Wildlife Rescue Kit for your Car: Roadside Animal Accidents

Wildlife Article taken from The Biscuit magazine Posted Dec 15, 2020
Being involved in a roadside accident with an animal is deeply upsetting, however particular items kept in your car could help save wildlife.

Koalas are at high risk of vehicle collisions as they often come to the ground to move between trees. Vehicle related deaths have the second highest impact on the species after habitat clearing, with the majority of koalas killed being of breeding-age.

Hugo the koala was recently left an orphan after his mother was hit by a car and killed. A witness called the RSPCA Animal Ambulance and recalled seeing a joey with the mother, but Hugo the joey was nowhere to be seen.

The next morning, Hugo was found behind the grill of the car that hit his mother, alive against all odds. After being rescued by AWA volunteers and the RSPCA Animal Ambulance, he was quickly transported to the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital and was found to have suffered no major physical injuries. 

Hugo was reared for the next few months until he was able to make it on his own in the wild, and was finally released soon after. He now roams the Bayside Conservation area away from busy roads. Hugo’s story reinforces the significance of thoroughly checking the scene of an animal roadside accident to ensure all animals involved have been accounted for, to avoid further complications.

Unfortunately, many similar tales do not have the same happy ending. It is imperative that we make sure to take extra care on the roads to prevent collisions with our amazing Aussie wildlife.

Car Kit for Wildlife Rescue

If you do come across an injured young animal, it is helpful to have some items in your car that can assist you in keeping the animal safe on the way to the local vet or wildlife organisation

  • Towels (of various sizes to wrap up small animals)
  • Pillowcases (could be used as a substitute pouch)
  • Box (cardboard box or plastic basket)
  • Torch
  • Disposable gloves
  • First aid kit
  • Scissors or pliers
  • Pen and paper (to write down the exact location of where the injured animal was found)

what to keep in your car wildlife rescue

wildlife rescue kit for your car

“I’ve hit an animal with my car, what should I do?”

  • Pull over and stop your vehicle where safe to do so
  • Check your vehicle thoroughly for animals that may have gotten stuck
  • Call the RSPCA for assistance on 1300 ANIMAL or your local wildlife group

For more tips about what to do when you hit an animal the road or if you find an injured animal in need of help, read our Wildlife on the Road article.

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