Dr Anne Fowler shows wildlife carers how to treat an injured bird at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre.
Dr Anne Fowler shows wildlife carers how to treat an injured bird at the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre. Luka Kauzlaric

Wildlife whisperer in town to help carers

VETERINARY surgeon Dr Anne Fowler needed only a minute of holding a female kookaburra that was picked up in Gladstone last week to discover its health.

"She's got good egg-bearing hips," she said.

The kookaburra had been taken to the Boyne Island Environmental Education Centre on Thursday, and had been picked up from around Clinton Primary School.

Dr Fowler, whose passion is Australian wildlife, was in Gladstone over the weekend to teach carers how to rehabilitate marsupials and keep birds hydrated.

"The key today was about teaching correct hydration," she said.

"The Queensland summers mean the animals that come in are traumatised, and carers need to recognise dehydration and how to treat it effectively."

The Adelaide-based vet said Gladstone was a fascinating mix of urban and industrial land, but there was also an amazing mix between big industry and keeping habitat alive.

"In areas like this where there's a lot of traffic on the roads, if we don't put these animals back in their homes we'll lose the species," she said.

"It's a cat here, a car there, it's everything that's pushing them."

Gladstone and District Wildlife Carers Association did about 700 call outs last year.



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