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A lifetime of looking after injured fauna

WILDLIFE CARER: Caroline Eriksen has been looking after animals for almost 50 years and absolutely loves it.
WILDLIFE CARER: Caroline Eriksen has been looking after animals for almost 50 years and absolutely loves it. Philippe Coquerand

BORN in Tibooburra in New South Wales, Caroline Eriksen met the love of her life Dennis in Mundubbera and has been here ever since.

"I came here 33 years ago, I was working with Mal Adams who was the previous vet who used to be here and I worked for him for 12 years,” Mrs Eriksen said.

"I've been a vet nurse since I was 17 and I'm 68 now, so nearly 50 years.”

The highlight for Mrs Eriksen is getting to release the animals after they've been looked after.

"Releasing them back into the wild, I love to see them go back into the wild but I've still got roos coming to the front of the house and I go out there to see them,” she said.

"They come back and I give them a slice of bread or a bit of celery or carrot and they eat it and off they go and I don't see them for around a month.”

Mrs Eriksen has been looking after Amie (pictured) for about three months as a car ran over her mother.

"She'll be another 12 months until I can release her,” she said.

"I've got a little wallaby at home, she stands quite high and she's fully grown but she doesn't want to leave home, she just hangs around.

"She gets into the chook grain every now and again and loves it.”

For those who come across kangaroos on the side of the road, Mrs Eriksen said it was best to check the pouch and then to call a wildlife carer.

"If you see a kangaroo on the road please stop and check the pouch because you never know when one of them is in there,” she said.

"So many people just drive past, they hit them and they don't even bother to look in their rear vision mirror, just check the pouches to see if any baby can survive.

"Any injured animals: pick them up, put them in a box and keep them quiet. I've got a galah out there with an injured wing and she's learning how to fly again, it doesn't hurt to pick them up.”

Mrs Eriksen said it was challenging job.

"It is a lot of hard work, when I first got Amie I was feeding her every four hours,” she said.

"That means you're up during the night and I've got the boarding kennels as well.”

"I love looking after them. I wouldn't do this job if I didn't love it.”

Mrs Eriksen recommends people call wildlife carers for injured animals.

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