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Caring for Mammals

When handling, hold the tail and at least one hind leg as well as holding the head firmly at the back of the neck.

Do not grab a Quenda (bandicoot) by the tail, as it is very fragile.

Provide warmth and quiet and darkness.

The animal will be stressed and may try to defend itself by hissing, biting, struggling, scratching, urinating or curling up in a ball.

Gently covering the head and body will reduce shock.

Babies may benefit from being put in a pouch in your jacket, next to your chest.

If there is bleeding, apply pressure to the wound to reduce blood flow.

Treatment for dehydration is likely to be needed. Do not feed cows’ milk. Use water mixed trickled into the mouth using an eye dropper but the animal must be able to swallow by itself or it will inhale the water into the lungs which will cause more serious problems.

Check the pouch of any dead marsupials for live babies. Also check the surrounding area for wandering young joeys/possums. If removing a joey from a pouch, gently take it out and avoid pulling the tail or legs as these may break.