A native animal hospital in south-east Queensland says it is having to treat more than double the number of animals it was four years ago.
RSPCA Queensland said 21,723 native animals had been treated this year compared to 8,500 in 2013.
In response the Wildlife Hospital at Wacol, west of Brisbane, changed its nine-to-five opening hours to now offer around-the-clock care to keep up with demand.
“Human-derived activities and increased urbanisation means that the habitat for these animals is disappearing and they don’t have anywhere to go,” Dr Tim Portas said.
“Each animal can take a considerable amount of time to treat and there’s a tremendous amount of resources needed to deal with the animals.”
Residents must take responsibility
Dr Portas said animals that had been hit by cars were a common sight.
Other animals are being affected by general day-to-day actions of residents.
“Turtles, water fouls and birds ingest discarded hooks and fishing lines,” Dr Portas said.
“Dog attacks is another big one with many owners not keeping their dogs inside at night.
Stress caused by displacement due to urbanisation is causing skin infections on much of the local possum population, according to Dr Portas.
Ratsak and domestic poisons used by residents was also an issue.
“We need to think about what we’re putting out; many brushtail possums we treat have eaten these poisons,” he said.
“They are brought in bleeding and they need blood transfusions but sometimes they’re too far gone.”
This article was originally published by ABC.net.au.
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