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5 December 2012

Wombats Hamish and Andy’s start to life was anything but funny, orphaned when their mums were hit by cars and killed. It’s a timely reminder from Healesville Sanctuary to be careful when driving.

Andy from Alexandra weighed just 260 grams when he was rescued from his dead mother’s pouch from the side of the road and Hamish came from Don Valley weighing just 600 grams. They’re off the critical list now, thanks to wildlife carers Sue Samphier, Elise Cornwall and Shareen Bradbrook.

“It’s a timely warning for motorists to be on alert for an increase in the number of Victorian native wildlife wandering onto our roads,” Mr Glen Holland, Director, Healesville Sanctuary said.

“With the days getting longer and warmer, and the arrival of mating season, many of Victoria’s native animals are more active which can create potential traffic hazards for motorists”, Mr Holland warned.

Every year more than 2000 native animals in need of specialist veterinary care arrive at the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary.

“Sadly, we also see some of our most endangered wildlife are injured or killed on Victoria’s roads around this time,” Mr Holland said.

Anyone seeking veterinary advice can call the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary on (03) 5957 2829 between 10am and 4pm or RACV Wildlife Connect on 13 11 11, a 24 hour service immediately connecting to one of three Victorian-based volunteer wildlife groups.

Your support helps us fight extinction of Australia’s unique wildlife. Healesville Sanctuary is a not-for-profit conservation organisation.

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