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Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation – AMWRRO

Australian Marine Wildlife Research & Rescue Organisation (AMWRRO), providing a rescue and rehabilitation service for our incredibly unique Australian marine wildlife species.

Found an injured marine animal?

Another Little Penguin fall’s victim to dogs running free

Little Penguin Amber now able to open her eyes

Little Penguin Amber now able to open her eyes

At 07:30 today AMWRRO was notified by the South Australian Police that a Little Penguin was found at Middleton beach in need of help. The bird was very unsteady on its feet and was disorientated.

The bird was housed at a local address whilst a rescue crew attended to collect the bird.

On admission the bird was unable to open its eyes due to a heavy load of sand that was caked on by blood; once cleaned the full extent of her injuries were revealed. The young female had several open wounds covering her head and around her eyes caused by a dog attack.

Unfortunately this is something seen all too often at AMWRRO, this year we have recorded over 22 penguins maimed by off leash dogs and these are the lucky ones.

AMWRRO suspects hundreds more would fall victim each year but are never found or, are killed either by the dog itself or by savaging foxes whilst hiding in sand dunes at night.

This Little Penguin has been named Amber and she is finally recovering from her ordeal but is still in a critical condition.

Young, sick and mauled by a wolfhound off lead…

Lachie resting at AMWRRO after treatment

Lachie resting at AMWRRO after treatment

A young sick Australian sea lion that hauled out and was found sleeping in the middle of a road at The Bluff (Victor Harbor) was mauled by a Wolfhound that was let off lead to have a run despite being told there was a young seal on the road.

This young male Australian sea lions named Lachie is now recovering from the attack which occurred on Friday afternoon. There were several unfortunate circumstances that led to the animal being returned to the water by order of local authorities despite personnel on ground having very straight forward instructions to leave the animal where it was; which delayed the animal receiving care much sooner. 

Luckily for Lachie he was rescued late Friday night and is currently stable. Flippers crossed he will pull through.

Active fishing – not discarded line…

Meet Cozzi, a fresh water turtle that was hooked by active fisherman – not discarded tackle as some may think!

Luck for Cozzi the hook was able to be removed with a major surgery.

Luck for Cozzi the hook was able to be removed with a major surgery.

As unlucky as that is – Cozzi was very luckily to be “accidentally” caught by fisherman who actually cared enough to do the right thing and not just cut the line!

Cozzi was taken to the Wildlife Welfare Organisation for assistance who delivered him to AMWRRO for treatment.

Cozzi had the hook removed from his esophagus and has now almost finished his medication. Once finished he will be released back in the River Murray where he was found. Special thanks to those who handed him in to WWO and for WWO for delivering him to AMWRRO for treatment.