A wild life caring for animals

Car accidents leave hundreds of young animals injured or orphaned every month, and its only through the generosity of organisations like the Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers that these little creatures get a second chance at life.

Foster mum Caroline Sutherland from Myocum (pictured), has been caring for this brushtail possum named Velvet since her real mother was killed in an accident near Tintenbar three months ago.

And like every mum who has to watch their children leave the nest, Caroline says it will be a sad day when Velvet returns to the wild.

Its hard to watch them grow up and then let them go, but its a wonderful feeling to see them healthy and happy after such a traumatic start in life, Caroline said. I absolutely love caring, but then I wanted to have six children and only had three, so it suits my maternal instinct. Its a very rewarding experience and you cant help but fall in love with your little foster kids.

The Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers are holding an Introduction to Possums, Gliders, Echidnas and other Small Marsupials course in Lismore next Saturday, June 3, from 9am-4pm. The course costs $7.50 and new members are very welcome to join on the day for $15. To book or find out more phone Karin on 6688 0118.


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