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Wildlife Shot With Air Rifle Pellets Recovered And Launched Into The Wild


The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital is delighted to have launched two sufferers again into the wild after they had been discovered with air rifle pellets lodged of their our bodies; Bonnie the widespread brushtail possum and Cruiser the lace monitor.

In partnership with Crime Stoppers Queensland, Wildlife Warriors is working in direction of additional defending our native fauna, because the Wildlife Hospital continues to see a big improve in sufferers who’re deliberately being harmed by people.



“Cruiser the lace monitor was shot six occasions with an air rifle pellet, and was hit by a automotive. Fortunately, we had been capable of launch him again into the wild following a full restoration,” mentioned Terri Irwin, Founding father of Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.

“It’s great that Cruiser healed from his accidents, however that is simply one other reminder that animals have to be protected against such dangerous acts, and we hope that our partnership with Crime Stoppers Queensland will result in info on these accountable.”

Cruiser remained in take care of six weeks on the Wildlife Hospital and was handled with ache reduction and specialised treatment. He additionally suffered from a fractured jaw as a result of being hit by a automotive. Cruiser was launched by the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit, that operates seven days every week responding to all types of wildlife emergencies.

Bonnie the widespread brushtail possum had three air rifle pellets lodged in her physique, and was carrying a joey in her pouch when she first arrived. Fortunately, she too recovered from her accidents and was launched again to her pure habitat.

“With the lifesaving efforts of our veterinary workforce on the Wildlife Hospital, Bonnie and Cruiser obtained a second probability within the wild. Steve all the time envisioned a world the place people and wildlife would reside harmoniously with one another, and we attempt in direction of attaining that daily by way of our necessary work at Wildlife Warriors,” Terri mentioned.

Within the final two months, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital additionally obtained an ibis, a cockatoo and a second lace monitor, all with air rifle pellets lodged of their our bodies. Sadly, they did not make it as a result of severity of the accidents sustained. 

Wildlife Warriors is proud to have joined forces with Crime Stoppers Queensland and Australia Zoo in an effort to guard wild native animals from illegal prison exercise. Vital rewards are being provided to these offering info resulting in the prosecution of these chargeable for such unlawful acts towards Queensland’s defenceless wildlife.

Wildlife Warriors was based by Steve and Terri Irwin in 2002 as a means of together with folks within the conservation of the world’s most threatened wildlife species and pure habitats. At the moment, with eleven international conservation tasks and three huge conservation properties, Wildlife Warriors continues to hold on Steve’s dream to save lots of one, save the species. 

The Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital operates across the clock, twelve months a yr and has handled over 110,000 animals since opening its doorways in 2004. As one of many world’s largest and busiest purpose-built wildlife hospitals, we’re taking part in a significant function in saving Australia’s native species. 

To assist us in our conservation efforts, go to wildlifewarriors.org.au.

To report against the law towards wildlife, contact Crime Stoppers Queensland on 1800 333 000, anonymously.


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