Trevor’s Week for 28th October 2015
We bumped in to this hedgehog in Oakwood Drive the other night. It turned out to be “Fruit Pastille” This little chap came in on 2nd Sept just 2 days old, with his Mum, 3 brothers and 1 sister. The family stayed at our Maternity Shed in Uckfield before being transferred to an outdoor pen. Once old enough the young hogs then stayed behind in a pen and mum was returned and released where found. The youngsters needed a bit more rehabilitation being so close to winter, and were released weighing between 717 and 798g just over a week ago. The 1st photo was taken on the 12th September at just 12 days old, the 2nd photo was when found out in Oakwood Drive this week. He is microchipped so we can identify him and was out foraging amazingly in the exact location that we see the wild hogs. One of his brothers and sister were back in the hoggery the following morning sleeping in a hedgehog box too.
Our partridge chicks, which Lindsay has been looking after have really grown and they are now outside in a pen and are in the process of being soft released back to the wild. Their colouring is really coming through now, lovely long tails with reddish feathers along the edges, stunning and lovely and wild, and they are acclimatising nicely outside.
On Saturday we received a call about a cygnet with an injured wing dragging in the water in Norman’s Bay. As the call was fairly late in the day rescuers ended up giving up for the night as it was getting too dangerous. The following day Kathy, Chris, Murrae and I attended on site expecting the cygnet to be in a small drainage dyke, but sadly it had moved into the bigger river. After three hours of trying to encourage the cygnet to suitable catching locations, I finally got close enough in the boat and had to launch myself at the cygnet as it tried to pass me. I ended up in the water but successfully holding the cygnet. Murrae and Kathy managed to fight their way through the reeds to get to the swan and I. Eventually with the swan in safe hands we were able to clear up and get the poor creature back to WRAS for a better assessment. The cygnet had a damaged shoulder and sent up to the Swan Sanctuary for X-rays and treatment.
We are looking for rescuers for Wednesday 6pm-10pm, Thursdays 10am-6pm, Friday 6pm-10pm and Saturdays all day. If you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or check out information on our website at www.wildlifeambulance.org.
We have another road casualty fox found in Eastbourne. Rescuer Tony rushed to the midnight call from Eastbourne Taxi’s. The fox had to be rushed to straight to Greenleaves Vets in Bexhill for emergency treatment. The fox has fractured her tail and pelvis but the vets are quite happy that there is a good chance of the fox making a recovery as long as there are no complications.
There have also been calls to two road casualty badger on A22, one just north of Halland and the other on the Uckfield By-pass sadly both died at scene.
We also had a call to an injured Sparrowhawk in Uckfield. The finders saw it eating something in their garden and were worried it was eating their duck, so they tried to shoo it away but realised it couldn’t fly. Sadly he had a compound fracture of his wing right on the joint, as well as advanced Canker in the throat. Thank you to vet Claire at Henley House Vets for seeing him at the last minute allowing us to end his suffering quickly.
Other calls have involved Kathy and I being called to a goldfinch in Buxted which had severe canker too. At the same time Tony and Chris were dealing with a hedgehog with severe fly strike which was rushed to the vets in Eastbourne.
Congratulations to John and Sue Pettifor who completed the Beachy Head Marathon in aid of WRAS last weekend. John managed a great time of 6 hours. You can still donate on their Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/John-Pettifor. Thank you guys for putting in so much effort to help WRAS. Please remember that WRAS is funded by donations and we rely on them to pay the vets bills, animal food, bowl, bedding, lighting, water, equipment, medication, and the cost of the ambulances and keeping our service running. The best way to support us is via Standing Orders, just £1, £2 or even £5 a month would be a great help and make a huge difference to us and the animals we save.
Trevor Weeks MBE
Founder & Operations Director
East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)
Reg Charity 1108880
Reg Address: 8 Stour Close, Stone Cross, BN24 5QU
Hospital Address: Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, Lewes, BN8 6JD
24hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234
Private Mobile: 07931-523958
An award winning community charity.
IFAW Animal Action Award Winners 2010
ITV1 British Animal Honours Awards Local Charity of the Year 2013
BBC Radio Sussex & Surrey Community Heroes Award for Animal Welfare 2012