TREVOR WEEKS MBE - New bank of cages thanks to the many kind donations

A new bank of cages at the WRAS Centre thanks to kind donations from supporters

A new bank of cages at the WRAS Centre thanks to kind donations from supporters

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Thanks to our fabulous supporters who have sponsored and helped us raise enough money to have this new bank of cages installed at WRAS.

Thank you to Poltec for installing them too. We can now get rid of the pet carriers and ranking we have had to use on a temporary basis and really improve the way we deal with our casualties in Casualty Room 3. WRAS is always looking to improve its care of casualties. The casualties certainly like them too.

A road-casualty fox from Eastbourne and a new bank of cages, below, thanks to generouse public donations.

A road-casualty fox from Eastbourne and a new bank of cages, below, thanks to generouse public donations.

A couple of weeks ago WRAS had a call regarding some baby robins. The nest had collapsed and had caused them to scatter in a garden at night. Sadly for one it was too late and one we never found, but the members of the public managed to save three little ones for our orphan rearing team to work their magic.

They got fed every 30 minutes from 7am till 10pm every day until they were big enough to go into a larger cage. These three we joined with another couple we already had in and have all grown up together.

When they are completely eating for themselves they will move to an outdoor pen to get used to the outdoors and eventual release. Thank you to the family for calling us and looking after them that evening and thank you to the orphan team for working so hard as we are getting so busy.

Sorry for the lack of updates on my weight loss challenge. It’s been a busy few weeks. My weight loss has slowed down and had a couple of blips over as a result, but I am now down to 92.2kg with a weight loss of 6.7kg or 7.4 hedgehogs! If you can help support my sponsored weight loss challenge please go to my justgiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/trevsweightloss

Another 12 hedgehogs out for release last week. Kathy has released the not so little “Snowdrop” back in a back garden in Hailsham, whilst chatting to the householder out the front her neighbour came out to tell her she had a large hamster running round her back garden, no it was just “Snowdrop”!

All the big overwintered hogs have now gone for release, still a few smaller ones left who are going to be going outside for a short while, then back home. They are all piling on the pounds this week.

Don’t forget to sign up to our ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ sponsored walk taking place on May 24 from the Bell Tout Lighthouse to Holywell in Eastbourne. Only £5 to join and with a picnic at the end too. Please call Lindsay on 01825 873003 or email lindsay@eastsussexwras.org.uk to join and receive all your starting times and sponsorship forms.

Ambulance has been busy again this week dealing with a variety of calls including a road casualty fox in Eastbourne; an injured crow near Penrith Way, Eastbourne; a young blackbird from Westfield Road, Eastbourne; a female mallard wandering around the Tesco Car Park in Eastbourne; a gull with a damaged wing at Brampton Road, Hampden Park; a young pigeon from High Croft vets in Hailsham; a grounded bat at Eastbourne Audi; a gull stuck behind a wall in Eastbourne town centre; a hedgehog attacked by a dog in Polegate and an injured hedgehog in Belgrave Crescent, Seaford, to name a few.

We have had two calls about fox cubs this week. The first was one caught in a basement in Hove. The call came in at 5am and I jumped out of bed and rushed down to Hove.

The fox was trapped in a basement area about 10ft deep and 3ft by 8ft wide. Using one of our large catch nets I was able to encourage the cub into the net and lift him out safely. The cub was quite mature for the time of year and at an age where they would start roaming round without mum.

The owner was asked to block off the basement to stop him going down again. The neighbours said the cub had been in her garden the previous day, so the cub was checked over and that night released back into the garden, as it was clear foxes were coming and going in the garden anyway.

The following morning we received a call to say the cub had managed to get back into the basement, so we returned and rescue the poor cub for a second time. To ensure the cub could get out and between gardens we also put a pallet against the wall for the cub to climb up and out.

We also had a second much younger cub from the Cuckoo Trail in Polegate which was found collapsed behind a fence. The poor cub, which was about four weeks old, was very cold, hypothermic and lethargic. Amazingly, after some warmth and fluids, the cub was like a different cub.