VULNERABLE JOEY: Durong wildlife carer Simon Stretton with 'Shelly' the black-striped wallaby joey he rescued earlier this month.
VULNERABLE JOEY: Durong wildlife carer Simon Stretton with 'Shelly' the black-striped wallaby joey he rescued earlier this month. Jessica McGrath

What to do if you come across a joey in need of rescue

WILDLIFE carer Simon Stretton believes drivers have a responsibility to stop and check wildlife lying on the side of the road.

He said it was important to check for surviving young, but urged motorists to take precautions.

"Drivers should never put their own safety at risk when checking animals," Mr Stretton said.

The Durong Dingo Sanctuary owner, who recently rescued a joey, said drivers should open the animal's pouch to check for a joey when it was safe to do so.

"See how big the joey is and if it's connected to the teat, don't detach it," Mr Stretton said.

"Take the whole animal to the vet, do not pull the joey off the teat."

If the joey is bigger and not attached to the teat, it can be removed from the pouch.

"Grab towels to wrap around the joey to keep it warm," Mr Stretton said.

A Department of Environment and Science representative said people should be careful when trying to catch a wild animal.

"Wild animals are not used to being handled and will be very frightened, shock will kill animals very quickly," they said.

"Wild animals may behave erratically and may bite or scratch the handler, so you should avoid touching any animal if you don't have the proper skill or equipment."

The department said it was often helpful to place the animal in a dark place, such as in a cardboard box, in a quiet and warm area.

People should then get in contact with a wildlife carer or vet who would then decide the best course of action for the animal.

The Wildlife Rescue South Burnett's team of wildlife carers can be contacted on 4168 2909.

Wildlife Rescue South Burnett rescues animals across the South Burnett, from Kumbia and Yarraman to Goomeri and Gayndah, and carers can also be contacted via their Facebook page.

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