Shepparton resident Justin Hunter felt helpless when he saw an echidna desperately trying to find higher ground as waters rose around the township yesterday.
Hunter told 9news.com.au he saw something moving in a body of water and muddy debris before realizing it was a native animal.
“My partner and I tried to find a way to save him, but it was too dangerous.
“He was swept away by the current under the carriageway, so we crossed the road to make sure he came out the other side. He got out and that’s when I recorded.
“We stood there watching until we felt he could reach a tree or some branches. He appeared to grab a tree and climb some branches before we had to leave the area.”
Hunter said his family was on the “high side” of town, about a mile from the floods.
But he always does his part for his community.
“The Rapid Response Team, ADF and locals are doing an amazing job.”
The echidna incident comes after a mud-covered kangaroo was rescued from Kiolla Lakes in a flooded area.
Bohollow Wildlife Shelter answered the call and rescued the marsupial.
They urge motorists to be extra careful on the roads.
“They are scared, wet and exhausted.
“Please be mindful of their fate.
“We are doing all we can to help, but slowing down, being aware and understanding that our wildlife are struggling in these conditions makes a huge difference to them.”
Wildlife Victoria said they have been busy since the wet weather started in the middle of last week.
They echoed the message to motorists and shared a video of a wombat trying to escape floodwaters along a road in Ghin Ghin.
The wombat was picked up around 2 p.m. yesterday by a volunteer.
“He was a little feisty and we had to deal with a few brown snakes in the area who were also trying to get away from the flooding,” Wildlife Victoria said.
“We transported him to our nearby shelter in Yea and put him in a pen with hay so he could rest.
“He’s stable at the moment and we don’t think anything is broken, but we’ll know more once we can get out of the flooding and get to the vet.”
Wildlife Victoria has urged anyone who encounters wildlife in distress to call them rather than intervene themselves.
“In conditions like these it can be extremely dangerous,” he said.
“At this time of year, most of our wildlife is with young, including chicks in nests and kangaroos and wombat joeys on foot and in pouches.
“This makes our wildlife particularly vulnerable during extreme weather events.
“We have a trained emergency response team who are available 24/7 and will be able to make an assessment over the phone and provide the most appropriate course of action.”
The most affected species are kangaroos and possums, birds driven from nests and found waterlogged, leading to potential conditions such as hyperthermia.
“We have received several calls from public crowds reporting eastern gray kangaroos trapped by rising water and numerous orphaned possums that have been found wet and alone on the ground,” he said.
“We also have reports of wombats being moved where their burrows are flooded and echidnas being moved.”
There are currently over 60 flood warnings in effect across Victoria, stretching from just north of Melbourne to the NSW border.
At the time, a WIRES spokesperson told 9news.com.au that burrowing animals such as wombats, echidnas and snakes are most at risk as rain floods their burrows.
With no end in sight to the wet weather, the spokesperson said it was impossible to estimate the true number of dead and displaced animals.
Australia is grappling with a third consecutive La Niña event, which is not expected to subside until early next year.
“With another La Nina summer predicted, sea turtle nests will be in the crosshairs of increased storm activity,” said Holly West of NSW TurtleWatch.
“Turtle nesting tracks disappear from the beach very quickly, so the sooner we know of tracks or the location of a potential nest, the better.
“This allows us to monitor the nest early on and take action to save the eggs if the nest is at risk of being flooded by high tides or impacted by other threats, such as predators, erosion or pollution. bright.”
In 2021-2022, 11 sea turtle nesting activities were recorded on NSW beaches.
“From the nests we managed to relocate last year, 376 baby turtles hatched and made their way to the ocean,” she added.
“That’s nearly 400 baby turtles rescued by members of the public who called us.”
Kangaroo ‘covered in mud’ found in flooded area