With an estimated one billion Australian wildlife animals lost in the recent bushfire crisis that has swept the nation, many wildlife groups have been busy caring for injured and homeless animals.
Native Wildlife Rescue carer Kerstin Schweth said that the bushfires that decimated parts of the Southern Highlands and South Coast had created a ripple affect.
"The animals are slowly returning to the bushfire affected areas. Firies and rescues are going finding orphaned joeys," she said.
"We received a few possums with singed ears and paws but it will take up to a week to see how the Highlands have been affected in terms of returning wildlife.
"All injured animals need to be seen by a vet to assess the wound and establish a treatment plan."
While a course must be completed to become a wildlife carer, people can establish feeding stations to help look after wildlife returning to the area.
"Habitats and supply of food have been diminished or is gone," Ms Schweth said.
"What we can do is try and set up feeding stations and water stations for the surviving wildlife.
"We are in the process of setting those things up as soon as we can gain safe access to the fireground.
"Members of the public can help monitor these stations and refill them. We can give members of the public the supplies they need and they can go out and refill stations.
"We need to look after the survivors."
Feeding stations can include a number of things. Ms Schweth recommends:
- Generic feeding pellets
- Economix pellets
- All purpose pellets
- Fruit such as apple
"Some things might have to be hung high so birds and possums don't have to come down and feed," Ms Schweth said.
Native Wildlife Rescue is currently raising money for the bushfire appeal to help care for injured animals. To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/bushfire-wildlife-appeal.