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JANNER. Lanner, April 4th.

Rescues 2012 Posted on Mon, July 29, 2013 23:57:19

This little fox cub came into our care after being found and brought home by a family dog at Lanner. The dog had carried the cub very carefully and had not caused any damage.

It was a male of about three weeks old and soon settled in a cosy bed with a teddy for company. Janner thrived with a healthy appetite and was soon weaned onto solid foods.

As we had no other foxes in care at the time, Janner was lonely and Secret World in Somerset very kindly agreed to take him. Fox cubs can become too used to humans when kept alone as they then look to us for companionship, not a good thing when they need a natural suspicion for a return to a wild life.

So on April 25th we transported Janner to a new life where he could mature safely with a group of other foxes before their eventual release.

ISSEY, St. Issey, April 24th.

Rescues 2012 Posted on Mon, July 29, 2013 23:53:13

We received a call for help from a concerned lady at St. Issey.

She had seen a badger that had been taking advantage of food intended for local feral cats. The badger had now taken up residence in an outbuilding but was no longer feeding. We asked if the door could be closed, so confining the badger, until we could get there to assess if there was a problem. Once on scene, it became clear that the badger had an injury on the rump, so he was quickly caged and taken back to the vets at St.Ives for treatment.

Under sedation the wound was found to be very nasty indeed. It was caused by a bite that had become contaminated with bedding from the shed where he had been hiding and was harbouring a deep infection which would have probably proved fatal if he had not been found and treated.

Issey was given pain-relief and antibiotic cover and spent five weeks recouperating, then once completely healed Issey was able to be returned to his home and be released on the 31st May.

B.J. Padstow, May 7th.

Rescues 2012 Posted on Mon, July 29, 2013 23:49:01

We collected a young badger from the Venton Centre at St.Columb,which had been rescued the previous evening from the Blow Hole at Trevone Head, Padstow.

The cub had been spotted by keen-eyed tourists visiting the site and the RSPCA responded to assist in retrieving the poor creature which was unable to scale the steep sides to escape the high tide. After a night of rest at the Centre ‘B.J’ (base jumper!) had a check up from the vet which found the hind legs were stiff and sore from the tumble down the cliff and a flea infestation that was easily treated. One lucky escape!

B.J. proved to be a happy little badger, very fond of his food and especially custard cream biscuits as a treat. He soon recovered from the fall and was able to undergo the necessary blood test for BovineTb plus faecal checks for possible parasites. All the tests came back with NEGATIVE results and we could make the arrangements to transfer him to the Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset where his rehabilitation towards a life back in the wild would continue. On May 22nd. we rendezvoused at Launceston with a Secret World volunteer driver who would transport B.J. to their facilities.

DIESEL. Torpoint, May 28th.

Rescues 2012 Posted on Mon, July 29, 2013 23:46:02

A call came from the Clifton Villa vets at Newquay regarding two badger casualties that had arrived overnight.

The first was a small cub that had fallen into a trench on a building site at the Royal Naval fuel depot at Torpoint. He had become mired and was unable to climb out but, as his mother stood her ground on guard duty, the finder dared not try to help. Once again, the RSPCA came to the rescue but,as Mum had left the scene,it seemed safer to take the cub into care as he was by now very chilled and shivery. After being warmed up at the vets and a nights rest, we were able to go and collect him.

Diesel was about 10 weeks old and quickly settled in a cosy bed and was soon tucking into his food.

The second badger remained in at the vets, it was an RTA case that needed to respond to further treatment.

PANSY. Foxhole, May 30th.

Rescues 2012 Posted on Mon, July 29, 2013 23:40:32

A concerned caller phoned after finding a badger cub on his lawn . It seemed to be struggling to walk , staggering in circles and dragging a hind leg. Fearing it had broken the leg, the caller managed to contain the cub in a cat carrier.

On arrival, the casualty was transferred into a more suitable basket and was brought to the vets at St. Ives where she was examined under sedation. No obvious damage or broken bones were found leaving the possibility of neurological reasons for the mobility problem.

Pansy was otherwise in good condition and was brought home to monitor her progress. It took two days for Pansy to begin eating although she had been drinking, and in the meantime a swelling had erupted over the bridge of her nose. This suggested a blow to the head and as she was found in a garden next to a field of grazing cattle, we suspected she may have received a kick from a cow.

Once her appetite returned she began to recover quickly, the circling movements ceased and she could walk normally, the swollen face also settled quickly.

RUBY(2). Trewhiddle, May 30th.

Rescues 2012 Posted on Mon, July 29, 2013 23:34:08

The vets at Newquay called to report the second badger casualty had recovered enough to leave them. This badger had been found at the side of the road after a collision with a vehicle resulted in head trauma. After two days of veterinary treatment she was able to transfer to our care.

Ruby gave us some concerns as she was happy to just sleep and seemed uninterested in food but eventually she relented, tempted by a certain breakfast cereal after many other choices and offerings!

By the 19th. June, Ruby was fit for release and we retuned her to the area she had been found and released her on a badger run a few yards away. She calmly walked out of the carrier and slipped into the green undergrowth, disappearing from sight back in her own world.

HODGE. Helston, June 5th.

Rescues 2012 Posted on Mon, July 29, 2013 23:29:08

We were happy to help another wildlife carer who had taken on a badger cub which had been found out alone, in daylight at Helston. It was growing fast and needed the company of other badgers.

He arrived in time to have the usual blood/faeces tests for bovineTb and parasites along with Diesel and Pansy. All three cubs had NEGATIVE results for Tb and we could make arrangements to transfer them to Secret World for the rehabilitation needed to prepare them for a return to a wild life.

We did a transfer at Launceston with a volunteer driver who then drove them to Secret World to begin that process.

FINLAY. Quintrell Downs, June 10th.

Rescues 2012 Posted on Mon, July 29, 2013 23:25:12

A young fox had been left badly injured from head trauma after a collision with a car.

The fox was fortunate to arrive in the hands of a very dedicated vet nurse, Sheila, who provided the intensive care needed to give him a chance of recovery. He had a very swollen bruised eye and his mouth and legs were not working.

He received a course of steroid treatment to reduce the inflammation and he was bottle fed until his mouth regained its use. Incredibly, when we met Finlay, 11 days later the only obvious sign of his injuries was a slight wobble in the hind legs.

Finlay was brought to our pens where he was able to continue his recovery. The next problem for Finlay was being housed alone as we had no other fox cubs in care and as he needed a healthy degree of suspicion of humans for his own safety,arrangements were made for him to move to Secret World where he could be raised with foxy friends.

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