Baskets to the rescue for our native wildlife

AUSTRALIA’S much-loved koalas are an embodiment of the term ‘Aussie battler’ with the many issues they face to keep healthy and stay alive.

From their habitats being destroyed by land-clearing to satisfy a growing population, to predators such as dogs and cats, koalas also have to fight disease that can be fatal.

One disease is Sarcoptic mange, a skin parasite that burrows into the skin and causes scabies, itching, and significant pain.

Other wildlife, including wombats, are vulnerable as well as domestic animals.

When koalas are suffering this debilitating condition, they look for bodies of water in an attempt for relief. Often found down on the banks of creeks and rivers, this is commonly their final resting place.

However the hard work by those in wildlife rescue organisations who go and retrieve sick koalas and take them into care and assess their heath, gives the little Aussie battlers another chance at life or at least a gentler and more dignified ending.

One such organisation is the Dutch Thunder Wildlife Care and Rescue, based in Koonoomoo in northern Victoria, next to the Murray River. A part of the KoonaWonga Wildlife Rescue and with a number of other volunteers in the north-central area, it was set up to look after our precious native animals that are orphaned or injured.

Libby Tanner emailed HomeLeisure looking to see if we could donate any of our laundry baskets to help them with their rescue work.

The volunteers use laundry baskets to capture and move wildlife, including koalas, taking them to safety and for treatment.

HomeLeisure was more than happy to help these wonderful rescuers with their request.

Libby, who was volunteering at Dutch Thunder Wildlife Care and Rescue and is an impressive 13 years old, has been raising awareness and helping koalas and other wildlife for years. She also helps make pouches that are sent around Australia so others too can help rescue our native wildlife.

Following our donation, in January Libby was able to help rescue a sick koala found down on the bank of the Ulupna Creek.

The use of the laundry basket is ingenious. Attached with rope to a tree up on the side of the river, the laundry basket acted as an ambulance chariot to bring the koala up from the steep river’s bank.

Libby passed on 16 of the 20 baskets to Dutch Thunder that HomeLeisure donated, and the remaining will be very handy for her to sew more pouches and collect linen products such as flannel sheets, towels, pillow cases and woollen blankets.

As an Australian, business, HomeLeisure is more than happy to donate and help other Australians in need. These images and the video certainly makes us smile and feel good about our manufacturing.

The next time you take your laundry out to the clothes line, let it be a reminder of think of how you can help our native wildlife too.

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