Feral? Is that you?

Crested Pigeon ChicksWIRES kills native birds

rw has been alerted to a very distressing incident. Unfortunately it is not the first time this has happened. One would think after all these years and so many similar events, WIRES would have worked it out by now. Incompetent.

Go to topGo straight to commentsAdd a commentRecently, a wildlife rescuer in the southern parts of NSW, reported a disturbing encounter with WIRES.

A local person had called WIRES because a crested pigeon had been attacked by a cat and was hiding injured in bushes. Crested Pigeons are Australian natives and an animal under WIRES responsibility. Every wildlife carer is expected to know this.

When the concerned local called WIRES they were told that the bird was "a feral" and therefore WIRES would not assist.

This person then rang WIRES again the next day to report yet another bird of the same species had suffered the same fate and was injured by a cat. WIRES was similarly unsympathetic.

This concerned person then rang another wildlife carer not associated with WIRES.

When this carer attended they found 4 birds dead and one severely dehydrated. Four native Crested Pigeons. The one surviving bird died during transport back to a care facility.

Feral or not, the WIRES operator did not seem to be aware of this common problem. Five birds died; four could have been saved if only a WIRES person had been sent. Perhaps they could have spoken to the cat's owner and sent a letter to the local council to help prevent it happening again.

WIRES has an obligation, especially considering the cash they beg for with emotional blackmail, to ensure that the phone operators are at least basically trained and follow through to a natural conclusion. Feral or not, it is not a good for a look for a "caring" organisation.

Their records would show one suffering feral bird, rather than five ravaged suffering dying crested pigeons. Disgraceful.

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Bunny
# RE: Feral? Is that you?Bunny 2013-10-05 16:02
Was this the WIRES call centre or a country branch running their own phones? Either way its wrong and they should check it out just curious.
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Monkey
# RE: Feral? Is that you?Monkey 2013-10-02 11:58
That is what you get when you employ people who do not know anything about rescuing and caring for wildlife. WIRES has a plethora of talent in their volunteers but refuses to engage them and even acts against them.
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Muffin
# RE: Feral? Is that you?Muffin 2013-09-30 20:14
I am not surprised. I know of a co-ordinator in a branch which is a coffee club of convenience who picks and chooses which animals they rescue (within the species range they are responsible for. If it is young and cute it gets a quick response and attention. However, if it is in the adult category there is a lack of interest and rescue calls are often not followed up and the animal is left to suffer! The BMC turns a blind eye to this practice and couldn't care less.
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