Trevor’s Week - February 2, 2011

YET ANOTHER fallow deer this weekend, this time at Framfield near Uckfied.

The deer was originally reported on Sunday morning to the RSPCA who were unable to find the deer which unfortunately had been cut free by a member of the public.

WRAS received a call early afternoon to say a deer had been found in a wooded stream which appears to be the same deer, only a couple of hundred metres from where it had been cut free in the morning.

The deer was at the bottom of a stream on top of dam of branches and leaves and was having difficulty moving, sinking into the mud, water and leaves.

It was a good walk across three fields, several stiles and across four electric fences to get to the deer. Rescuers Sue Archer and Kathy Martyn accompanied me.

Kathy was able to secure the deer while Sue and I administered first aid.

Both rear legs were injured, one suffering from barbed wire injuries and the other from a ligature wound as a result of being caught in the fence.

Luckily the bone structure was all in place and no sign of any dislocations either.

We managed to slide the deer onto a stretcher and carry her back to the WRAS Ambulance but not without a few challenges, negotiating the electric fencing, a swing gate and numerous stiles! I’m glad she wasn’t a fully grown fallow deer or she would have been much heavy to carry.

Kathy and I took her straight up to St Tiggywinkles and she transported well, head up and looking around and alert throughout. It took veterinary staff at St Tiggywinkles over an hour to work on her wounds before being able to settle her into her new home.

WHILE this was going on rescuer Sue attended a pigeon with a possible broken wing near Eastbourne Fire Station and rescuers Val and Murrae rushed to a fox in Arlington Road West, Hailsham, which was in a poor state but unfortunately died on their way to the vets.

They have also dealt with another fox found in Luton Close, Eastbourne, which is thought to have been run over and had spinal injuries and needed to be put down at the vets.

Another fox was hit by a car outside Lidl at Sidley, Bexhill, but died just before rescuer Jean arrived. Not a good time of year for wildlife casualties.

WRAS rescuers Val and Murrae also dealt with a swan at Langney Pond, Eastbourne after local residents and members of Swan Watch grew concerned about a swan sat at the side of Sandpiper Walk. The swan turned out to be bullied by the two resident swans and needed moving for its own safety and protection.

RESCUER Tony responded to a swan injured in a field near Litlington last week, the swan had blood on its body and an unusual lump on its wing.

Tony got extremely muddy and wet trying to catch the swan but his perseverance paid off and the swan was delivered up to our casualty centre for assessment.

I was able to clean up the wound and provide first aid and bed the young swan down for the night.

The following day the swan was taken up to the Swan Sanctuary for assessment by their veterinary staff.

Luckily the swan rescued at Hailsham Common Pond a few weeks ago was able to return to the pond last week, the lump in its neck which caused local residents to grow concerned several weeks ago turned out to be an abscess probably caused by a fishing hook.

WE HAVE had several more collared doves in this week all in very poorly conditions. Using the microscope to check and examine faecal samples we have been able to identify severe coccidiosis.

We have also sent a sample off for analysis to check the identification of several other possible protozoa found.

This will really help us target our treatment better.

We have also had a couple more pigeons in, including one with a nasty wound to the back of its neck. Despite the wound looking very nasty it has been thoroughly cleaned using an iodine solution and the pigeon is making a really good recovery.

WE HAVE set some dates for two more courses at our casualty centre at Whitesmith.

We will repeat the Introduction to Wildlife Rescue course on Monday, February 7, 6.30pm for 6.45pm start, finishing at 9.30pm - also on Friday, February 11, 1.30pm for 1.45pm start finishing at 4.30pm.

Also we will be running our Waterfowl Awareness Course to help members of the public, parks and garden staff and other interested in wildlife welfare to learn more about the behaviour and situations our waterfowl get themselves into and what you can do before the wildlife rescue attend on site.

The Waterfowl Awareness courses are on Thursday, February 17 and Tuesday, February 22, 6.30pm for a 6.45pm, start finishing about 9.30pm.

The Waterfowl courses are £10 per person and the Introduction to Wildlife Rescue course is £15 person.

Please book by email trevor@wildlifeambulance.org or by dialling 01825 873003 Monday to Friday between 10am and 6pm only please do not call this number for emergencies or casualties.