Trevor’s Week - May 18, 2011

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Another amazingly busy week, with lots of stress and strains on WRAS.

I must start by thanking all our hard working volunteers, especially the rescuers, who have been working tirelessly all week. We have driven more than 2,000 miles over the past week, dealing with rescues and transporting casualties about.

We have had a hedgehog in Woodlands Avenue, Eastbourne, found wandering around by the speed humps during the day time, a road casualty gull in Seaford, a hedgehog spiked by a garden fork in Seaford, several road casualty foxes also in Seaford, a road casualty pheasant on the A27 Lewes by-pass, several injured gulls in Eastbourne – mainly road casualties, several injured doves, several cat attacked birds, another fox was picked out of the sea at Sovereign Harbour by rescuer Tony, and successfully treated and released, a gosling, and more ducklings, to name just a few.

We have a fox cub from Pevensey Bay in care at the moment. He has fractured one of his rear legs. Thanks to help from Henley House Vets the fox now has a partial cast to help with the recovery. We can’t put a full cast on due to the speed at which fox cubs grow, so in two weeks’ time the cast and bandages will need to be replaced.

Really pleased to let you know that Hermione” – this months name heme is Harry Potter – the road casualty duck and her seven little “muggles” were successfully released before 6am on Thursday morning last week by Tony B.

We really weren’t too optimistic about her chances so we are really pleased she survived after her horrendous ordeal.

She was released really early back down in the area where she was found, and the road was monitored in case she wanted to cross but she luckily went off in the opposite direction.

We rushed to the aid of a baby roe deer found in a ploughed field near Muddles Green, Chiddingly, last week.

The poor little creature, weighing less than 2kg, was badly dehydrated and underweight and clearly had not been with mum for a while.

It was picked up and carer Chris was up all night taking care of him. He is now being looked after by Chris, Sylvia and Debbie who are doing an amazing job.

We have not named him yet as its bad luck to do so within the first 10 days, which is the critical period for their care.

So two days later when we had an emergency call about a baby deer at Wannock Lane, Willingdon, we rushed down expecting to find a similar situation.

The caller said it was a baby running around a cul-de-sac. When we arrived there was no sign of the baby deer, and when they described the size of the deer is was clearly an adult roe deer and had antlers!

I should have asked for a better description before rushing down. They were also at the foot of the Downs backing onto the fields. We have roe deer down near Compton Place, around Old Town and Eastbourne Cemetery. Roe deer are great at jumping 6 to 7ft fences and travelling from garden to garden in residential areas.

We have a little starling in this week which gave a lady in Willingdon’s Tesco Express store a bit of a shock when it fell onto her shoulder! The bird was caught but rather underweight. Rescuer Sue took him on and gave him several days of TLC and he was returned and released able to fly at the weekend.

Don’t forget in a few weeks time is the Wildlife Wednesday educational day at Michelham Priory, off the A22 at Hailsham.

Our patron Sarah Jane Honeywell best known for her work with Cbeebies, will be coming along to help. There will be displays on marine life rescue, the importance of bees, on our work undertaking wildlife rescue, pond dipping and much more. The priory is a fantastic location and great historic moated house and medieval gatehouse and fantastic gardens too.

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