Real World Gardener Feeding Wild Animals on Living Planet

October 10th, 2013

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Wildlife in Focus

Living Planet

with Sophie Golding
It’s great to have all kinds of creatures visit your garden. You put out those buts of white bread for the maggies, or those seed bells for the cockatoos.What’s wrong with that? Animals that expect to be fed by people can become aggressive, harassing people for food when they are hungry.The Ibis at the Botanic gardens where I work, are an example. I’m often asked by visiting why the Ibis seem to harass them.Whatever your thoughts,
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The NSW department of Environment and Heritage suggests that when you feed native animals you're giving them the wildlife equivalent of junk food.
When kangaroos and wallabies become used to being hand-fed, they sometimes attack people in their quest for food. Remember, they have sharp claws and a strong kick.
Another example is in Flinders Chase on Kangaroo Island where they’ve had to put up cages around the eating tables in the national park, so people can eat in peace.
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