Call FAWNA NSW for injured birds or wildlife on 6581 4141

A loggerhead marine turtle was found at Lake Cathie suffering from multiple health issues. Photo: FAWNA NSW.
A loggerhead marine turtle was found at Lake Cathie suffering from multiple health issues. Photo: FAWNA NSW.

A volunteer wildlife organisation is urging members of the public to call them if they see sick or injured wildlife which require assistance.

FAWNA NSW's central coordinator for sea water shore birds and marine turtles, June LePla, said the organisation is aware of the environmental changes which are occurring within the Lake Cathie and Lake Innes systems.

The organisation's volunteers rescue, care, release or relocate native wildlife which require aid.

Two wandering albatross were recently rescued from the beach north and south of the Lake Cathie entrance.

A loggerhead marine turtle was also found suffering from multiple health issues.

"The turtle was extremely weak from numerous life-threatening issues, that it had been suffering from for some time," Ms LePla said.

The turtle was stabilised by FAWNA NSW volunteers before it was transported to Coffs Harbour for rehabilitation by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Ms LePla said all turtles are in serious trouble, predominantly as a result of climate impacting water temperatures, food availability, drowning from entanglement from fishing equipment, disturbance of nesting sites, beach developments, water pollution and discarded plastic products.

"The circumstances surrounding the albatross and marine turtle's injuries and illness were directly attributed to increasing environmental factors in our oceans," she said.

Ms LePla said it's crucial FAWNA NSW is contacted to assist wildlife in need for the preservation of marine species.

"Untrained members of the public, who have the best of intentions, can cause injury to fauna and themselves," she said.

"Protocols and care methods are very strict."

FAWNA NSW is urging members of the public to provide water for wildlife, in light of the severe drought and destructive fires.

"It does not have to be fancy but needs to be located away from domestic pets," Ms LePla said.

To become a volunteer with FAWNA NSW, to donate or for more information please visit the website www.fawna.org.au

For the rescue hotline please call 6581 4141. The emergency hotline is staffed 24 hours a day.

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