Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals Inc




FAQ - Mammals


Macropod (Kangaroo) rescue advice

With all rescues be alert to your own possible danger first.

  • Your safety is paramount – check for any traffic, before moving the deceased female from roadway and attempting to remove joey from the pouch.
  • Kangaroo joeys at birth are around the size of a jellybean so it is important to check carefully. See below for instructions on how to remove safely from pouch.
  • Wrap joey in something warm and place in a pillow slip if one is available. Warmth is critical. Keep the animal covered at all times to reduce stress.
  • When transporting an animal, turn off your car radio/stereo - Silence is golden.
  • Keep children and domestic pets away from the joey.
  • It is important that orphaned kangaroo joeys are transferred to an experienced wildlife carer as soon as possible as they have very specialised heating and feeding requirements. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FEED THE JOEY ANYTHING, – including water unless told to do so by the RRANA rehabilitator.

Adult and larger joeys

It is difficult for most people to comprehend that native animals, when first in our care, are actually terrified of us and they cannot be expected to know that we are trying to help them.

If you find an injured adult kangaroo, it is imperative to the animal and yourselves to cover the animal’s head (if possible, the whole body) to reduce stress and allow them to calm down.

Calming the kangaroo will reduce the likelihood of you sustaining an injury whilst trying to assist the animal.

Orphaned Joeys

Helping Pinkies and Furred joeys

Always contact RRANA immediately.

Warning damage to the pinkies and furred joeys in the pouch will happen if extreme care is not taken, do not attempt if you do not feel you have the tools required, or that you cannot cut the mother’s flesh.

Never pull a joey by its legs or tail when removing it from its mother’s pouch.

Why macropods (kangaroos) sometimes need rescuing


Microbat rescue advice

Under No Circumstances should you handle a Bat.

Microbats in NSW

There are many species of microbats in the Far West of NSW ranging from the tiny Little Forest Bat weighing 4 grams to the larger White Striped Freetail which can weigh up to 45 grams.

Microbats are nocturnal and feed on insects, some species ingesting over 400 mosquitoes each per night.

Large fruit bats do not reside this far west in the state of NSW.

The various species of microbats live in different types of daytime roosts. Some species are cave dwellers, some are tree hollow dwellers, many occupy rock and wood crevices and some even roost in disused bird nests.

Several species of microbat are commonly encountered living in and around houses and urban areas. Often, they are attracted to the insects that swarm towards lights and sometimes find themselves consequently trapped inside houses and buildings.

Why microbats sometimes need rescuing


Echidna rescue advice

With all rescues be alert to your own possible danger first.

Echidnas in Australia

Echidnas are found all over Australia including regions of rainforest, dry sclerophyll forest and arid zones. They can survive extreme temperatures with localised adaptations such as denser fur found in several sub-species.

Although echidnas are seldom seen by people, they are widespread and relatively common.

Vital that echidnas are NOT moved more than 200 metres.

Moving a female echidna away from their home range area would be a death sentence to a baby puggle, waiting in the burrow nearby.

Very important to take note of the location where the echidna was found when a rescue is undertaken and to provide those details to RRANA.

Echidna in the yard

Dogs often raise the alarm about an echidna in the yard. Echidnas are very quiet animals (they do not vocalise at all) and move around mostly at night. They are very common in all areas of Australia including suburban areas and they are frequently found in people’s backyards looking for ants, termites and grubs.

It is important that you contain your dog and leave the echidna to find its own way out of your yard. Generally, if it was able to get into your yard, then it will be able to find its way back out.

Echidnas are very secretive animals so they will not move on until they feel that it is safe to do so. If they sense any disturbance (such as people or animals nearby), they will remain stationary and will not move on.

If you feel confident to do so, you can pick the echidna up and move it out of your yard into nearby bushland, however it is vital that echidnas are NOT moved more than 200 metres. Remember that they have very strong home ranges and if a female, they may have a baby in a burrow nearby. You will not be able to tell however just by looking at an adult echidna if it is a male as they have no external genitalia. Moving the echidna away from the area will be a death sentence to the baby.

Why echidnas sometimes need rescuing