Cowslip the hedgehog on its way to recovery

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East Sussex WRAS is holding a fox rescue day on Saturday May 18 at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.

WRAS will be running presentations showing the charity works helping sick, injured and orphaned foxes and at the end of the presentation visitors will get to see one of WRAS’s fox cubs. Booking is required and entry is for a minimum donation of £5.

The event is being held at WRAS’s Casualty Care Centre on the A22 at Whitesmith near Hailsham, Uckfield and Lewes. To book please call 01825-873003.

Last week’s busy Bank Holiday saw us start a very busy week. WRAS rescuers had to deal with a fox cub caught in chain link fencing in Langney, an injured wood pigeon in Hailsham, an orphaned squirrel in Hove, an underweight hedgehog in Lewes, an injured young pigeon in Eastbourne, a number of road casualty gulls in Eastbourne and Langney as well as two in Seaford, plus we have released the gull which was caught in netting at Hastings Direct in Bexhill .

We have also had several calls from outside our area including Norfolk, Dover, Nottingham and North Wales.

Kate, Kathy and Lindsay supported by our fantastic Orphan Bird Team have been busy too.

Many of the birds are on 20, 30 or 45 minute feeds and the job of feeding them is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge, once you finish it’s time to start at the beginning again.

They have done a great job with the young robins, blackbirds and now thrushes which have started coming in. It won’t be long before we start getting the finches and tits coming in.

Three robins came in from Chiddingly one with nasty wound under its wing, another with an air pocket and puncture wounds, and a third which appeared clear of injury. Most young birds are coming in after being caught by cats or other predators at the moment.

Another date for your diary is another of our unusual quiz nights being held at East Dean Village Hall on Saturday June 8. Doors open at 7pm and the quiz starts at 8pm. Tickets are £10. To book just contact Kate on 01825-873003.

We have had some very poorly hedgehogs come in over the past couple of weeks.

Several hedgehogs have come out of hibernation clearly struggling with their weight and health.

One which Kathy and I rescued last week in Uckfield was very sick indeed. He was very cold and found under a wheelbarrow in the daytime, the only reason he managed to get in the garden was that he was so thin so he could squeeze under a tiny gap under a gate.

When we collected him all his legs were rigid and tremoring and his backbone was prominent. He could not balance upright at all.

Emergency fluids and medication were given and he started gently lapping some easily digestible food when place by his head. For the first few days he could only lie on his heat pad under a towel lapping the food placed next to him as well as being given subcutaneous fluids to support him. We didn’t think he would survive but he is now able to curl up tightly and has gained 150g.

He has a long way to go, but an amazing transformation in this little guy who has been named “Cowslip” as this month’s theme is flowers.