Fox cubs move to new outdoor pen

Its been a good week for releases. The mum and ducklings which were roaming around Uckfield Town Centre in danger of getting run over, have now been released back to the wild. We found a secluded spot on the near by Nature Reserve and released them.  We are getting quite a few calls about mums and ducklings at the moment. Many people are surprised to see a pair of ducks down in their garden or mum and babies suddenly appear. Duck will generally nest away from ponds and rivers as it is safer for them. Around ponds you will get foxes, gulls, corvids, mink, stoats, birds of prey, and other meat eating creatures which know they are likely to find an easy meal. So gardens are generally safer, and if she sits still the local cats and foxes will probably just walk straight past her whilst hidden up under a hedge where they are not expecting her.  Duck have been know to nest on flat roofs, in planters and even on top of walls covered in ivy.  If you see a mum and ducklings generally keep an eye on them from a distance, unless in immediate danger like being run over.  She will know where she wants to walk them to. Try not to force her to go where you want her to go. Be patient with her. She may walk back and forth for a while which could indicate that she is struggling to get past a fence or you are standing in her way.  Generally on little estate cul-de-sacs they can be walked along the grass verge to safety, but if there are heading towards a busy road the give us a call and we will try our best to get there and help them out.  Only catch them as a last resort and please do not just catch them and dump them on the nearest pond.  There have been several incidents of people dumping mum and ducklings at places like Princes Park and Hampden Park lakes, and we have had to then step in and rescue those who have not been killed by the other ducks, geese or swans.  Certainly, ducklings on their own should not be dumped on ponds; they need to come into care.

Wall hedgehog being released

The hedgehog which was rescued from about 4ft down inside a wall in Meadow Place Uckfield was released on Friday night.  We get quite a few hedgehogs seen around that area of Uckfield and into Harcourt Close and Road.

We have had an influx of hedgehogs with badly damaged rear legs this week. We have sent three for amputation, of which one of them sadly was too badly damaged for amputation to take place.  The other two are doing well and are on the road to recovery. Once we know they have built up enough strength in the remaining rear leg. We put them into outside pens to check how they cope. Animals are as individual as humans so there is no one rule fits all. Some cope others don’t. Each animal is taken on its own merits.  They are microchipped so if they come back in to care we can see how they have managed. It is something all rescues have differing opinions on as some have found issues with skin or ear conditions on the side where the leg is missing, but so far we haven’t, and have had good follow up on hogs released in gardens where they visit regularly. We also see quite a few hedgehogs come in from the wild with amputation which have occurred in the wild and healed without any veterinary assistance.  They often come in for  unrelated reasons but seem to be coping well which also reassures us, but we are aware of others concerns as well based on their experience.  At WRAS we try to have a balanced approach to dealing with casualties and treat them all on a case by case basis. We certainly don’t put all disabled or elderly animals to sleep.

Fox cubs move to new outdoor pen

Our first group of cubs have moved to their new larger outside enclosure this week. The next step on their road to freedom. An incredible amount of work has gone on day and night to get them this far, fantastic work by the orphan team!

Fox cubs move to new outdoor pen

A group of our long term residents have been moved to an outdoor aviary this week. They have loved the sunny weather. This group are long term patients recovering from neurological as well as other injuries. Some of which have been with us for over 18 months.  However, we have been amazed at how well they are progressing and hopefully some of them will be releasable soon.

 

 

Trevor Weeks MBE

Founder & Operations Director

 

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Reg Charity 1108880

 

Office: 01825-873003

24Hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234

Trevor’s Private Mobile: 07931-523958

 

Address:

Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD.

 

3 Fox Cubs rescued in 12 hours.

Very-Poorly-Fox-cub-from-Hailsham

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) has been called out to three fox cubs within the last 12 hours.

 

The first was at 10:30pm (15th May 2018) in London Road Hailsham after being hit by a car. A WRAS volunteers found the cub and kept it safe till a WRAS Veterinary Ambulance arrived. The cub was very poorly and barely alive.  The cub was monitored closely on the way back to WRAS’s Casualty Centre and stopped breathing, so the ambulance had to pull over and emergency first aid given to get the cub breathing again.  Once at WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre vets were contacted and the cub gently warmed up as well as being medicated and give vital fluids.  He was placed in WRAS Intensive Care Unit and monitored closely. Over the next hour the cub regained consciousness and stabilised so was moved to a larger cage and was encouraged to lap cat food mixed with rehydration fluid.  WRAS’s Care Team are working hard to pull him through.

Fox cub from Eastbourne entangled in netting

The second fox cub was at 7:20am this morning (16th May 2018) an emergency call was received after a fox cub was found entangled in a child’s football goal netting in a garden in Salehurst Road Eastbourne. The caller came out into their garden first thing in the morning to find the cub running around the garden with the goal attached. When rescuers arrived the cub had wedged himself in a gap between the shed and a wall and was having breathing difficulties. The cub was quickly secured in a carrier and the netting cut free. “It is really important in these situations to ensure the animal is secure before cutting free otherwise it could run off with some netting still attached and cause long term ligature issues. It is also important not to just release them as ligature wounds can be invisible and break down due to pressure necrosis a few days later and prove to be fatal” said Duty Rescue Co-ordinator Chris Riddington.

The cub was admitted to WRAS’s Casualty Centre and will now be observed for a few days to make sure there is no after effects.

Rescuer Chris with the road casualty cub from Hailsham

The third fox cub was reported just before 9am and found in the middle of the Royal Eastbourne Golf Course being attacked by crows. Staff at the golf course contacted WRAS and a Veterinary Ambulance attended on site. The small cub had already been boxed up when rescuers arrived.  He was transported back to WRAS’s Casualty Centre where he gum colour was found to be quite pale and he was dehydrated.  “We think this cub may just be in shock from being mobbed by the crows. He is certainly a very adventurous cub and now very lively. We will monitor him closely today and potential try and get him back to mum if possible” said WRAS founder Trevor Weeks MBE.

 

Fox cubs are quite active at this time of year. They will come out during the day time and play in gardens or sun bathe.  They are now at the development stage where they start wandering around without mum. This is causing them to get into trouble finding themselves in places they should be.  WRAS hopes that all of these foxes will be able to be returned to their families as long as not lasting damage has occurred.

Baby Tawny Owl flown to Vale

It is not just fox cubs which WRAS is dealing with at the moment.   WRAS has several baby Tawny Owls in care at the moment including two found in the middle of roads. One young owl this morning (16th May 2018) has kindly been flown from Shoreham Airport to Staverton Airport in Gloucestershire by WRAS supporter Graham Mountford for specialist surgery at Vale Wildlife Hospital. WRAS’s Orphan rooms are of many young birds from robins, blackbirds, starlings, finches, corvids, ducklings and rabbits.  In WRAS’s main hospital wards the Care Team are also caring for numerous pigeons and doves, gulls, adult tawny owls, and numerous hedgehogs, of which several have come in with strimmer wounds requiring rear leg amputations.

A nest of baby birds delivered to WRAS’s Orphan Room

“We have an amazingly dedicated life saving team at WRAS, we have always aimed to be as professional as possible involving veterinary surgeons in every aspect of our work and pushing the boundaries of what we are able to achieve at the same time ensuring we put the animals welfare first at all times” said WRAS founder Trevor Weeks.

 

As well as having over 130 volunteers WRAS has 4 full time members of staff work on just minimum wage but they also work twice as many hours on a voluntary basis than they get paid for due to their dedication to helping wildlife in need. WRAS is an award winning community charity which deals with over 3000 casualties a year. It is funded entirely on donations and wanting to know more about the charity can visit their website at www.wildlifeambulance.org.

Trevor Weeks MBE

Founder & Operations Director

 

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Reg Charity 1108880

 

Office: 01825-873003

24Hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234

Trevor’s Private Mobile: 07931-523958

 

Address:

Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD.