Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital

Our aim is to have direct involvement in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Australian Native Wildlife whilst caring for the environment.

Cockalahs

Cockalahs

Our hopelessly in love Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Charlotte, and Galah, Pinky, took their rehabilitation to a whole new level in producing fertile offspring together!

The odd offspring, which have been dubbed ‘Cockalahs’ have recently moved out of the nest permanently and are now exploring and self feeding as young adults…Though they stick close to their protective parents and still occasionally beg for some food…But the young Cockalahs are very healthy and have suprised everyone who has seen them!

Both Cockalahs, from the same clutch, look completely different to one another, and are still too young to see if they will change colour with age as Galah’s do…One even looks like a giant Galah sized Cockatiel!
Many birdos have been surprised and stumped by the successful breeding as it would never naturally occur in the wild and has only rarely occurred in captivity by intentional breeding…

Ours however, were a bit of an accident with the parents bonded with one another by love and not for the sake of breeding!

Keep watch for photos of these two as they grow and no doubt change colour! ūüėÄ

More coming in by the day!

More coming in by the day!

Since the new year we have seen many new animals come into care, including this handsome Brushtail Possum, Rusty, who we found in our chook shed suffering Stress Dermatitis…

We have had three brushtails come in in just the last couple weeks and sadly several have been seen locally hit on the roads…

Please remember when out and about to always pull over and check the roadkill for orphaned joeys in the pouches! Then help the survival of carnivorous animals by moving the roadkill into the bushes to prevent birds like Eagles and Kites, and animals like endangered Quolls from being hit on the road while feeding.

Just by doing this very simple thing, you can help save so many lives!

‘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. 

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Millie – a one of a kind

005Millie, our bubba girl, is finally starting to leave the nest. She’s out and about sometimes all day, sometimes all night, but still comes back home for the morning ritual.

1. Millie hisses as soon as you walk in the door then she jumps on the bench.

2. Tired and wobbly, someone cuts sweet potato for her as she’s bouncing around you in excitement.

3. Millie eats a ridiculous amount of sweet potato, whilst coffee is made.

4. Millie falls asleep in the palm of your hand, tired from her midnight adventures.

Millie will be dearly missed when she completely goes out on her own. One thing’s for sure, she is a one of a kind.

 

 

 

Dingo x – – to hell and back

Continuation from Harry’s Facbook Post

This is our new little man, brought in from Mount Garnet Area.  Because of the cruel actions by a few young kids, this Dingo-x is permanently disabled.

First he lost his mother and siblings, they were all shot to death.  He had been living close to where he was born and had never caused the station owner any hassles.  A few idiots decided they would chase him down on a quad bike for fun.  His hip had either been broken or severely dislocated by the force of the collision.

A lovely young lady took him under her wing and cared for him for four weeks until she decided he would have a much safer life here at Eagles Nest. Because his hip was never professionally treated, it has healed in the wrong spot. To fix the damage would take major surgery and would put his life at risk.

Currently it does not seem to cause him pain. He is a sweet little guy although he is very scared. He has made a few new friends here and has settled in nicely.

Something that all Dingo lovers wish for is for everybody to just accept them. ¬†Thoughtless murder and cruelty deserves justice. ¬†The groups that are fighting for this right, and Dingo rights, please don’t ever give up.

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Ollie the Eagle

Ollie is sponsored by a long time supporter of Eagles Nest.  Through sponsorship you can help give an injured, sick or orphaned animal the best quality of care.  Ollie is permanently disabled and is unable to be released, the lady that sponsors him named him after her husband. Her support towards Ollie is greatly appreciated.

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‘Sorry’

“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

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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.

 

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‘Sorry’ – Our little fighter

‘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.

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‘Sorry’ our little fighter, the first day we had him.

 

 

 

 

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Four Days after

 

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.

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Today’s photo – Sorry sleeping snug and sound.

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.

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 ‚Äď 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.¬†

Animal Files #10

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.003 004 002