Numbers count for injured wildlife


A MOTORIST who stopped to help after a kangaroo collided with a car on Mornington-Flinders Rd early Friday morning realised he didn’t know who to call to help the animal in its agony.

Wally Sutton and the driver of the car that hit the kangaroo approached the injured animal which had dragged itself off the road and appeared to have broken its hind legs.

“It was in agony,” wife Jenny Webber said. “Then the ring-around began: the driver called his wife who suggested the Main Ridge vet’s after-hours contact, who said call the council, the council said call the ranger, the ranger said call the police …

“When my husband left, the distressed driver was calling 000 to see what could be done.”

Ms Webber has urged readers to put the Wildlife Victoria contact number 1300 094 535 into their mobile phones. The voluntary organisation will call the nearest volunteer to attend to the injured animal.

Mornington Peninsula wildlife help organisation WHOMP can be called any time on 0477 555 611. Peninsula Vet Care East Mornington, on Mornington-Tyabb Rd, assists rescued wildlife. It is open 8am-11pm seven days a week. Call 5975 7766. The vet will also collect injured domestic animals for a fee.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 5 September 2017


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