UQ’s Rebekah Scotney with the team who saved dozens of animals from the floods.
UQ’s Rebekah Scotney with the team who saved dozens of animals from the floods. Rob Williams

Campus caring for animals

THE University of Queensland's Gatton Campus has turned into Noah's Ark with sick, lost and injured animals that survived the floods being cared for.

Dozens of pets were rescued from their owners' rooftops after trudging through mud, and some after swimming for several hours, when the devastating floods hit the Lockyer Valley last week.

A dedicated UQ veterinary team fed, washed, provided medical treatment and comfort to 35 dogs, 20 birds, 10 cats, seven horses, two rats, two quails, five guinea pigs and two Siamese fighting fish – all found in paddocks, on rooftops and some even in partially submerged houses.

Among the many stories of survival is Mia, a newborn foal who was saved from a property isolated by floodwaters near Helidon. She was barely alive.

Her mother died after being in labour for six days and her owner was unable to call for help.

Through the help of The University of Queensland's Veterinary Medical Centre, Mia is on the mend along with many other rescued pets.

UQ small-animal hospital veterinarian Bob Doneley said the campus put up their hand to assist Lockyer Valley Regional Council when its pound became unreliable because of electricity and water issues.

“The council's animal management officers did an amazing job searching houses and buildings for animals that had survived the flood,” Dr Doneley said.

Specialist equine veterinarian, Dr Andrew Van Eps, said seven horses were brought in for treatment and his staff members were heading out to farms to treat more horses.

“Quite a few horses have contracted pneumonia after breathing in floodwater while swimming to stay alive,” Dr Van Eps said.

PETS IN CARE

  • 35 dogs
  • 20 birds
  • 10 cats
  • 7 horses
  • 2 rats,
  • 2 quails
  • 5 guinea pigs
  • 5 Siamese fighting fish


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