IT HAS been another busy week of rescues. I so wish we could help more people but it’s just not physically, mentally or financially possible, but it doesn’t stop you from feeling guilty
Over the past week we have had Martin Usborne, a writer and photographer volunteering with us. He is taking a year out to help animals and is writing a blog and will eventually write up his experience into a book.
He decided to spend four days working and following WRAS. He is still writing up his blog but you can follow his year out at www.yeartohelp.com.
The hardest thing Martin had to experience was two dog attacked baby deer.
We rushed out after receiving a call to Earls Down on the B2096 between Battle and Heathfield on Tuesday last week.
Rescuers were on site within 30 minutes and had to walk across a couple of fields and a bog in order to find the chocolate coloured fawn, which had sadly passed away shortly before we arrived. When we examined the deer we discovered an horrendous injury which had been caused by the lady’s retriever dog.
On Thursday last week were called again to a dog attacked fawn. This time a couple of miles south of Dallington. We rushed to the scene to find the fawn was still alive with very similar but worse injuries.
To make matters worse the fawn had been caught in stock fencing before being attacked by the dog which was a ‘labradoodle’ breed. The wounds were horrendous and our vet authorised us to sedate her before heading into Heathfield Vets which was the closest for the poor creature to be euthanased.
I think we are all in a degree in shock after dealing with these incidents. They are the worse dog attack wounds I have ever seen. Credit to the dog owners for doing what was right in ensuring they deer were dealt with as quickly as possible and for calling us. They were genuinely upset and concerned after the incidents.
We are urging anyone with a dog which has a tendency to chase wildlife or which is not completely obedient to be kept on a lead during June, July, August and September in order to help prevent such incidents from occurring. Fawns will be left in long grass, bracken & scrubland where they will hide if a predator is nearby and only run at the last minute. We have now had 5 dog attacked deer this Summer all which have been fatalities due to their injuries.
We also had to rush out to a third chocolate coloured baby fallow deer which had been cut free from stock fencing on Saturday afternoon. The youngster now named Ebony had fly eggs removed before her wounds were cleaned.
She has a ligature wound around her right leg, as well as grazes and minor injuries to both legs. She is now being cared for by WRAS carers Chris and Sylvia up on Ashdown Forest. We hope this one will survive.
Martin I attended a wood pigeon stuck in an chimney of a house in Butts Lane, Willingdon last week to. The bird had fallen down the chimney and was resting on a plate across the chimney plate.
At first when I looked up the chimney, whilst lying on the floor, I couldn’t see anything, but then all of a sudden the bird appeared from behind the hinged plate sending soot everywhere and all over me!
I was then able to easily catch the bird with my hands and check him over. A quick examination showed the bird to be fit and well so was released outside where he flew off across the garden and up to the top of some rather tall trees.
We attended to a crow trapped in a tree in Seaford last week. Martin climbed up into the tree to throw a rope over the branch which the crow was caught in.
Using the ladders off the ambulance as an “A” frame and others rescuers pulling on the rope to lower the branch, we were able to reach the crow and cut it free and bring it into care due to a ligature wound to its foot.
We had two very small baby pigeons come into care on Friday night. Babies Nut and Bolt this are doing very well after WRAS carer Kathy spent the entire night up with them as they were only around six hours old.
They are doing everything they should be at this stage, crops emptying pretty well and poo is improving, nice and squeaky, one is slightly stronger than the other but they are starting to ‘beak joust’ with each other as well.
Last week we were called to Poundland in Terminus Road, Eastbourne. A young wood pigeon walked inside the store, and after being frightened by a shopper in the store, he flew up hit the wall and fell down behind the wall display.
Kathy and I had to clear a section of shelves, and unscrew a metal plate and squeeze him out under the display shelves.
He came into the Casualty Centre for a couple of days but was fit enough to return and be released back to his parents who joined him on release.