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DIDDY, St. Just. 21St February.

Rescues 2013 Posted on Wed, January 08, 2014 18:02:32

This small hedgehog was spotted in a garden eating food put out for foxes. It seemed to be struggling so the householder kindly gave him ‘ bed and board’ for the night. We collected him the following morning, he was quite bright but underweight having woken from hibernation. Diddy needed to be monitored until regaining enough weight before release and apart from a course of worming treatment, he only required warmth and regular meals to enable a vast improvement in condition. Due to the dreadful weather this spring, Diddy stayed in care for three months until eventually he could be released. It was a real pleasure to return him to the garden where he had been found and see him being made welcome, with food and shelter provided for his future well-being.

AMBER, Penzance. 7th March.

Rescues 2013 Posted on Wed, January 08, 2014 18:01:35

Several reports of a fox in Penzance were received, behaving almost ‘tame’, allowing people to approach closely and seemingly unafraid. It was cornered and taken to the Regents Court Vets where we could collect it. On exam the fox was found to be a young vixen in quite poor bodily condition, it seemed her tameness was due to weakness rather than docility. It was decided to monitor her in care, if any problems developed to be dealt with, but hopefully food and rest were all that she needed to recover. This proved to be the case and after a week in care was fit enough to be moved into the outdoor fox enclosure. Usually, adult animals would be released at their home ground once recovered. As Amber had struggled to cope in town, it was decided to ‘soft’ release her from the enclosure as she seemed happy there. Food would be provided and the pen door left open allowing her to come and go as she pleased until she had the confidence to return to a life in the wild.

GOLDIE, Madron.9th March.

Rescues 2013 Posted on Wed, January 08, 2014 18:00:37

A call came in from a very concerned lady at Gulval. While out with friends, walking their dogs at Madron Carn, her terrier had trotted up carrying a small animal. Realising it was a baby badger, the friends quickly gathered the dogs before any harm came to the helpless cub and left it there for the mother to hopefully retrieve.Later in the day, the lady returned to check and found the cub was still there but now seemed to be in some distress, cold and crying, so took it home to get warm and to find some advice on what to do next. We attended at once and found it was a female, only about five weeks old and injured, the dog’s teeth had penetrated the delicate skin whilst carrying it, also it was crawling with fleas. A trip to the vet’s surgery resulted in antibiotics for the bite wounds,anti-inflammatory for the bruising and a spray of Frontline for the fleas, before we could take her home to the warmth and comfort of a brooder. Once persuaded to accept being bottle-fed, the tiny cub began to recover and thrive.All our animals are given a number for record purposes and this one was no.C 50, the 50th badger cub to come into care since the Rescue formed five years ago, so the name Goldie seemed to be appropriate! A problem with hand-rearing badger cubs, particulary single ones, is that they can become too attached to human carers,’imprinting’ on them which makes it impossible to return them to freedom, as they have no fear of humans. To help avoid this problem, Goldie needed to transfer to Secret World in Somerset where she could bond with other badger cubs and begin her rehabilitation for an eventual return to a life in the wild. On April 10th we rendevoused with a Secret World volunteer driver at Launceston and handed her over to begin the next stage in her life. Normally that would be the end of the story for us, apart from an occasional update, but this timewould be very different. The BBC were making a film about the underground life of animals and had built an artificial sett at Secret World where badgers could be filmed without disturbance and shed some light on their life below ground. Goldie was one of the cubs used in the project, which proved to be a fascinating insight on how cubs become badgers without the guidance of parents.The film is entitled The Burrowers, Animals Underground and also showcased rabbits and water voles and was presented by Chris Packham. It was quite an experience seeing ‘our baby’ growing into a proper badger,a real privilege. Of course Goldie,(stage name ‘Lunar’), was the star of the show, well in our eyes anyway! A very special little badger.

BOY GEORGE, Treluswell. 24th March.

Rescues 2013 Posted on Wed, January 08, 2014 17:59:29

The RSPCA had collected an RTA badger casualty from Treluswell and taken it to CVETS at Truro for treatment and we agreed to take it into care. The badger was a young adult male and had suffered head trauma, with snout and mouth damage plus badly grazed legs, probably from being dragged along by the vehicle. Luckily no bones had been broken so after receiving pain- relief and antibiotics, plus much needed flea control, we could transport him to the barn and get him settled in a clean, comfortable pen. It took a few days for Boy George to regain an appetite as his face must have been sore, but before long he had bounced back . One of the lucky ones that survive road traffic accidents. Boy George was returned and released late in the evening on April 8th on a badger run near to where he had been picked up. He trundled away into the night and quietly disappeared.

STELLA, Poldhu Cove. 13th April.

Rescues 2013 Posted on Wed, January 08, 2014 17:58:04

A tiny fox cub was found by a dog being walked along the coast path and with no sign of Mum was taken to a vets at Falmouth.We agreed to take it into care and became foster parents to Stella, a two week old vixen. She quickly adjusted to being bottlefed and apart from needing treatment for an eye infection and worming, soon transformed into a happy, healthy youngster.

DESI, Canworthy Water. 26th April.

Rescues 2013 Posted on Wed, January 08, 2014 17:56:50

Another fox cub needing to be hand-reared came into care after being left alone in a sheep field for the previous 24hrs. He had been taken in by Michelle, a wildlife carer, until we could collect him,as we all hoped that he and Stella would benefit from becoming companions. Unfortunately, this did not go to plan, Stella played far too rough leaving Desi at risk of injury, so sadly we had to seperate them. Desi quickly responded to regular feeds and developed into a handsome fox cub. Secret World were able to offer the foxes a safe haven, each to join a group of similar size/age cubs, so both could have the foxy companionship they each needed to revert to natural behaviour. On 8th May, we rendezvoused with a volunteer driver at Launceston and handed the pair over, ready to start the journey back to becoming wild animals.

RUPERT, Reawla. 1st May.

Rescues 2013 Posted on Wed, January 08, 2014 17:55:39

A regularly fed badger had been seen with a facial wound when it arrived for it’s nightly meal. As the problem had not resolved after a few days, it was arranged to attempt trapping the badger to get it treated. The trap was baited and set, while we sat and waited indoors. Luckily, the badger did not keep us waiting too long, the lure of an easy snack was irresistable, enabling a quick capture. The badger had a rather nasty looking bite-wound on the rump, as well as the wound on its cheek, so a trip to the vets was arranged immediately. Under sedation, the wounds were cleaned and the badger needed antibiotic cover as well as pain-relief, the damage a result of fighting. The badger was otherwise very fit, a stocky, muscular male which looked quite bear-like hence the name given by his carer – Rupert. After a month in care, Rupert was fit enough to return home and be released.

SMARTIE, Heamoor. 9th June.

Rescues 2013 Posted on Wed, January 08, 2014 17:44:26

We responded to a report of a collapsed badger in a garden at Heamoor. On arrival, we found the ‘casualty’ was actually a lost cub, which had attempted ,unsuccessfully,to burrow into a flower bed to hide. The cub had been there for two days and was quickly caught and caged. It was not injured or ill, but had just become seperated from its family. We did a quick survey of the surrounding area, in the hope of locating the sett to release the youngster immediately, but unfortunately this was not possible and the youngster had to come into care. After a few days rest, Smartie had a blood/faeces sample taken to be tested for Bovine tb and any parasites present. The results for all the tests returned from the laboratory within days and proved to be NEGATIVE.

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