Trevor’s Week: It’d been one of those weeks!

Little hedgehog
Little hedgehog

This little female hedgehog has come into WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre after being found in a garden in Buxted.

She seems in fairly good condition but has a slight neck line. She weighs 217g. We have recently had two other adult hedgehogs from the same garden out during the day, but luckily neither of them appears to have been a mum.

We have also had a number of hedgehogs with dog bite injuries, some fairly nasty with prolapses due to the pressure applied by the force of the dogs jaws. Most dog attacked hedgehogs are normally fine and the blood on them quite often turns out to be from the dog’s prickled mouth and no serious injuries.

I have felt sorry for our rescuers this week who have had some horrible injuries to deal with.

With the horrendous dog bite wounds on the hedgehogs, to gulls with mangled wings after being hit by cars, it’s been a hard week. Some of the road casualty gulls have included rescues at The Goffs, Eastbourne; the Sussex Police Custody Suite in Hammonds Drive; Langney Road; outside the Kings Church and in Station Road Seaford.

Kathy is currently looking after three little woodies at her home, it seems like every time one gets old enough to be admitted to the Casualty Centre another youngster need her attention. Kathy has a little hatchling which is now about 12-14 days old, his wounds are healing and you wouldn’t know there was a problem with him to see him now.

The second hatchling youngster is on his own at the moment as he has a nasty open wound on his thigh, but once it starts to heal they should be able to go in together. The older baby woody from Uckfield was caught by a cat. Kathy attended and found him cold, quite weak, eyes closed and in clear discomfort. He had a medium sized rupture to one side of his crop with seed spilling out,

He also had puncture wounds to his back, wing and a wound on his thigh taking the skin off exposing the muscle. We rushed him to the vets not expecting a great outcome, but they have done a fantastic job on him and were willing to give him a chance. He is stitched, stapled and took his first feed of Lectade well without anything leaking out.

Poor soul must have been gasping for a drink. He has had pain relief and antibiotics so fingers crossed for him & that he can soon play with the other babies. Big thank you to Chris Hall at Henley House Vets for being prepared to give this little guy a chance.

“We have also had a number of hedgehogs with dog bite injuries, some fairly nasty with prolapses”

“The second hatchling youngster is on his own at the moment as he has a nasty open wound on his thigh”