Trevor’s Week for 23rd March 2016
We had an amazing adult Noctule Bat come into care at the weekend, after being found grounded in Hampden Park near the café. There is a really good population of bats around Hampden Park which include Noctule, Whiskered and Pipistrelle Bats. The bat was rescued by Tony and taken to the centre where was able to gently warm him up and get some Lectade and then a few mealworms into him. I took him home for the night and the following morning he was taken over to Karen Hammond from the Sussex Bat Group who runs a little Bat Hospital from her home in Hastings.
We are all really proud of WRAS’s Rescue Manager Chris who has completed his first marathon last weekend. If doing that was not enough, he didn’t just complete any marathon it was the Endurancelife Coastal Trail Marathon which is not an easy course and very hilly. He also did it in an amazing 6 hours and 11minutes. He was accompanied by WRAS volunteer and experienced marathon and endurance events runner Daryl too who helped keep him going. Please show your support for Chris by making a donation on his just giving page www.justgiving.com/CHRISWRAS to help support WRAS.
Rescuer Manager Chris diverted his commute to work one morning after receiving a call to a swan sitting on the promenade by the Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne. Members of the public were concerned that it wasn’t moving even when dog walkers went past. Chris caught the Swan easily and delivered the swan up our Casualty Centre where I assessed him. I couldn’t find any obvious injuries but as it appeared he might have crash landed and was a little sensitive he was bedded down for 24 hours observation and some food. He was taken down to Princes Park Eastbourne for release the following day.
A special pigeon was released this week, called Chippie. He had been with us for more than a month after being found in North Street Brighton, being kicked by people. We also discovered that he had somehow also got himself covered with what smelled like chip fat. He turned out to be a very sensitive bird, who did not cope with his baths to remove the oil at all well, turning into a quivering wreck afterwards and unable to stand. Using a hairdryer we got over the worst of his adverse reactions and for the last few weeks he has been in one of our indoor aviaries. It has taken a while for him to get his confidence back flying, but last week when we test flew him he flew beautifully so went back home back to Brighton.
Thank you to Civil Service Motoring Association who very kindly made a donation of £500 to WRAS after I gave them a talk on the work of WRAS. Thank you very much. Its funding like this that really help keep our charity on the road, without it we would not be able to help as many people and animals as we do.
Casualty Manager Lindsay is currently looking after two very young and small fox cubs. One was found under a shed with some dead youngsters and due to his age and how cold he was he came into care. The second one was found out in the open in a garden although we don’t know how it got there it is likely that either a predator has raided den or the mum dumped the youngster. Their eyes are not open and Lindsay is having to take them home to feed into the evenings. They are a lot of hard work at this time of year and very demanding.
We were called to Birling Gap last week after a large adult grey seal turned up on the beach. It had some blood around its rear flippers, but what was more concerning was how underweight the seal was. Unfortunately the seal was very close to the water and the incoming tide was rapidly approaching so we had no chance of catching the seal safely. Working with British Divers Marine Life Rescue we will be monitoring the situation and where he comes ashore so we can hopefully help him.