Animals

‘Sorry’ on Valentine’s Day

‘Sorry’, I can’t express how wonderful it is to spend time with him. Our little man, our little fighter.

I smiled for hours afterwards seeing him take his first wobbly steps, how it melted my heart, this was such a wonderful gift it was on Valentine’s Day.

I hope you enjoy as much as I did. 

2013-02-14

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Opportunity for a new Lifestyle

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.

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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 eaglesnestwildlifehospital.org@gmail.com

For more information, feel free to visit our website at www.eaglesnestwildlifehospital.wordpress.com

The Truth About Our Survival:

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.

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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. 

Fritz

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?
Yeh, Rightio
Hello darling
Hello Gorgeous
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.

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