One of the ringtail possums in Kay’s care.
One of the ringtail possums in Kay’s care.

Wildlife carers wanted

Kay Johnson has been a volunteer carer with Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers for two-and-a-half years and has looked after all sorts of animals. Recently Babe, Toni and Barney, three baby ringtail possums, came to be looked after at Kay’s place.

“They are all roughly the same age and came into care in close proximity of each other,” Kay said. “As ringtails are social creatures it is better to raise them together, though it can be a comedy of errors.

“As soon as I walk into the room Barney comes out of their box and has his paws on the cage waiting for the milk. Whereas Babe is so shy she has to be carefully wrapped in a towel with her eyes covered before she will drink.”

The trio will be hand fed with specially formulated milk for the next six weeks until they are ready to be transferred to an aviary and eventually released.

Kay said it was a pleasure being a part of the dedicated team of carers and encouraged anyone who is interested to sign up for the next training day.

“It is a joy learning about and caring for these animals. It fulfils a sense of privilege to share in their lives and eventually see them released into the wild,” Kay said.

Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers is holding an introductory training day for new members over 18 years old, focusing on basic rescue and care methods.

It will be held on Sunday, March 28, at McLeans Ridges Hall. The day will start at 9am and finish at 4pm and costs $25, which includes a year’s membership. To book or for further information please ring Jo after 9am on 6624 7778.


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