|Posted by wildlifeoutwest on February 18, 2012 at 6:30 PM|
On 17th February WOW received a phone call from a carer in a another area asking if we could attend a possum in a tree in Footscray, it was injured.
We rang the person who made the original call and found that it was not a possum but a grey headed flying fox caught in bird netting.
Our rescuers were off... stopping to collect rescue equipment and heading from werribee to Footscray west.
They arrived to find a juvenile grey headed flying fox entangled in bird netting that was covering a fig tree. The people at the property were quite concerned and felt terrible for using bird netting. They simpply did as they were told.. cover your tree to stop flying foxes eatting your fruit..
The ladies decided never to use netting again on thier trees.
The grey headed flying fox was brought into our wildlife shelter where it had the remaining netting removed and it was treated. Still in care. It will be released in the same vicinity when given the all clear.