Trevor’s Week - January 25, 2012: Perfectly normal for foxes to be out during the day

LAST week we had a very poorly hedgehog in from Lower Dicker with infected wounds to his head and body, a possible dog attack.

It was rushed to the vets after initial emergency treatment but the poor thing needed sedation so that the wounds could be better cleaned out.

You can tell that it has been mild as there were a few fly eggs present on the wounds, which we don’t expect at this time of year.

AS PREDICTED we have had our first calcium deficient young collared dove.

We seem to always get things in a week after Sam at Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue so we knew one was on the cards.

This poor baby called Coutts was found on the ground next to his dead parent.

He is small for his age and his tail is still partly ‘in pin’ which it shouldn’t be at his stage of development and his beak is rubbery and not hardened up yet either.

He is being looked after by WRAS carer Kate and is doing well.

TEN MORE hogs have gone down to our hogstys. Lettuce (joining siblings Bacon and Tomato), Rosie, Peeler, Fruit Bowl, Buckaroo, Fork, Mop, Poppers, Socket and Jim.

Little Madras has come back for a few weeks l as he had dropped a bit more weight than we would have liked.

Good news that Mortar, one of the hedgehogs we have been struggling to get weight on gained 8g, not much but a start.

Seven more of our rescued hogs moved into the ‘cold pen’ at the centre, these include Henry, Cif, Adapter, Bleach, Juicer, Coffee and Bejam.

WE HAVE done well in getting hand-reared pigeons Snakes, Ladders and Hob out into our outdoor pre-release aviary along with Domino and another juvenile feral Brillo.

Brillo was one which Kathy had at home with severe head trauma, severe torticollis and all the feathers plucked from one wing.

OUR AMBULANCES have been dealing with a badly injured pigeon with a nasty fractured wing, and a limping hedgehog with apparently a very long toe nail! The pigeon sadly didn’t make it.

The hedgehog turned out to have an old fractured leg, which had healed but not in the correct alignment.

The poor hedgehog also has a nasty case of mange and mites too.

We have him on treatment and once clear of mange we will be able to assess his ability to use his damaged leg properly.

Then we will be able to decide if he needs an operation, amputation or release into a secure garden where he can be monitored.

We have also had ambulances rushing out to oiled-covered guillemots in the Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs area.

WE ALSO rushed out to a report of a swan stuck in ice at the Pells Pond, Lewes, but as usual it has turned out not to be stuck but just unable to stand on the slippery ice.

It managed to push itself across the ice for a short distance when we approached with a swan hook.

The majority of swan calls reporting swans stuck in ice turned out to be a simple case of the ice is too slippery for the heavy swans to stand on.

TONY rushed to the aid of a swan sat at the side of the A2100 London Road at Battle.

On arrival we could not find the swan, but then had a telephone call from Senlac Vets in Battle, who had received a call from the police and they had gone out and collected it.

So Tony popped round to the vets and collected the swan which was a juvenile.

The poor swan had several puncture marks to his feet which needed some cleaning and treatment and after three days he was suitable for release again.

AN AMBULANCE rushed to the aid of a fox apparently dragging its rear legs unable to stand and trapped in a garden surrounded by high fences.

After half an hour or searching around the garden, no fox was found.

We have had a lot of calls about limping foxes over the past few weeks, but most of them seem to be just muscular, ligament or tendon damage, and are being monitored on site and support fed on a temporary basis to help them recover.

We have also had several calls about a mange fox around the Hartington Place, Devonshire Place and Burlington Place area of Eastbourne.

We have been down several times now but the foxes have been way too lively to catch, although one of the foxes likes sleeping on the bonnet of cars, taking advantage of the warmth clear.

It still amazes me how many people don’t realise that it is normal for foxes to be out during the day as well as the night.