TREVOR WEEKS MBE - Animals suffering from lack of clean water in this hot weather

Swift rescued from Seaford.
Swift rescued from Seaford.

I so hope this hot weather cools down soon, in typical British fashion I’m not a fan of the heat.

For our wildlife they can struggle to find decent sources of clean water and end up drinking stagnant water and become ill, so please ensure you leave out fresh water.

The badger with minor injuries was released back into the wild after spending 24 hours under observation.

The badger with minor injuries was released back into the wild after spending 24 hours under observation.

Fly eggs on wounds are more common during the heat and hatch quicker too. We have had a number of hedgehogs and birds in this week suffering with maggot infested wounds. We wash and clean them out the best we can but if the maggots get inside a body cavity it can spell bad news and you can’t leave an animal or bird to be eaten alive. We have had this lovely little pigeon in this week from near Heathfield, he had several puncture marks on his body and fly eggs all over his face, luckily only a few under his wing had hatched and they were quickly removed.

I spent hours with a magnifier trying to remove the eggs. They were so far down in the ear that I struggled to get to them but I tried to at least damage them so they would not hatch. Not all eggs will hatch but you have to remove as many as possible to keep the odds down as low as possible.

The bird may only be a pigeon to some but I wouldn’t want any animal being eaten alive. Kathy spent the night checking the ears every hour or so and applying drops of salt water to try to dehydrate the eggs. This seems to have worked well, and our little guy is now on the mend. We have also had a hedgehog in from Lewes too with a nasty wound on its back which was smothered in maggots eating away at the poor creature, this one we had no choice but to rush into the vets and get treatment as quickly as possible.

We had a badger admitted into care last week via Senlac Vets at Battle. The badger had only minor injuries. He was caged in our hospital for 24 hours for observations before being moved into one of our indoor pens for more space. At the weekend the badger was taken back to where found and happily released back to the wild.

We have had numerous calls regarding gulls this week again, most of them youngsters who have gotten themselves into trouble while learning to fly. Most young gulls are now flying but not very well. As a result they are flying into things and struggling to avoid vehicles. We have also had several young pigeons come into care. A young lad while out fishing found two and looked after them for two days while on his fishing trip and as soon as he got home he brought them to the WRAS’s rescue centre. They are taking feeds and settling down nicely, but are very noisy!

Badgers and gulls have not been the only wildlife to get hit by cars, we rushed out to a road casualty young fox on at lane at Ripe. The cub was badly concussed had a strong heart rate, breathing ok but bleeding from his mouth and nose. He was carefully lifted into the ambulance as a spinal trauma was suspected. He was then seen by one of WRAS’s vets but five fractures on the lower and upper jaws were discovered and they were too displaced for surgery to be performed. When undertaking surgery on any wild animal or bird you must put the animal’s welfare first and look at the pros and cons and chance of success and suitable recovery for that animal to go back to the wild. The chance of success with this fox was very low so in the fox’s best interest we decided to put the fox to sleep.

Rescuers Kai and Chris were called to a garden bird in Seaford on Friday last week. On arrival, it was realised the bird was in fact a young swift who had been hit by car. They are specialist birds and so was taken up to Folly Wildlife Rescue first thing in the morning as they are more experienced in dealing with these birds.

We have also had a very emaciated fox come into care from Arlington Road, Eastbourne. He also has minor mange or a flea allergy, but the emaciation is more of a concern. He is eating well and we are using a special prescription food to help build him up and get him back on track.

We have also had a number of calls about seals on the coast between Newhaven and Saltdean. We drove down to Peacehaven and walked a long stretch of the coast looking for a young seal but without success. At the weekend we had another calls about one at Peacehaven so we contacted our colleages at British Divers Marine Life Rescue who attended as we were snowed under with calls. The seal was up lifted and taken across to the RSPCA’s seal facilities at Hastings. There are several healthy seals on the coast at the moment, it is normal for them to come out of the water and sun bathe, and they are fine on mud flats. If you can see visible ribs, neck line or pelvis due to the seal being underweight then that is a clear sign that the seal has a problem and need investigating further so please give ourselves or BDMLR a ring.

Thank you to everyone to come to see us at the Lammas Festival on Eastbourne seafront at the weekend. It was a very busy fair, and we took over £728.00 in donations and sales. Don’t forget our Unusual Quiz night which is taking place at East Dean Village Hall on WRAS’s next Unusual Quiz Night will be taking place at East Dean Village Hall on Saturday 16th August 2014. Tickets are £10 per person and include entry to the quiz and a ploughman’s meal (vegan option available on request). Food served at 7.30pm and Quiz Starts at 8pm. This quiz will have a “Back to School” theme. To Book tickets please call 01825-873003 daytime. WRAS’s Unusual Quiz Nights are full of fun, with things to do, smell, taste, watch, memorising, listen to, and much more! Certainly not your normal boring Quiz Night!