Trevor’s Week - April 20, 2011

A young badger cub recently rescued by WRAS
A young badger cub recently rescued by WRAS

LAST week we had two calls to two baby badger cubs.

The first was at Friston Forest near Snap Hill. The badger was found wandering around the woods and started following a lady and her dogs through the forest.

Rescuers attended on site and whilst Kathy and Sue rushed the badger up to Folly Wildlife Rescue near Tunbridge Wells, Tony B and myself took a walk in the forest to check for any other badgers.

We don’t know why the badger was wandering like this but in case mum has died we walked the area checking to see if there were any other youngsters wandering too.

The area was checked the following day too. Within a few hours we received another call about a second baby badger found at Mount Pleasant near Newhaven. Rescuers collected the badger which was also taken up to Folly Wildlife Rescue to join the one from Friston Forest.

That same evening we also had a report of a fox cub fallen down an embankment off Paradise Drive, Eastbourne, the area was checked over and the fox cub examined and WRAS rescuers Monica and Brian were convinced the cub had been abandoned and that it would have been unsafe to attempt to return the cub due to the location, it is now being cared for by Debbie.

VAL AND Murrae responded to a call for help from a lady in Langney on Saturday night after a dog attacked and badly injured a cat. The poor cat had severe facial injuries and had to be rushed to the vets for urgent treatment.

Tony B also had a call to a badly injured gull at East Dean at the weekend which had to be taken into the vets too. Kathy is hand rearing some baby pigeons and a young collared dove both from Eastbourne.

At the weekend we were called to a deer caught by its antlers at Park Wood near Burwash, but a ranger attended on site and released the deer before we arrived.

“Shirley” the badger caught in a snare near Chiddingly was also released last week after five weeks of treatment and care, there is a short video of her release on our You Tube page www.youtube.com/user/eastsussexwras.

A pheasant is currently residing with us being treated as a road casualty but hopefully will make a recovery and will soon be released.

Tony N also attended to a badly injured badger at Alfriston early one morning but unfortunately it died from its injuries which are thought to be caused by a car.

KAREN Breese completed the London Marathon and the final leg of her marathon challenge to raise money for East Sussex WRAS!

She has run more than 169 miles running nine races in nine weeks.

She has taken part and completed the Brighton Half Marathon, Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon, Eastbourne Half Marathon, Lydd Half Marathon, Hastings Half Marathon, Paddock Wood Half Marathon, Sussex Marathon, Brighton Marathon, finishing with the London Marathon last weekend.

She has done an amazing job and raised over £560 to help WRAS.

It is not too late to donate and support Karen and WRAS, please visit her justgiving site www.justgiving.com/kazwras and make a donation.

From everyone at WRAS, thank you very much Karen for all your hard work to help support our work!

GEETA and Kartick from Wildlife SOS India have visited East Sussex WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre for a tour and visit of our humble establishment.

They clearly liked what we’re doing and took photos to share ideas from our setup with their colleagues back in India. Wildlife SOS India working with International Animal Rescue successfully clearing all the dancing bears from the streets of India, an amazing success.

VOLUNTEER rescuers Tony B, Tony N, Sue Archer and myself were involved in a duck rescue at Hailsham Common Pond last week, the duck had a very badly injured wing and injured leg.

Patience is always a virtue in dealing with rescues and rescuers took their time waiting for the ideal situation to develop.

As the duck came out onto the bank, I waded out and got into a small inflatable boat and approached from the water side.

As the duck tried to run up the grass away from me approaching in the boat, rescuers Tony B and Tony N were able to move along the bank to block off the birds escape route and catch the bird with a net.

The bird was given emergency medication on site but at the vets the shoulder joint and start of wing was found to have completely disintegrated and was heavily infected. Sadly the bird was put to sleep.

IT HAS been great to get the warmer Spring weather this past week which allowed us to get an amazing 26 hedgehogs out for release who have overwintered with us.

Nearly all of these were autumn or winter-born babies who had been too small to survive in the wild & many have been very ill with lungworm, skin problems, and some came in with only three legs, goodness knows what some of these babies had been getting up to in the first few months of life!

Some of these guys came in as small as 230g, and they are now going back to the wild between 750 & 1kg +.

We always try wherever possible to return hedgehogs back to where they came from (as with other animals & birds). Very occasionally it’s not possible, with some types of disability, or if a vet clinic haven’t taken details of where they were found, which means that we have to spend a great deal of time doing a soft release with these hogs into a unfamiliar area, or as with a few of our disabled hogs find secure gardens for them.

All our overwintered hogs disabled or otherwise should be leaving us over the next few weeks, with another nine leaving us in the coming week.

Many thanks to our volunteers for rallying round taking all the hogs back to where they came, it has certainly been a logistical challenge.