One giant leap for mouse kind!
Lucy and one of our volunteers released a mouse in the woods. The little “dude” jumps out of the box like a kangaroo, eager to return to where it belongs.
He was brought in to the centre as a cat-attack victim, but he had no injuries. We didn’t waste time and sent him back right away!
RoboOwl rehab is going well!
Here at the WAF hospital we have extensive facilities for the rehabilitation of all wildlife, and this owl is making full use of them! He has now been moved to a bigger enclosure where he can start to rebuild his wing muscle, following his operation.
He is very alert, eating well, so all the signs are encouraging. He still needs more time with us though so keep sending him your good wishes!
Do you think this gull made it back to the wild?
This bird arrived very weak with botulism, which is a kind of food poisoning that can kill them without intensive care. We put him on a drip and gave him vitamins and anti-biotics.
Watch the video to find out if this guy survived!
This lovely Greater-Spotted Woodpecker was seen hopping about in a garden, and when approached he was unable to fly away. Something wasn’t right!
We haven’t found any obvious injury, but we suspect he flew into a window; it happens a lot at this time of year when the sun is low in the sky creating a strong reflection on the glass. He’s probably very bruised and sore!
He’s been pecking at the wood in his cage so he is showing definite signs of recovery, but woodpeckers get very stressed in captivity, so we hope he’ll recover quickly and be on his way!
Yesterday was Barn Owl day!
We rarely get barn owls at the centre, so it’s even more unusual to have two admissions in the same day. With the one we admitted a few days ago, we have now three barn owls undergoing treatment at the centre!
The first one arrived very collapsed: he was cold, dehydrated and very underweight. It was discovered he was carrying a parasite called coccidia which affects their gut, leading to the weight loss and diarrhoea which came in with. After the appropriate treatment, rest and TLC, he is improving, but still not out of the woods yet.
The second owl had blood on his wing due to a broken feather. Bird feathers are similar to our fingernails; they break, but they do grow back so it was nothing serious. However, the bird was a little underweight, so he will stay with us for some gourmet dining for a few days!
Bird number three, who arrived on Saturday, has an injured leg which is infected and swollen. We are keeping our fingers firmly crossed for this guy; if the swelling goes down then we should be able to treat his injury.
Beautiful birds, help us to help them!
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A sparrowhawk gives our wildlife rescuers a hard time!
Birds of prey are hard enough to catch, let alone when they are stuck in a very high warehouse!
Simon and Sean spent a couple of hours chasing a sparrowhawk, trying to corner it, so Sean, who was waiting in a very precarious position, could capture it.
Badger cubs go back to the wild – all grown up!
Today we released six of our badgers, including the first tiny cub we admitted in February and our very special tailless badger cub!
They are now feisty and fully grown badgers. They were quite hard to catch and to put in travelling boxes!
They were released in a sett specially built for them by the East Surrey Badger Group. They will stay in the fenced sett around 3-4 weeks, to get used to their surroundings. We will continue to feed them and slowly decrease the amount of food they get, once the fences are removed. They will then be on their own, ready for their wild life!
To see all their amazing stories – click here: http://bit.ly/badgercubs
Big thank you to Penny Chatfield for the pictures!
This little mouse was a cat-attack victim and is now back to full health! Look at her speeding towards freedom - brilliant!
Thanks to volunteer Jean Matthews for the release video!
Update on the baby hedgehogs.
Our smallest hedgehogs are doing really well and putting on weight every day. There are a few very tired-looking volunteer orphan feeders around the place at the moment!!
Sadly, one of the babies died two nights ago… It’s often the case that the weakest of the litter won’t survive (known as the ‘runt’), and this was the case with this one. Sad as it is, nature always does the right thing…
We still have three babies and of course we are taking extra good care of them!
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It’s wonderful to see how well the Tawny Owl is doing! You remember he was admitted last week after a suspected collision with a car.
His ear has finally stopped bleeding, and he is learning how to eat for himself, although he still needs a little encouragement. Once he gets the hang of this then he will start putting on weight, and this is the next vital step in his rehabilitation.
Send him your best wishes; he’s doing well but not out of the woods yet!