Trevor with the UPS Delivery Driver and hedgehog

Trevor with the UPS Delivery Driver and hedgehog

We had a special delivery last week of a hedgehog found by our local UPS delivery driver on her rounds in Polegate. She witnessed the hedgehog being run over and stopped. WRAS received a call from UPS to say they had found the hedgehog and they very kindly made the special delivery to our Casualty Centre in Whitesmith to save the little life. I was half expecting to have to sign for the hedgehog when she arrived! Thank you UPS for being so caring.

UPS Hedgehog Delivery

UPS Hedgehog Delivery

We are getting quite a few hedgehogs in at the moment. Ambulances have been out to Roseberry Avenue, Hampden Park, after a dog found a hedgehog.  The dog is not thought to have injured the hedgehog but kept barking and jumping around.  The hedgehog was only 400grams so came into care as too small to hibernate. Another ambulance attended a hedgehog weighing just 272grams way too small to hibernate, found in a shed in Mapleleaf Gardens, Polegate. We have also had yet more hedgehogs from Ditchling and Wivesfield Green along with Pevensey and Westham.

Inside WRAS' s new Hedgehog Ward in Uckfield

Inside WRAS’ s new Hedgehog Ward in Uckfield

The first three hedgehogs have moved into our overwintering shed this week now the cold weather has arrived. For various reasons these three hedgehogs cannot be released until Spring but they are now up to at least 700grams so we will encourage them to hibernate safely where we can monitor them. We will release them back home in the Spring. So “Luke (lulu) Sywalker” a female from Heathfield, “Hamlet” a male hedgehog from Newton Road, Lewes and “Pear” a female from Sandbanks, Hailsham are the first to properly grace the new hutches and unit in Uckfield. If we get a mild spell we may be able to release some of our larger adult hedgehogs, but Hamlet needs to grow spines back after a dog attack, Pear came in as a 150g baby and Luke needs a health condition monitoring, which is why they are staying.

Buzzard collected from Raystede

Buzzard collected from Raystede

Ambulances have been out to a few birds of prey this week.  Kathy and I rushed out after a report of a road casualty Owl seen in the middle of a lane just north of High Hurstwood. Unfortunately it wasn’t found after an extensive search of the area. Rescuers also collected a Kestrel from Newhaven which was unable to fly.

One of WRAS recent Fox road casualties

One of WRAS recent Fox road casualties

We have had yet more road casualty calls this week including a fox that was hit by a car in the Ratton area of Eastbourne. The caller reported the fox was stood in a dazed condition after having a blow to the head. Rescuers, using the spot light on the ambulance and also torches on foot, searched the area but the fox was nowhere to be seen.

One of our rescuers has written a short poem and wanted to share it as a plea to motorists who are involved in road casualties with wildlife to stop and check if safe to do so and call a rescue centre like WRAS:

How could you drive off? How could you just leave me here to die,

You didn’t even bother to stop to check, I lay and wonder why?

As blood pours from my wounds and cars are rushing past,

Every breath I take is agony, this one could be my last.

As I lay here wondering, what did I do that was so wrong

Hoping this doesn’t take all night and pray I do not last to long

My eyes close for the very last time, as I die alone

Would it have been too hard to stop, check, and use your mobile phone.

In these cold wet months so much suffering could be prevented. Not every animal will be saveable, but give us the chance to relieve their pain.

Well it’s a month till Christmas, we are in the process of working out who is covering to look after the casualties over Christmas, as we will have at least 90 Hedgehogs in care to look after. Our hard working volunteers and staff will still be in helping to feed and clean and treat casualties.  Why not send our volunteers and casualties a gift from our Amazon Wish List you can find all the details at http://www.amazon.co.uk/registry/wishlist/35VQCQWZZ8PM1

New Young Pigeon from Council Street Lightingh Team

New Young Pigeon from Council Street Lightingh Team

Kathy has been working very hard over the past few weeks with a very poorly wood pigeon who has been named Bruno. He came in from Uckfield as a fledgling with Canker so severe he was almost put to sleep as it was almost totally blocking his mouth, airway and throat. He was extremely emaciated but very alert and after 2 weeks of treatment the Canker was gone, he had gained weight and was starting to eat. Then one morning Kathy found him collapsed and tremoring, all the weight had literally dropped off him and although he kept on his feet, he was unable to walk without toppling over. It was touch and go for the next 3 days with Kathy constantly wondering if she was being cruel keeping him alive as there seemed little chance of him recovering. Amazingly after 10 days he gained some weight, and regained his balance and started to eat again. He has now even flown 2 foot off the ground. He has a long way to go but it is looking positive.

Bruno the Wood Pigeon being looked after by Kathy

Bruno the Wood Pigeon being looked after by Kathy

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.