Baby kookaburra reunited with family in NYE rescue
A LITTLE kookaburra had a stroke of luck when it was rescued by tourists at Byron Bay.
The bird was rescued by Geoff and Peter, tourists from Sydney, when it was found on the ground under a very tall Bangalow palm outside their holiday rental.
Geoff and Peter could see the nest, and the parent birds flying in and out, but it was too high to reach, WIRES Northern Rivers said.
The pair of tourists picked up the little one and put it in a warm place on the deck, where the mother kookaburra continuously came down to feed it.
Neighbours watching the drama loaned a ladder but the nest was just too high for the men to reach, so they called WIRES for help.
The WIRES rescuer placed a temporary nest for the chick lower down in a nearby tree, before returning the next day a builder, long ladder and pole, but it was still not enough to reach the nest.
At that point, the chick was brought into care until a way could be found to reunite it with its family.
Essential Energy were called to see if they could help - and luckily on a very busy New Year's eve, they could.
Essential Energy workers Josh and Ben came to the rescue with their high lift truck.
They put the truck in position, and took the chick right up to the opening of the nest.
There it was gently placed inside the nest, alongside its sibling and an egg as mum watched on anxiously from the nearby power lines, WIRES said.
After the truck bucket was lowered, Mum was seen going into the nest to welcome the young one home.
If you spot wildlife in trouble, call your local WIRES volunteers on the Hotline at 6628 1898.