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Fireys save mother and baby flying foxes

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13 Oct 2016
Firefighters have swooped in to rescue two grey-headed flying foxes from a tree in Box Hill.

MFB was called to the busy Whitehorse Road shopping strip, near the Elgar Road intersection, just before 2pm.

A Wildlife Victoria volunteer had been called to the scene after a mother grey headed flying fox and her baby were spotted six metres up a tree. 

The mother appeared injured and in distress.

MFB dispatched the Ringwood teleboom, an aerial appliance with an extendable ladder and bucket, so firefighters could reach the injured animals and bring them down to safety.

The volunteer has taken the animals to the vet to receive treatment.

Wildlife Victoria’s Amy Hidge said spring was traditionally a busy time of year for the rescue service with almost 2,000 calls for help in the past week alone.

"Wildlife Victoria is currently under the pump with spring, responding to reports about sick, injured and orphaned wildlife across Victoria,” she said.

Above: Leading Firefighter Paul Hammond with the rescued flying fox.

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