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Shock dump find

Thursday, 3rd November, 2016

This Nankeen Kestrel chick is in safe hands after being found at the dump last week calling its parents for food. This Nankeen Kestrel chick is in safe hands after being found at the dump last week calling its parents for food.

A woman was at the city’s tip when she heard a plaintive cry amongst the rubbish. 

“At first she thought ‘don’t tell me someone has dumped a kitten,” said Barbara Hands, who has long looked after birds as a member of the local wildlife group RRANA.

“To her surprise it was this little Nankeen Kestrel.”

Nankeen Kestrels are members of the Falcon family and are Australia’s smallest bird of prey.

This little one was calling for food, said Mrs Hands, and it is now being cared for by RRANA (Rescue and Rehabilitation of Australian Native Animals) which has people who have been trained specifically to look after such birds.

“The question remains how this one ended up where it was found, as it certainly wasn’t in its natural habitat,” Mrs Hands said.

“One possibility is that it was snatched by a crow and dropped there,” she said. “I guess the answer will remain a mystery.”

Anyone who finds a native animal needing care can call the RRANA hotline 0429 204 416.

Birds of prey needed specialist care and must be cared for by a licenced wildlife group, Mrs Hands said. 

She said that anyone without a licence who took and kept a native animal might think that they were doing the right thing, but it was an offence and penalties applied.

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