Centennial Park is the home to many residents – birds, fish, eels, spiders, bugs, flying foxes and possums amongst others. While this mix usually co-exists well, occasionally the balance can be upset and one of our residents may need some help. Like little Lang. Here’s Lang’s story.

Our trees are a home and adventure playground for many possums, however back in March this year, a park visitor brought a baby possum to our Rangers’ attention. The park visitor had come across a baby possum who was being attacked by birds.

 

March 2013 - our little friend is rescued, weighing just 105 grams.

March 2013 – our little friend is rescued, weighing just 105 grams.

 

After a little TLC, our Parklands Ranger wrapped the baby possum and took him to a nearby vet for a bit of a once-over.

 

Nicknamed "Lang" by its rescuers, WIRES took our little friend in for some recovery and TLC.

Our little friend was nicknamed “Lang” as it was found near Lang Road.

 

After some attention by the vet, little Lang was transferred to June, a volunteer at the wonderful organisation, WIRES.

 

Lang heads to the care of WIRES volunteers

Lang heads to the care of WIRES volunteers

 

A few months pass…

 

Lang stayed with volunteer June until July

Lang stayed with volunteer June until July

 

And then come July…

June reports that Lang is well. He’s over 1kg in weight now (adults grow to around 2.5 kg). The WIRES volunteers have been feeding him native plants and introduced him to an aviary to encourage him to develop his climbing and jumping skills.

 

Lang in July heads to the aviary

Lang in July heads to the aviary

 

With this progress and growth we plan to return Lang to Centennial Park in 4-6 weeks.

 

Injured animals in Centennial Parklands

While this ended up a heartwarming story, there is a more serious element to it that we all should be aware of. If you come across injured animals and birds in the Parklands, please let one of our Rangers know, and we do not encourage you to approach or touch it.

Not only are our Rangers trained to handle such birds and animals, but there are good reasons why it’s not your or the animals interest:

  • the animal / bird may be injured but see you as a threat. In such instances, they may lash out or try to bite in self-protection.
  • if it is a baby animal / bird, the parent(s) may not be far away, and you approaching their baby may be seen as a threat.
  • it is important for our Rangers to know where the animal / bird is found, as in some instances the tree or part of the Park it is found in may be its natural home – and is the place we will repatriate the injured creature too after recovery.
  • while low risk, there is still the chance some animals may carry a disease that may be passed to humans if you are scratched.

Also, this is one of the key reasons dog walkers must keep their dogs on-leash in certain areas of the Parklands.

If you are a regular visitor to the Parklands, save our Rangers’ 24-hour number in your phone in case you come across injured wildlife: 0412 718 611.

 

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