TREVOR WEEKS MBE - Amazing turnaround as badly injured pigeon flies

Rosemary the hedgehog.
Rosemary the hedgehog.
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This elder pigeon had been kept by finders for a number of days with no treatment to a nasty wing injury.

The inury was so bad we almost put him to sleep immediately as the entire affected area of the wing was black, infected, hot and rock solid with necrotic tissue.

The badly injured pigeon.

The badly injured pigeon.

He went straight to WRAS vet Mike who saw him and began cleaning out the wound, we were concerned that some of the ligaments were exposed and may be too damaged for flight in the future. Since being admitted the wound has been cleaned twice a day, antibiotics given and first intrasite and now Vetericyn gel put on the wound twice a day to encourage healing and keep the wound moist. To our amazement on the second day he managed to fly, not very strongly but still it was flight. A few weeks on he is now doing circuits of the Casualty Room when we get him out to exercise his wings. His wing is very dropped, but can hold it up when he chooses. An amazing turn around for this little one.

I had to post this photo as “Rosemary” is one of our recent hedgehogs, disturbed hibernating in Cavalry Crescent Eastbourne. This is very close to where we had a mum and young hog last year. He is being treated for internal parasites but doing well. We hope he will go home soon. He is a very relaxed chap as you can see and clearly enjoying waking up from hibernation at WRAS.

We’ve also had a gorgeous and rather small Sparrowhawk, which came into care on Friday. We can’t find any obvious injuries and we think this is yet another collision. Window collisions are quite common during the early spring and late autumn due to the level of the sun in the sky apparently. He is now in one of our indoor pens and building up his strength so should be released this week.

We’ve had a crow come into care from Eastbourne Sports Park. He is quite underweight, cold and very weak. He was bedded down on a nice warm heat pad and given some rehydrating fluids and we hope he will pick up and improve. We have a stunning partridge at the centre at the moment. He was picked up from Seaford Pet Doctors last week. He is unable to stand or use his legs, on examination we were a bit concerned about possible spinal damage so James at Henley House Vets in Uckfield kindly took an x-ray which ruled out any fractures. He has been given a long acting steroid and is now starting to improve, but still early days. When we get birds in like this you can’t just place them in cage. They need to be supported with towels to hold the upright, and food and water placed with in reach so they don’t have to move. We also look at physiotherapy to keep the legs moving and to test for improvement in their condition.

A fine looking Sparrowhawk.

A fine looking Sparrowhawk.

Our Friday morning Feed & Clean shift volunteer Jenny is going to be running the full Brighton Marathon to raise money WRAS in April. Please sponsor her by going to https://www.justgiving.com/JennyTinson

We are running a Pamper Day to help raise money for our local Wildlife on Saturday, April 4, at the Lansdowne Hotel on Eastbourne seafront between 10am and 6pm. Please support this great event. Tickets are just £18 per person and for this you get a two hour time slot at the event, two pre-booked treatments, a raffle ticket and welcome drinks. Treatments available will include manicures, facials, Bowen therapy, metamorphic technique, physiotherapy consultations, acupuncture, massage and medium Jacqueline will perform psychic readings. This event is much improved on last year and worth going to and spoiling yourself – because you (and the animals) are worth it! Proceeds will go towards birds and mammals admitted for hand rearing during spring and summer. For tickets call 01825 873003.