Central Queensland wildlife carers busy after Cyclone Marcia
IT'S not just the people of Capricornia needing emergency accommodation and medical care in the wake of Cyclone Marcia.
The cyclone's biggest single impact was on trees, with possibly tens of thousands of the region's trees uprooted, disbranched or snapped in half.
It will be some time before the impact on the birds and animals that call those trees home, or depend on them in some way, is fully understood.
But it is heartening to know that, in among the post-cyclone chaos, the animals haven't been forgotten.
One of Wildlife Rocky's most dedicated and knowledgeable bird carers is Ukrainian-born Svetlana (Lana) Jones, who has been working around the clock trying to look after a massive influx of birds.
She said the public had been terrific with financial and in-kind donations.
"The birds have borne the brunt of the cyclone destruction," Lana said.
In the next few weeks, however, Wildlife Rocky members expect the impact will spread to gliders, bats, possums and other creatures that rely on trees for their survival.
"Some of these have already been taken into care, but many more will come," Lana said.
"For the moment though, the immediate impact is on the birds, which are dominating the numbers of wildlife taken into care in the first week.
"We received $250 from Stacey, who lives in Rockhampton, $300 from Australian Animal Rescue Inc in Victoria, $500 from Harry Kunz' Eagles Nest Wildlife Hospital in Cairns and a package of goodies from June, who lives in Emerald.
"We've also had pet cages to use as temporary bird enclosures donated from the public and a great response to an appeal for towels."
Lana encouraged readers who rescued birds in particular to pass them on to a vet or phone Wildlife Rocky on 0429469453 as soon as possible.