Trevor’s Week for 24rd August 2016
Yet another busy week. Monday I worked 8am till 9pm. Tuesday 6am till 1:30am, Wednesday 11am till 2am Thursday morning. That is 47hr 30 mins worked just in three days and very little sleep.
Thursday morning I slept over at the Casualty Centre getting just 3 hours sleep before being up for a 6am start I eventually finished about 9am where I then decided to take the day off because of how tired I was. Being on call out of hours I started again at 6pm where I worked into the night again. Thank you to Chris Riddington who is now doing his two week stint on call. He has already had a couple of late nights working till 2am, I hope he doesn’t have as many late night as we have both experience recently. Two of the night time calls have been to two dog attacked young hedgehogs at Hurstpierpoint. Both hedgehogs have been youngsters with open wounds on their backs which have needed suturing.
Well done to rescuers Katie Nunn Nash and Jen Holloway for their first seal capture assisted by rescuer Brian Russell and experienced medic Chris Riddington. We received a call out on Thursday night to the injured seal at Newhaven Harbour. The poor seal had injuries to its muzzle with blood on its chin and mouth. They were able to jump the seal and get it into a cage. Chris assessed the injuries and liaised with RSPCA Mallydams Wood at Hastings where Jen and Brian then transported the poorly seal.
The big rescue of the week has been a fallow deer at High Hurstwood near Uckfield. Volunteer rescuers Daryl Farmer from Forest Row, Chris Riddington from Eastbourne, Kathy Martyn and myself from Uckfield attended on site. The deer’s antlers became caught in electric rope fencing. The awkward location meant that rescuers struggled to gain control over the deer.
These situations are dangerous and rescuers risk potentially fatal kicks from the deer. Once under control rescuer set about cutting the electric rope from the antlers. There were masses of rope entangled round the antlers but WRAS’s entanglement kit was used to free the antlers quickly. In a controlled manner the rescuers were able to free and release the deer to run off back to the wild again.
As some of you may have noticed that the cygnets are down to six at Hampden Park’s lake. One disappeared and no one knows where, the other we have caught and taken to the Swan Sanctuary. Chris and I visited on Wednesday afternoon and caught one of the cygnets which was found to be a brilliant 5.84kg, so was released back to his parents. However one of the cygnets was looking smaller and slower than the others, so we decided to return the following morning to have a go at catching him. The cygnet weighed less than 4kg so has been taken into care and is already up at the Swan Sanctuary. WRAS will continue to monitor and look after the cygnets which are looking so much better than previous years thanks to our treatment of them a couple of months ago. Just over a year ago we had to catch the entire family as they were weight between 2.6kg and 4kg. So pleased they are looking better. We still need to continue monitoring them.
A huge well done to our Orphan Rearing and Care Teams for successfully rearing and releasing our first hand reared group of swallows last week. Thank you to Folly Wildlife Rescue who have previously supported us by taking them on, this year we have been able to expand our facilities in order to take them on ourselves. Also a huge thank you to Gillian Westray, a swift, housemartin and swallow specialist that has been on the end of a phone and via email to assist us throughout. We were able to take them down to the Cuckmere Haven and release them early on Thursday morning. It was brilliant to see the two of them fly out up into the sky where they were joined by about a dozen more.
We have managed to soft release nine of our hand reared wood pigeons this week, our Jay, ten handreared hoglets and our three Tawny Owlets. Two more hoglets are going into their soft release pen this weekend. We have also released an adult rabbit, blackbird and grass snake amongst others. We are waiting for better weather to release an adult collared dove, wood pigeon and juvenile pheasant. We have also just put hog Chewbacca and her two babies R2D2 and C3P0 into an outdoor pen now the babies are nearly 300g, so it won’t be long until Mum goes back home.
Big thank you yet again to Justine at Paws-n-Claws Pet Shop in Olive Yard, off the High Street in Uckfield for donating food, money and a hedgehog shelter to WRAS to help with its life saving work, without these sorts of donations WRAS couldn’t exist, so please support this brilliant independent pet food store in Uckfield.
We have had a few bats in this week. Jenny Clark at Sussex Bat Hospital at Forest Row and Karen Hammond from Sussex Bat Group in Hastings have taken most of them on from us. Sadly most of them were injured by cats. WRAS rescuer Tony Neads was called to Polegate Nursing Home to catch a bat found flying round a bedroom. He was able to catch the bat which was housed at WRAS for the day, test flown in the evening and then taken back out for release.