TREVOR WEEKS MBE - Many hedgehogs in care as many are too young to hibernate

Our fox, who has been with us quite a while after suffering with multiple injuries as a result of a road casualty, has moved to a bigger enclosure SUS-141112-152241001
Our fox, who has been with us quite a while after suffering with multiple injuries as a result of a road casualty, has moved to a bigger enclosure SUS-141112-152241001

We have about 70 hedgehogs in care at the moment.

Many of them too small to hibernate, all but a couple of them have come in with mange, ringworm and internal parasites.

Pineapple the hedgehog found in Eastbourne.

Pineapple the hedgehog found in Eastbourne.

This is a photo of “Pineapple” who was rescued a few weeks ago in Eastbourne. He was suffering from both mange and ringworm. He is suffering from severe Caparinia Mange which is common in hedgehogs. He has been on treatment for mange as well as washing every few days in an anti-fungal bath to treat ringworm. He is slowly recovering and his skin is starting to recover and must feel so much more comfortable now.

Two of our long term juvenile wood pigeons have gone into the indoor aviary to get some flight strength. “Callipo” is our surviving severely calcium deficient baby and “Brussels” was a predator attack and also had severe coccidia. He lost all his flight feathers so has only just gained his wings back.

Our fox, who has been with us quite a while after suffering with multiple injuries as a result of a road casualty, has moved to a bigger enclosure today.

This is the next and final stage of his rehabilitation after one of his rear legs was amputated due to the severity of the injuries.

Brussels the wood pigeon who was attacked by a predator and also had severe coccidia. He lost all his flight feathers so has only just gained his wings back.

Brussels the wood pigeon who was attacked by a predator and also had severe coccidia. He lost all his flight feathers so has only just gained his wings back.

A big thank you to Cliffe Vets in Lewes for all their help with undertaking the operation for us.

He is running around so much better now and gaining strength in the remaining leg. Amputations should only be done as a last resort. Studies have shown that with a rear leg removed foxes cope very well, but not with a front leg removed as it reduces their ability to catch food and damage occurs to the remaining front leg.

Badgers you shouldn’t amputate any leg on, as they need all four legs when digging tunnels to push earth away.

WRAS’s ambulances have been busy this week, call-outs have included assisting Seahaven Bird Rescue to capture a pigeon that was trapped inside a Co-op store in Newhaven. Rescuer Tony has collected a window strike pigeon from Willingdon which was quite dazed from his ordeal. “Twinkle” the pigeon has come in from Whitley Road Eastbourne, unable to fly possibly a window strike or knocked by a car. Ambulance also rushed out to a fox caught in a fence only to find it has died and was actually caught in a snare on land off Greenwood lane in Punnets Town near Heathfield. Such a horrible and stressful way to die. Ambulance has been out to a Road Casualty Fox on the Vines Cross to Old Heathfield Road. Rescuers were able to provide emergency treatment on site but sadly the fox passed away. An ambulance rushed out early on Wednesday morning to reports of an injured badger on the A22 near Halland but sadly it had been dead for some time. Ambulances have also been out to an injured pigeon at Filching, hedgehogs from East Hoathly and Haywards Road Lewes, a road casualty pheasant at Ridgewood, Uckfield and a Moorhen was also rescued by volunteer Sandi after she found it in the middle of the A22 near Crockstead Hotel with a broken leg.

Come and say hello to our volunteers who will be outside Jollyes Hailsham on Diplock Industrial Estate at Hailsham on Saturday 13th of December from 10am till 5pm with a Festive Display raising money for WRAS, and try some festive punch whilst stocks last! It was nice to see so many people supporting Uckfield’s Late Night Shopping and for visiting our stall at Paws-n-Claws in Olive’s yard off the High Street by Santa; also thank you to those of you who came along to Seaford Magic last weekend.