Adult Fox from Polegate

Adult Fox from Polegate

It looks like I am “In the Dog House” again! Well I will be along with staff at Heathfield Sainsburys. On Friday May 1st between 9am and 5pm myself and staff and customers will take turns to be shut in a large “Dog Cage” and will only be set free once enough money has been pledged to get them out! I will be taking part and need to raise £500 to get me out. Please come along on Friday to take part and to donate money to help free those taking part! All the proceeds are going to WRAS to help save and set free our local valuable wildlife. I would really appreciate your support in getting me free as I’m taking time away from rescues to do this and therefore need people to free me as soon as possible. To help get me out quicker you can donate in advance at https://www.justgiving.com/trevorsinthedoghouse/

Its been a very busy but mixed week for rescues.  We have seen some very sad rescues requiring our vets to end the suffering of some casualties but some good news with others being rescued and released too.  Two sad cases were road casualty badgers, one was found in Pear Tree Lane, Little Common Bexhill which rescuer Tony rushed to in the early hours of Sunday morning which was taken to the vets and put down. The second one rescuer Chris and I rushed to the aid of hidden in a field shelter at Stunts Green near Herstmonceux. The poor badger was just skin and bones, had a very extensive territorial badger wound on its back and wounds to the back of the neck too. The badger was taken to one of our vets who after examination felt it would be kinder to end the its suffering. This is sadly a common problem with wildlife casualties that we often are presented the casualties once their injuries or illness have developed to a critical level.

Angel hedgehog found in Seaford

Angel hedgehog found in Seaford

On a good note, two of our badgers have been released. One of the badgers from Heathfield has been released back home. Also “Tank” the badger from Wildnerness Wood Hadlow Down, which was rescued over 6 weeks ago, was finally released back to the wild last week. Tank had a fractured jaw, shattered canine tooth as well as nasty territorial bite wounds from other badgers. You can see the release on our You Tube Channel at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M3-v7bEkCQ&feature=youtu.be

 

Other calls over the past week have included a road casualty fox in Kings Drive Eastbourne, a catted blackbird in Heathfield, injured blackbirds in Hailsham and Hastings. WRAS has also had to call out our vet after a blackbird was struck on the A22 near Hailsham. Sadly the injuries proved fatal and he was gently put to sleep. Thank you to our vet Mike for attending so quickly. We have had calls to a gull caught in wire in Bexhill, another road casualty fox in Polegate, rescuers Sally and Dave attended a duck rescue at Holmes Hill near Hailsham too. The duck was sitting very strangely in a clump of vegetation on an island.  With Sally and Dave on the banks of the pond with long poles and nets, I rowed across to the island but the poor duck was very lethargic and struggled to get away from me and was easily caught.  The duck was very underweight and is unable to hold its neck up properly.

Baby Dunnock

Baby Dunnock

Kathy and I went across to collect an injured adult wood pigeon from Lindfield late at night on what is turning out to be a regular occurrence for Chris, Kathy and I to be needed at our centre late at night during the week. We also met rescuers Rose and Ollie who had rescued a catted blackbird in Heathfield. Both were given emergency medication and settled down for the night for our vet to see in the morning. Other calls have included ambulances dealing with a road casualty squirrel from Horsebridge, three young orphaned robins in Seaford, an injured Blackbird in Polegate and an injured fox in Willingdon.

We have had a few foxes this week to deal with too.  An adult fox was rescued by Tony on Wednesday night near Polegate. After being sedated by our vet, nothing was found apart from some superficial wounds, but our vet was concerned that a toxin of some sort may be at play. The fox was pumped full of fluids and given medication and bedded down in our Hospital. After a few days of rest and care the fox is looking a completely different animal and can now stand and is reacting much better.

Hastings Fox Cub

Hastings Fox Cub

Sadly a fox has been found dead caught in a snare just off Hollow Lane, Blackboys this week. The fox had managed to pull the snare from its anchor but sadly died trying to get away. We have also had two more fox cubs this week. One was very chesty, rescued near Lunsford Cross, Bexhill. He is much smaller than the other cubs we have, so may have to be passed over to another rescue centre to be paired up. Whilst out checking on reports of an injured swan on the Pevensey Levels – which turned to just have orange iron staining on its head – we found ourselves being called over to Hastings for another fox cub.  The cub was quite mature but very poorly.  Back at our Casualty Centre we found the cub had infected anal glands, which I got the job of cleaning. The cub was also very dehydrated and had pale gums. Fluids and medication were given under veterinary instruction and he was bedded down for the night but sadly the poor fox passed away.

Baby Fox from Lunsford Cross

Baby Fox from Lunsford Cross

Our micro-chipping has come in useful again as rescuers Chris and Laura went to Seaford to rescue a hedgehog called  “Angel”. She was released spring 2014 after being over wintered in 2013 as she was too small to hibernate. She has been found over a year later after being picked up by a dog. She has a few minor wounds but otherwise in really good condition and a nice healthy weight. She was also found not far from where originally released too.

Please remember that if you see a hedgehog out during the day it is highly likely that there will be something wrong with it. A hedgehog has come in from Langney this week after being seen out all day. The poor hedgehog was eventually reported late afternoon and had a nasty infected wound on its body and an abscess on its shoulder. I ended up being called down to the Casualty Centre by our rescuers Jen and Martin to give first aid and treat the wounds.

Trevor Weeks MBE

 

Hastings Fox with infected Anal Glands

Hastings Fox with infected Anal Glands

 

About Trevor Weeks

Trevor Weeks MBE Operations Director for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) Trevor started undertaking wildlife rescue and conservation work in 1985 when just 13 years old, and his life has been dedicated to the care of wildlife ever since. East Sussex Wildlife Rescue was established as a voluntary group in 1996 and became a registered charity in 2005. WRAS now has four veterinary ambulances and a Casualty Care Centre on the A22 between Hailsham and Uckfield capable of looking after up to 200 casualties at a time. The charity is primarily run by volunteers and relies of donations to fund its award winning life saving service.