Australia’s flood casualties include a turtle which had its head stuck in a drain grate and an echidna washed up on a beach.
They are just some of the animals that suffered in Queensland’s raging floods and now veterinarians are working overtime to save them.
Native animals have been displaced or made ill by the fetid water
Staff at Australia Zoo, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland said they were struggling to cope with a dramatic increase in injured wildlife that have been swept up in the floods, or become disorientated while seeking higher ground.
Two-thirds of Queensland has been devastated by floods over the past three weeks.
Now that the floodwaters have drained from the cities and towns, the full horror of the devastation wrought when the Brisbane River burst its banks is being realised.
Head of the Australia Zoo Rescue Unit, Brian Coulter, said they have received hundreds of calls since Sunday and staff are working overtime to help.
“The majority of those calls have been for wildlife that have been displaced from their homes and are disorientated, and we have been able to assist in helping them get back to their habitat before they become too stressed or get injured,” Mr Coulter said.
“The wet weather has been rough on the local wildlife.”
An Echidna named Queenie was one animal that unwillingly ventured from home during the Australian floods.
The prickly critter was found washed up on the beach in Redcliffe.
She is being treated for water inhalation and will be monitored for pneumonia.
Meanwhile, Molly the broad-shelled turtle was found at Morayfield, north of Brisbane, with her head stuck in a grate.
She has a fractured shell and swollen head.
They are both expected to recover and be released back into the wild.
The Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane has rescued at least 72 koalas, which were displaced from their habitat by the floods.
Snakes and kangaroos have also been isolated.