Trevor’s Week - November 15, 2011: Tricks of the mind!

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WE HAD an urgent call to a badger on the Cuckoo Trail at Horam last week, WRAS rescuer Tony Neads rushed to the scene and found what at first looked like a small young badger.

Tony wrapped her up and rushed her to WRAS’s Casualty Centre where she was checked over better and was actually found to be a very elderly badger, which had lost more than 50 per cent of her body weight.

She also had just three teeth in her mouth which were extremely worn, which explains the weight loss as she can’t eat properly.

Sadly she would not be releasable and had to be taken to the vets to prevent her suffering any more.

It great to see that a badger has managed to live such a good long life, when we see so many young badger road casualties.

I RUSHED out to an injured fox at Little Common this morning. It had very nasty old bite wounds to the pelvis area which were severely infected.

The fox was in a collapsed state and fitting.

We rushed it to the vets where we found its kidneys were shutting down and had to sadly be put down as otherwise she would have been a very nice looking vixen, such a shame.

BRITISH Divers Marine Life Rescue asked if we would transport a seal crate up to Leighton Buzzard on Friday night last week.

It had to be a special size to fit in a light aircraft being used to fly a young seal from Scotland down to Norfolk for specialist eye treatment.

It was a rather late-night run, returning home in the early hours. I think I might have been driving for a little too long, as I ended up doing an emergency stop for a road casualty plastic bag which I thought was a rabbit!

Luckily the roads were empty at the time.

I add this to a few of the other tricks of the mind. I’ve stopped for a badly injured fox which turned out to be the stuffing from a sofa; a squirrel which turned out to be a workman’s glove; another squirrel which turned out to be a pile of dog hair; a fox which turned out to be a small pile of broken bricks (don’t ask!); a badger which turned out to be a sand bag and the list goes on!

A few of the other rescue centres have posted some of their tricks of the mind on our Facebook page, so you don’t already follow us visit us at www.facebook.com/wildlifeambulance.

I HAD two midnight call-outs last week to Buxted near Uckfield. The first call woke me up and I got dressed and rushed out and found a fox on a grass verge, but when I stopped and jumped out the fox looked up and me and legged it.

The following night I had exactly the same thing happen again! I think this fox is having a joke with passing motorists.

WE ALSO rescued an adult hedgehog in Polegate with a wound to its face, it looks a lot worse than it actually is, and we hope he should make a full recovery.

The wound luckily missed the hedgehog’s eye by only a few millimetres. Three more hedgehogs in from Westham last week, we have named them Tea and Coffee they are from the same address as Pumpkin and a fourth sibling who sadly didn’t make it.

The other was a young hedgehog in from the same address as Pie from last winter.

He came in from the vets along with a smaller hoglet from Eastbourne who was covered in small ticks and fleas as well as an old eye injury.

WE HAVE a young feral pigeon in from the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust found down on the ground with a broken leg last week.

We also had a collared dove with possible bird of prey capture wounds to its chest, now in care and on treatment - via Chase Vets, London Road, St Leonards.

There was also a poorly pigeon admitted, as possible road casualty, with damage to leg and foot, and wound to the right wing too, but now on treatment and will hopefully make a full recovery.

I DID a talk inside St Mary’s Church in Hailsham last week, for Hailsham U3A, certainly an unusual location but it went surprising well with an audience of about 60 people and raised a great £115 for WRAS. I undertake quite a few talks throughout the year. I don’t charge for my talks in the local area but expect a donation for WRAS, otherwise I look for a minimum donation of £40. If you are interested in booking a talk visit www.eastsussexwras.org.uk and filling the Booking a Talk form.

You can also use this website if you want to leave feedback after a rescue or are interested in volunteering.

All our Christmas goods are now available on our e-bay shop, just visit www.wildlifeambulance.org

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