Just rapt with tradie kindness

Geoff VivianGeraldton Guardian
Shane Richards, Daniel McKay, Tom Drage, Brad Luff and Mitchell Pomeroy donated their time and equipment for a morning to maintain the vast aviaries at Just Raptors.
Camera IconShane Richards, Daniel McKay, Tom Drage, Brad Luff and Mitchell Pomeroy donated their time and equipment for a morning to maintain the vast aviaries at Just Raptors. Credit: Geoff Vivian

Just Raptors, the Geraldton hospital for sick and injured birds of prey, has giant aviaries made from Western Power poles and trawling nets.

Janelle and Glenn Ende say they spend at least $10,000 a year on their unusual pastime, but sometimes accept donations to keep the service afloat.

Mrs Ende said a group of local tradesmen recently donated their work and equipment for a busy bee.

“This is absolutely amazing community spirit,” she said.

“We are just humble wildlife carers that needed a hand.

“How do you even thank these guys for doing this and they don’t want anything towards it?”

Mrs Ende said three of the aviaries needed urgent maintenance.

“As aviaries get towards 10 years old things start to happen and that’s what we’ve found with the 35m aviary,” she said.

Just Raptors is a free service for wild birds of prey which are sick or injured.

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