Trevor’s Week - April 4, 2012: Frozen fox cub saved

YOU CAN tell we are entering spring, we had four more fox cubs in this week. The first two cubs were reported on a patio and in danger of falling into a swimming pool at North Chailey.

Rescuer Kathy went out to check them and they were suitable to try and return to their mum, but sadly mum never returned.

Cub number three was a real emergency, when we arrived the cub was extremely cold, and almost dead. The cub was located behind a dustbin on concrete.

New rescuer Jayden and I spent more than 15 minutes working on the poor cub which felt frozen to the core, before we were satisfied that the cub was stable enough to be transported.

Cub number four came in at the weekend via Highcroft vets in Hailsham, with its eyes shut. All the cubs are being reared for WRAS by Debbie at Wildlife A&E at Rotherfield.

We have also been out to a very poorly fox in Martyns Way in Bexhill.

The fox was curled up in the sun, but clearly injured with nasty injuries to one leg and an open wound down to the bone and was also badly infected. The fox was caught fairly easily and transported to the local Chase Vets where the wounds were assessed but sadly too badly damaged to repair.

Thank you to everyone at the Royal British Legion Club in Hawkhurst who donated £120 to WRAS after we ran one of our Unusual Quiz Nights for them on Saturday night.

We are happy to run these fun quizzes for any organisation, we only ask for a minimum donation of £70 plus £25-£30 for the purchase of items for the quiz depending on number of people attending.

These quizzes are great fun, and involve tasting, smelling, listening, watching, memory and more!

What a great way to have a fun evening and help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife at the same time.

We had a late night call-out last week after a little cat attacked Pippistrelle bat found in Meads, Eastbourne. The bat suffered torn wing membranes and punctures wounds and we kept it overnight before transporting the little creature up to Jenny Clark at the Sussex Bat Hospital for more specialist help.

A lady in Stone Cross contact WRAS after seeing a starling flying around in her roof space. The starling took a bit of finding but was eventually caught and was fit enough to be taken outside for release after a checkup.

We have had more badgers to deal with this week too. Vet Chris Hall from Henley House Vets in Uckfield had to stitch up a wound on the jaw of a badger rescued at Laughton.

The badger was rescued from under a pick up truck. Trying to catch a mobile badger under a pick-up truck, with nowhere to corner him can be difficult. Approaching from three sides we were able to get a dog grasper on him, though the badger put up a fair fight. The wounds to its neck, jaw, and rump were probably that caused by another badger.

This time of year is a typical time for us to see territorial fights between badgers and we often get called to pick up the pieces. The badger is recovering well bedded down in WRAS’s Casualty Centre in one of the new indoor enclosures.

Sadly we also had a badly emaciated badger in from the Polegate area found in some woods, but it was sadly too far gone to be able to recover but at least we were able to prevent further suffering.

The badger rescued behind East Hoathly Post Office is doing well and hopefully will be releaseable soon. The road casualty badger from Little Common was taken to the vets for an operation but was discovered to have fractured his pelvis in seven places and the vet had no opinion to put the badger to sleep.

Talking of black and white animals, don’t forget that Jessie’s Trust are holding their fifth Anniversary Fair on Good Friday, April 6, at the War Memorial Hall in Alfriston between 12 and 4pm. They are attempting a Guinness World Record attempt for Most people dressed as a Dalmatian at 2pm, there will also be a Pet Show, Cake stall, bric-a-brac, Easter Bunny Hunt, refreshments and lots more.

I have been invited to help judge the pet show too, which I am really looking forward to. Plus a special appearance by Miss Cruella De Ville.

On Sunday April 8 we will be taking part in the Eastbourne Bonfire Society’s Easter Fair at the Redoubt Fortress on Eastbourne Seafront, starting at 11am till 4pm, there will be various stalls, refreshments, beer tent, fancy dress, crafts, plus the Pentacle Drummers, M25, Matt Cooper and Peak Output and Nomad.

WRAS is privileged to be one of the chosen charities along with Canine Partners and Demelza who are also one of my favourite children’s charities.

This week has certainly been a week of evening and night time calls. A volunteer from Folly Wildlife Rescue contacted WRAS late at night after dealing with a poorly hedgehog, the hedgehog was in need of urgent attention and they asked if we could assist. The hedgehog had been found a few days previous stuck in a drain, but the finder left the hedgehog in a box after removing it and only passed it on to one of Folly’s volunteers two days later. He needed urgent medication as he was in a lot of pain from injuries to his paws and body caused by struggling to get out of the drain.

Hedgehogs have been starting to wake up in the wild over the last week, we have seen a number of our own wild visitors return to the garden luckily fit and healthy, please make sure there is water out for all your garden wildlife as there has not been much rain. Hedgehogs in particular will appreciate wet meat based cat food in jelly, dried mealworms, small cat biscuits, or other hedgehog food.

We managed to get eight of our over wintering hedgehogs released in the last week with the warm days and milder nights, however the nights have cooled off again so we are hanging fire with the next batch.

If you passed a hog on to us over the autumn or winter and it has recovered, then Kathy will be contacting you over the next three or four weeks to arrange its release.

This is why it is so important for us to have full details of where an animal is found, especially if you leave it at a vets surgery, as we always endeavour to release animals back to their original location as they will be familiar ith the food sources and local dangers and places of safety.

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East Sussex WRAS is a voluntary organisation which relies on donations, receiving no funding from government or the RSPCA. Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact the treasurer at PO Box 2148, Seaford, BN25 9DE.

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