. Every day is another achievement.
It will be very hard to let him go when he is old enough and strong enough to take care of himself. But it will be best for him, as he belongs in the wild, this is what caring is about, making sure that the animal returns to the wild, knowing that they can look after themselves.
‘Sorry’. Harry named him because we were so sorry for the hurt and torture that he had been through with a so called carer. Anne, one of our longest volunteers and committee member, broke down at the sight of him. This poor Eastern Grey joey could barely open his eyes. He could not hold his head up. He couldn’t even suck milk as he was so weak. He was literally on deaths door. The sight of him was horrendous. You could see every bone, every membrane in his tiny little body. He had lost a third of his weight which is frightening in itself and his skin was starting to strangle him from being so dehydrated.
We told this little man that he had to fight and we would fight with him. And so we fought together. He has been with us 10 days now, each day a battle. Every second he was in our thoughts with the worry that he wouldn’t make it to the next day.
We are all so proud, we hope that he is now out of the danger zone and can recover with the love and care that he has here at Eagles Nest.
Harry Kunz first began his life-long mission in Kuranda caring for flying foxes, before moving to Millstream Estate where he built, from the ground up, the now well-known Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital. Here, he has direct involvement in the care and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife with the hope that each animal can be released back into the wild. For those who are un-releasable due to permanent disability, Eagles Nest becomes there home.
Harry has committed his entire life to rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing the unique native wildlife of Australia. He is one of the few wildlife carers in northern Australia with the knowledge, expertise and facilities to appropriately rehabilitate large raptors, especially wedge-tailed eagles. Harry takes in all animals and has never, and will never, turn a blind eye to any animal in distress.
Eagles Nest provides injured wildlife with a second chance to recover from stressful and life-threatening injuries. Harry lives his life, purely for the benefit of our Australian wildlife and environment. As well as caring for all animals that come into his care, he also collects data on our native Flora & Fauna and researches new approaches and better techniques of treating animals; this enables him to give his animals the highest quality of care.
Harry also provides the community facilities for education where there is learning material, guided tours, information sessions and special training for active carers. His experience and expertise is recognized throughout the world.
Harry is respected among his peers and generously donates his time and money to do what he can to save our native wildlife that would otherwise be left to suffer and die.
With this said, Harry still ages like everyone else, and after numerous operations to put him back together so he can continue his work, Harry has decided that the best thing for Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital is to find somebody to continue his work. Harry wishes to find a person or a couple that are willing to put in the hard yards, somebody with a passion, understanding and appreciation of wildlife and our environment.
Working at Eagles Nest is hard work, though it pays off by rewarding you with experience and the knowledge that you have given something back to Mother Nature. Be prepared to get dirty and enjoy midnight emergency calls. You need to be physically fit and mentally able to deal with the demands of the animals and the joys and sadness of releasing or losing an animal.
You will not only be working here, you will be fighting for the rights of our native animals whilst running an office. This is not a paid job; this is an opportunity for a new lifestyle. You need to be prepared for anything and everything; This profession is not for the fainthearted.
Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital is not a zoo; it is much deeper, we benefit the whole of Australia with our determination to saving our wildlife and environment. There are no borders or restrictions on what we can achieve.
If you want to do something good in your life, start now. There will be a trial period where you will learn everything you need to know from Harry. Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital is a not-for-profit organization, please understand that if you plan to approach this offer in the hope you will gain riches, you will, you will find riches in the sense of the lives that you save. You will be respected and admired for the effort you put in to save Australia’s most precious assets, our wildlife and environment.
Eagles Nest is run by volunteers with a real passion for caring for our wildlife and environment. If you have this same passion and believe you have the determination to take on such a huge responsibility, we would like to hear from you. Please contact our office on (07) 4097 6098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, feel free to visit our website at www.eaglesnestwildlifehospital.wordpress.com
From an outside point of view:
It’s seems as if true wildlife carers are far and few in-between. It makes you wonder if there could actually be a solution to all of this. If you say you are an active carer – and then you say no to an animal which may die because of your decision. YOU ARE NOT A CARER. If you pick and choose which animal you want to take care of – YOU DO NOT DESERVE TO BE A CARER. And the ones that should be caring never seem to go all the way to get the permits and become a legal active carer with the support of an organisation. There is no end to the excuses, lies and disillusion. The definition of caring is – the work or practice of looking after those unable to care for themselves. It is a selfless profession, so why are some so selfish.
This is only one of the issues around wildlife protection and caring for wildlife. For Australia, I am ashamed that most organisations or solo carers do not want to work together. They are too busy chasing attention and image. Have you forgotten why we do what we do? It is to save our wildlife and to protect and preserve our environment.
You probably wonder who I am and where I come from. I grew up on a banana and cattle farm. I worked from when I was five to help keep the family farm afloat. I grew up learning and caring for wildlife as well as any injured, sick or abandoned animals. I learnt and understood that sometimes nature has to take its course. I wanted to learn about the world, how things work, processes, procedures, everything and so I did, I tried my hardest to learn everything I could, and I still do. I am only young though I have seen enough. I currently volunteer at a Wildlife Hospital where I have a chance to help make a difference. Here I have learnt that animals, our wildlife, are kind, they are intelligent, they have families, they have emotions and they listen. They do not need us, but we need them. Without them our whole ecosystem would not exist, therefore neither do we.
The thoughtless destruction and killing of our native environment will eventually lead to the downfall of the human race. Something needs to be done before it is too late. Is the human race really so ignorant and thoughtless that they cannot see what is happening. There are approximately 1788 species already extinct in Australia. There are approximately another 43 species Critically Endangered, 143 Endangered and 200 classed as vulnerable. Australia is the youngest country and we are leading the world in lost and losing species.
If we continue this way of life, of only living for ourselves, we will lose all that is important. Just imagine, if we lose our top predator, we become overrun with vermin. This will be the beginning of the end.
If this happens it will be our fault. There are a few people that really do care and they are doing it on their own, the government does not support carers and true wildlife protectors because of the image portrayed by others. A zoo is not a wildlife sanctuary, it is a money maker. Their animals are kept to make money. When was the last time you saw a disabled animal on display. IT DOES NOT HAPPEN because it is ILLEGAL to display an injured or disabled animal. You can only display perfect animals, animals that should actually be released. Isn’t this wrong?
Why even bother teaching your kids the beauty of our planet, about the animals and the environment, when – if we continue on this path – by the time your kids reach your age, there will be nothing left. My mother always said to me, if you show respect and truly show appreciation, you will go far in life. Two simple things and they are not hard to do.
I am only young, though I have seen so many things in life that have just broken my heart. I know that you have seen things like this too. But most people don’t do a thing about it. They think it is not their problem. Do you forget that we as humans are just another species. This is our planet. WE are responsible – WE need to appreciate and respect it – and WE need to do something to stop the destruction.
This morning a lady brought in a Sugar Glider that she found on her driveway that morning.
After a quick inspection, so not to stress the glider out, we found that by the bites and marks over its body, it has been attacked by a dog and consequently the poor little thing has had its spine broken, paralysing its legs.
This is very sad, this is the result of humans not taking responsibility for their domestic animals. The Lady that found the Glider had her dogs and cats in appropriate enclosures, which means there are dogs roaming the streets and hunting at night.
What would happen if this dog had attacked a small child, then it would be a serious offence. But when a dog takes the life of an equally important creature, nothing happens. It is never the dogs fault, it is their instinct to hunt and chase things. The owner should be held accountable.
Watch where you step! In the last week or so, Eagles Nest has had a dozen calls about snakes in the bathroom, snakes in the roof, snakes in the chook pen, snakes and more snakes.
If you see a snake usually the best method is to leave it be. As long as nobody is in danger, the snake should pass by or move on when it is ready. It is when you corner them that they become most dangerous.
If you feel like you are in danger, please call the appropriate handler to catch the snake. Do not attempt to handle the snake, even if you believe it to be non-venomous.
If you are bitten by a snake, call Triple-0 as soon as possible.
Harry handling a beautiful small non-venomous python found in the roof of a chook pen. Harry is a qualified snake handler and has 31 years of experience with them.
Note: Most snake handlers are weary when it comes to venomous snakes, it only takes a second to get bitten. If you are not qualified with no experience but think you can catch it. DONT, leave it to the experts.
Fritz, a young Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, and what a character he is. He is a beautiful healthy bird with an enormous vocabulary. He has a tendency to fall in love with beautiful women, and is always craving attention.
Some of his favourite sentences include:
Hello, what cha doin?
Hello cocky, what cha doin now?
He also talks like a radio announcer and sadly he has also picked up a few swear words.
Fritz has become a much loved family member to all here at Eagles Nest and is such great company to have.
To our committee, a dedicated group of hard working volunteers. It can only be said that there is no words for how much Eagles Nest appreciates your time, patience, and charities. From all the people in the world, there are six hard working Aussie’s that deserve a medal and a well deserved day off.
Through the disasters and catastrophes, the good times and really good times, Eagles Nest Committee has stood strong.
Thank you for your time.
Thank you for your hard work.
Thank you for your donations
And thank you, most of all for supporting Eagles Nest through thick and thin.
Rock Wallabies are a group of small Australian Macropods. Their habitat includes rocky escarpments, boulder piles and cliffs, where crevices and caves give them protection from predators and the elements.
Rock Wallabies live in colonies of up to 100 animals. Although they are largely nocturnal, rock wallabies sun themselves in the early morning and late afternoon, especially in winter. Most species of Rock Wallabies eat grasses, herbs and the leaves of trees and bushes.
Rock Wallabies tend to breed continuously, with females producing young all year round. The single joey is born after a months gestation and makes its way to its mothers pouch where it spends the next six to seven months suckling.
Many Rock Wallaby populations in southern and central Australia have disappeared since European settlement, and several species now face extinction. For thousands of years, eagles, pythons and dingoes have preyed on Rock Wallabies. They were also hunted by Aborigines. Now they contend with foxes, feral cats, cars and trucks.
Millie’s mother was killed and luckily somebody rescued her and brought her here to Eagles Nest. This precious little girl, is now under the Harry’s vigilant care and is fast becoming independent.
A Rock Wallaby can live up to 15 years old.
Mille is only about 6 months old, so with our care, a healthy and happy life is ahead for her.
Merry Christmas to All from Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital
2012 Has certainly been an eventful year for Eagles Nest.
We had some bad times when a mean spirited person started rumours that nearly led to Eagles Nest closing down. But through calm and quick thinking, all of the allegations were dismissed and Eagles Nest able to continue the hard work of caring for injured and orphaned Australian wildlife.
On a plus side, the Education Centre is everything we hoped it would be, our grounds are looking great, and we have rescued and released many of our beautiful native animals. Jaz and Heath have been a real boon for the sanctuary. A lovely lady – Anita (with help from her kids Dannika and Jordan) is continuing to
do an amazing job of fundraising, selling raffle tickets and lollies throughout Atherton and the at the local markets. A big thank you to Anne for her continual support and always there when help is needed.
We are all so grateful that Eagles Nest has had another successful year.
Jaz joined Eagles Nest about eight weeks ago after moving to the area a couple of months earlier. She and her partner Heath, had left the coast, which has proven very fortunate for us at Eagles Nest. Harry first met them when they called about a kangaroo that had been attacked by a dog and was at the front of their property.
A week or so later, they brought a kingfisher that had consumed a chemical. Over coffee, Harry learned that Heath was a talented handyman (something we always need) and
Jaz very useful in the office.
After seeing the need for some organisation within the office, Jaz joined the committee taking on the demanding role of secretary.
She has performed miracles in a very short time, taking a lot of Harry’s stress on to her capable shoulders.
Their help has been invaluable at a time when so much has been happening and we all feel much more positive about the future of Eagles Nest with supporters like Jaz and Heath.
On Saturday, December 1st, Eagles Nest celebrated the completion of our Education Centre with an Open Day. Everybody was invited to see our sanctuary up close with tours given by John Frois (a long time committee member) and walk through the centre. The Education Centre will always be a work in progress as improvements are constantly made both within and without.
We would like to thank Jennifer Amess once again for obtaining the grants that made all this happen. This long-time dream of ours was only made possible by her many hours of hard work. Also, thank you to the people that attended and enjoyed meeting the animals and seeing the changes that are always taking place throughout the property. Finally, we would like to thank the wonderful volunteers who give so much of their time towards fundraising and work on maintenance and improvements at Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital.
Our new Environmental, Education & Training Centre.
Since 2005 Eagles Nest has focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of increasing numbers of injured and orphaned Australian Native animals.
There is more interest in native wildlife but little understanding of how wildlife is harmed by human activities and how to care for injured animals.
This problem requires structured information/education for the general public and specialist training for carers.
Eagles Nest Education Centre is the only existing display/centre that covers North Queensland’s range of wildlife, or emphasises long term wildlife protection. We provide information and training sessions for the general public and wildlife carers in the hope that the Australian public will gain a better appreciation towards our unique wildlife and environment.