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TED & TODD, Okehampton. April 14th.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Sun, February 21, 2016 21:58:23

Two tiny kittens found alone in the countryside were handed over to the RSPCA when it finally dawned on the finder that all was not as first seemed. The ‘kittens’ were actually fox cubs that urgently needed to come into care. The fox brothers were approx. three weeks old, weighed 275g and 300g, their eyes had opened and needle sharp teeth just emerged, their foxy good looks somewhat marred by the dried faeces matted into their coats and generally were in poor condition. After a vet check, a gentle sponge bath and with ticks removed the twins soon looked (and smelled!), much better. Fox cubs progress quickly and these were more than happy to try solid food, gnawing on Farley’s rusks with those pointy teeth and lapping puppy food mashed into milk. The pair went from strength to strength and before long it was time for the next stage of rehabilitation and for us to say goodbye. The team at Secret World had offered to take them, the facilities in Somerset are so much better and with other foxes to socialise with meant Ted and Todd would have the best chance of a successful return to the wild. Arrangements made and Ted and Tod travelled to Somerset along with Casper, the badger cub on April 23rd.

CHARLI, St.Ives. April 16th.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Sun, February 21, 2016 21:53:35

After being roughed up by an inquisitive dog, this hedgehog was taken to St.Ives vets to check for any wounds. Luckily, she was uninjured but shaken up so we collected her to be monitored in care. Charli had a good sleep, ate all the food offered and after three days decided she wanted to go – by trying to dig a way out of the cage. Later that night we delivered Charli back to the park where she’d been found and watched as she trundled away back to her world.

ITCHY & SCRATCHY, Petrocstow. April 22nd.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Sun, February 21, 2016 16:11:23

Two small badger cubs, found on the roadside huddled against their mothers dead body were handed into the RSPCA. They were relayed down to Truro and we met at CVETS, the out-of-hours vet centre, where the cubs had a health check before we brought them home. Neither cub had any injuries but both had an horrific amount of fleas, lice and other crawlies that we couldn’t identify-yuk- we’ve seen a lot of parasites in our time but these are the worst (so far!).Unsurprisingly, due to the stress of recent events, neither cub showed any interest in taking a feed, so once treated for fleas they were settled into a warm cage and given time to calm and rest. The orphans were much happier once warmer and cleaner and we could persuade them to try a bottle of Esbilac milk. At approx. seven weeks old the smaller female, Itchy, weighed – 1.044kg and her brother, Scratchy, – 1.115kg. They were ravenous and soon feeding with gusto, it was time to try some solid food. Custard cream biscuits were a favourite but not really a balanced diet! The necessary blood samples were tested for Bovine Tb and proved NEGATIVE and they only required a routine wormer to be fit for transfer to Secret World Wildlife Rescue to be rehabilitated back to a life in the wild on May 14th.

LINFORD, Penzance. May 1st.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Sun, February 21, 2016 13:53:33

Seen out during the day and at risk of being run over, prompted a caring community nurse to scoop this hedgehog up and bring it over to the Rescue. Poor Linford had a nasal infection, chest infection and lungworm. He needed a long lasting antibiotic plus a course of Ivermectin injections to deal with these problems and a drop of Olbas Oil on his bedding helped clear his runny nose. As the sypmtoms subsided, his appetite grew and he quickly gained weight and condition. After three weeks in care Linford was ready to reclaim his liberty and was released, late at night, in a quiet corner of a local park.

JADE, Perranarworthal. May 12th.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Sun, February 21, 2016 12:56:28

After being found taking refuge in an outbuilding, laid up with typical bite wounds on the rump, this adult female badger was collected by an RSPCA officer and taken to the St.Ives Vets for treatment. Once the damage had been cleaned and treated with antibiotics and pain relief, the badger transferred into our care and taken to the barn to be monitored until healed. Badgers seem to tolerate such problems stoically and Jade made the best of it, enjoying a deep straw bed and lots of tasty food. It took six weeks for a complete recovery and then she was able to return home and be released late in the evening on June 29th.

LOU, Looe. June 4th.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Sun, February 21, 2016 12:24:59

This young fox cub had a very lucky escape, from either starvation or plummeting to his death, as it was trapped high on a cliff face. A dead fox cub had been found a few days earlier, on the cliff path above, it seems likely they were siblings that had ‘lost’ their parents. The passing fisherman who saw the stranded fox, managed to climb up and grab the cub which was too weak to put up any resistance, then take it to Calweton Vets at Looe to be checked over. By happy chance, we were in the area when this news came through, as we were on a vaccination project, so once the vet had advised that the cub had a good chance of recovery we drove onwards to collect it. The little fox was a male, approx. 14 weeks old and very weak, his hind legs could not bear any weight but with no fractures or nerve damage found, the cause was deemed to be from starvation and dehydration. Once home, the cub was settled into a cosy pen and carefully fed with diet food designed for convalescent animals and given rehydration fluids to drink. The temptation is to ‘feed up’ skinny casualties but too much too soon can do more harm than good as a weakened system can’t cope with the sudden influx of food. So with careful management young Lou began to improve. Once he gained some strength in the hind legs, Lou was given another vet check just to be absolutely sure of no pelvic fractures – there wasn’t – before allowing a little more space to play. A call to Secret World solved another problem as they would be happy to take him for rehabilitation, especially as a lone cub of roughly the same size/age as Lou was there waiting for some company. On June 11th we drove to Launceston to meet Graham, a Secret World volunteer driver, who then transported Lou to join his new companion.