Trevor’s Week - August 31, 2011: Donate your unused sat nav to us for recyling

IT HAS been another week for releasing and rescuing casualties.

The Chalvington family of hedgehogs have been set free, but we have had a few more hedgehogs rescued in really horrible conditions including several with very nasty maggot-infested injuries.

We are also starting to get the lungworm and parasite burdened hedgehogs coming in.

The night time temperatures have been dipping quite low over the past week and some hedgehogs have been attempting to find new and warmer nest sites.

The pigeon which Paul and I rescued trapped under Eastbourne Pier a few weeks ago has been released back on Eastbourne seafront, but we have had several pigeons come in for care including a baby wood pigeon rescued after the tree it was nested in was felled.

Thinking the baby deer season was over was a big mistake! We ended up with another one this week and we were amazed at how small she was and only about five-days-old. She was a remarkable chocolate brown colour so we had to name her Dime after the chocolate bar.

She was rescued by residents at Fletching, near Uckfield, and taken home and the WRAS called.

We gave first aid before taking her up to foster parents Chris and Sylvia.

Her leg is a worry, though, as she was caught in a fence and although the external damage does not look much the usual ligature worries exist.

Her foot does not have great circulation but we hope this will improve with treatment.

Sadly poor little D’Sampson had to be put to sleep this week. He was the baby deer caught in stock fencing near Dallington several weeks ago.

We have always been worried about him. He has had a lot to cope with, first of all being caught in the stock fencing by a rear leg causing a nasty ligature wound.

He has been struggling to manage and last week he started getting lethargic, and stopped eating.

He came back inside for some one-on-one care but did not improve so was taken back to the vets and placed on intravenous fluids.

He still kept going downhill to the point - we felt it was not fair to continue any further with treatment.

We were all very disappointed and very upset for all involved.

Button and her baby have been about this week and gave us an amazing display of her mothering skills, some of which we managed to get on video.

This has been uploaded to our You Tube Channel www.youtube.com/user/eastsussexwras.

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DO YOU have a sat nav which you don’t use any more? You can help raise funds for WRAS by donating your sat nav to us for recyling.

Please post them to East Sussex WRAS, Unit 8, The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD.

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WHAT A great day at the Seaford Fun Dog Show at the weekend. It was a great event and well attended.

I was asked to help be one of the guest judges and it was a real privilege to meet so many loveable dogs and obviously very caring owners.

It was a good job no one entered a greyhound in the category “dog judges would love to take home with them” as I would probably have taken the dog home with me!

The weather was a bit of a shame, but the day certainly appeared to be a great success.

Well done to Sue, Lucy and all the Seaford Dog Rescue volunteers for such hard work.

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NOW we are nearing the end of the baby gull season, it might be worth people having a look at this website which has come up with some very good advice on how we could live better with our feathered friends, www.grassrootsengland.com/2011/08/be-friend-to-seagulls.html

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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.

24-hour rescue line: 07815 078234, www.wildlifeambulance.org