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Many rescues have been rehabilitated and re-released into their original habitat
successfully. One such case was a Black Falcon brought in late last year as a chick
from 80kms north of Marla, which had been taken from its nest by aboriginal children.
A teacher there had rescued it and brought it to Adelaide to get some help for it.
The chick was hand raised in our hospital facility then introduced to a 4m long,
shade cloth lined flight to prevent feather damage. Once she was ripping up her
own food and flying to a small degree, she was then introduced into the 30’
long, 12’ high shade cloth lined flight cage, funded by the City of Onkaparinga.
Over the school holidays this magnificent Falcon grew well, began to fly the length
and height of the flight and recognized road kill etc as food sources. It was decided
that she was ready for life in the wild, having an excellent chance of survival.
The young teacher was to return to Marla to resume his position, so he collected
the Falcon. She was placed into a reasonable size cage, with a low perch and covered
with a sheet to reduce stimulation. Her ‘bag was packed’ with chicks,
mice and pigeon for a midnight snack during her 14 hour journey and away she went.
Two tortoises came in with foot and shell damage. One from Happy Valley, which was
operated on by Adelaide Zoo Vets, and rehabilitated here, then released back into
the Happy Valley Reservoir. The other was rescued at Lady Bay by a Greencore team.
She had burnt feet from the hot bitumen while trying to find water- none of which
was available. She has had a course of antibiotics and was returned to a dam at
Yankallila with the Greencore team.
A Bassian Thrush was brought in from Mylor that has its wing broken and feathers
plucked from both wings by a cat. Her wing was strapped for 2 weeks to allow healing
to take place. She was housed in a heated cage at first, and once she began to feed
well, and had a course of antibiotics, she was placed into a larger outside holding
cage, made possible by the donation of modular cages accessed by Dr Rachel Westcott,
Vet to the Pet. We are absolutely indebted to her for her assistance to improve
our rescue Centre and the service we provide to the Community. This beautiful little
bird began to fly shortly after the strapping was removed, so it was placed into
a flight cage to strengthen the flight muscles which degenerate after only 3 days
in confinement. I returned it to an area of pristine habitat with wonderful under
storey vegetation at Mylor. She flew off so well, I was thrilled to think we had
given her a second chance to survive. I was unable to return her to her original
territory as the rescuers' neighbour had many cats, all breeding, and all the
kittens were also breeding, so the local wildlife had slim chances of survival.
A person had driven to Clayton for a drive and found a magnificent young raptor,
prostrate on a side road. He thought it was dead at first, but noticed a small movement.
He brought the bird here & left it in the cage outside. When I checked the cage
in the moonlight, it looked like there was chook sitting on the perch. Luckily I
took a closer look before grabbing it bare handed! It was a young Whistling Kite,
(we decided after much consultation), which had trichomoniasis, a nasty disease
caused by a parasite. Dr Rachel Westcott prescribed medications to kill the parasite
and antibiotics to prevent secondary infections. It was being hand fed as the throat
would be very sore and would discourage him from self- feeding. The absolute best
part of our whole rehabilitation program, is the exhilaration experienced in re
releasing wildlife to have a second chance. The person that found him was keen to
release him. It is lovely to be able to share the responsibility and the joys of
the work. A Greencore team built a raptor flight from nylon bird netting and shadecloth
to prevent feather & cere damage caused by impact with wire netting, rendering the
bird unreleaseable. These young men will be thrilled to see this wonderful bird
benefiting from their labours! The Whistling Kite was successfully rehabilitated
and returned to its territory near Clayton by its rescuer. He was kind enough to
photograph the release and forward the photos by email. The wonders of modern technology
open up possibilities that were inconceivable only a few years ago.
The volunteer kitchen will be updated with a new cupboard from Traditional Woodworks.
This will allow the cups to be washed and stored hygienically in the future. We
are indebted to Ferdinand for his assistance. The volunteers have been marvellous,
assisting with the Farm duties, and also fundraising at Fairs to support the rehabilitation
work, as well as attending seminars to improve our knowledge. There is a lovely
camaraderie among them which makes it a joy to work with them. We have started several
new people as a back up to the core team when someone is ill or away for a short
time. All in all, it is working very well. If anyone would like to assist, (male
or female) the program runs on a Tuesday or a Thursday from 10am to 2pm, which must
be pre-booked to comply with number restrictions.
We recently rescued an owl found by a man driving from Clare to Adelaide that had
apparently been hit by a car near Mallala. The bird had muscle damage to one of
its wings, so I strapped it to support it whilst the muscles repaired. It was given
pain killers and its throat was inspected for trichomoniasis.
This is a common condition seen in meat eaters, particularly magpies and raptors,
which fill the throat with cheesy lumps that obstruct it until the bird dies. It
was treated for this condition. After the wing had been strapped for two weeks,
I removed the strapping and placed the owl into a shadecloth lined flight to strengthen
its flight muscles prior to release, giving it the best possible chance of survival.
It immediately flew the length of the flight! The finder returned it to its home
territory to have a second chance.
An echidna was hit on Old Belair Road, witnessed by a woman who risked her life
dodging cars that were driving over the top of it, ignoring the hazard lights of
several parked cars in attendance. Please consider our wildlife & the safety of
people trying to help them when you are driving.
This poor woman was unable to come here at the time, so she took the echidna to
an after hours Vet centre, where they didn’t want it, or know how to help
it. She begged them to house it overnight as the nose was bleeding profusely. She
returned in the morning and took it to a local Vet centre where they too didn’t
want it, nor know how to help it, but agreed to keep it overnight - it was still
bleeding from the nose. The next morning the woman returned and was told to release
it back where she found it. After driving to the location and opening the box to
release it, the nose was still bleeding so the woman, in quite a distressed state,
brought it to Minton Farm for assistance. I housed the echidna on a heat pad, with
water available and made a meat mixture according to the diet used at the Adelaide
Zoo. The tiny bones that run alongside the pointy nose are as thin as toothpicks
that break very easily upon impact. The problem with releasing an echidna with broken
jaw bones is that they never mend, and they are doomed to a long, slow death from
starvation – not to live happy ever after. I organised to have the echidna’s
nose X-rayed by Rachel to make sure things were OK. After 3 attempts to hold a very
prickly, slippery little sucker, we managed to get a beautifully clear X-ray of
two straight, intact bones! Once the bleeding had stopped and the echidna was placed
into a half tank kindly donated by Jenny Reid, it proved it could dig/walk/eat/drink
without impediment. Early one morning I drove it to the gully below Old Belair Road
and walked into the scrub there. Usually when you return an echidna to its home
territory, it digs straight down into the Earth with a firm, unbreakable hold on
its home. This little fellow, sat for a moment, then lifted its head and looked
straight into my eyes (very unusual for a wild echidna), then looked slowly all
around him surveying the territory. I am certain he knew where he was, as he calmly
and confidently meandered downhill. I was concerned that he might fall by slipping
on the loose stones washed out from the rain. Obviously at home, he chose to zig-
zag down the slope, keeping to the understorey, where the grass provided good traction.
Just a wonderful experience!
We have had a nursing home encourage their residents to knit pouches for the injured
animals, approx 20cm square. A new patient had arrived with dementia, who was disinterested
in most activities. She started knitting a small square. A nurse inquired if she
was knitting squares for a blanket. She sparked up and retorted "NO! I'm knitting
a pouch for orphan possums!" The nurses tell me she has become so motivated by it
all. This is a wonderful example of the win / win situation when assisting our wildlife-
This website has been accessed all over the world and has enabled people to contact
us for assistance with wildlife. The latest was a person in Canada who rescued two
baby swallows from a log about to go through a chipper! We were able to assist her
with the correct diet and how to successfully rehabilitate the birds for rerelease-
In parting we would like to again say a big thank you to Adam Internet for their
hosting and support for community service projects such as ours.
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1 day old emu chicks
Glenn with the goats and fallow deer
New friends- a welsh & a miniature pony
This is Manwell, a western grey kangaroo. He was rescued in May 2008 weighing 530
grams from a kangaroo killed by a car at Cherry Gardens. Over the past 10 weeks
has progressed very well. At last weigh in he was 1090 grams!
Recent Awards and Grants
The latest grants received were from:
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- Govt Water Grant for installing 6 rainwater tanks throughout the
property to collect & use rainwater to maintain the animal enclosures and to water
- City of Onkaparinga Community development grant - Funding for a
digital camera for the educational program activities.
- Office of the Ageing for updating the volunteer kitchen area
- Seaworld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund for purchasing food
and medical supplies, plus drainages works and hay.
and enrich the lives of community members, youth, aged and disabled, through the
rescue and care of injured and orphaned native animals and birds.
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Our mission is to provide individualized high quality rescue, care and rehabilitation
of a compassionate nature, to injured and orphaned native animals and birds in a
caring environment, to educate and enrich the lives of community members.
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Minton Farm is non-profit, voluntary rescue centre for around 300 orphaned and injured
animals and birds. It is owned and managed by Mrs. Bev Langley.
Thousands of injured and orphaned creatures are referred to her by RSPCA, Warrawong,
Bird Care and Conservation Society, Native Animal Network, and many Vets.
The aim of the Centre is to rehabilitate the rescue and return them to their homes
as quickly as possible, if they are 100% fit; otherwise they are taken into permanent
Over 7,800 animals and birds have been rescued to date, with more than 300 volunteers
trained to assist in the work.
Animals rescued include kangaroos, possums, echidnas, koalas, bats, and lizards.
Birds rescued include kookaburras, magpies, owls, hawks, eagles, and parrots. Farm
animals rescued include sheep, pigs, ponies, and poultry. Educational tours and
talks are provided to increase community awareness of the effects of habitat destruction
upon Australia's wildlife, and how to help them to survive.dwill are directly responsible
for its operation. Over 200 volunteers have been trained at the centre, ranging
from 8 years to 73 years, helping out on a weekly roster to feed and maintain the
creatures, and to build enclosures and cat-proof fencing.
Donations are gratefully accepted to assist with feed and veterinary costs. Animals
can be sponsored at $35 a year to allow funds allocated for their food to be used
for facility improvement.
Bev Langley received: -
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This refuge has emerged from a community need for animal and bird rescue and rehabilitation.
The project funding relies entirely on volunteers and donations to operate. Your
kind support will help to improve the quality of life for 100's of native animals
and birds for future generations to enjoy, not just as extinct exhibits in museum.
TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
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Bev Langley, tel. 8270 1169, mobile 0422 938439 or fax.
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