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WILL SCARLET. Zelah, June 19th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Mon, January 30, 2017 22:12:58

This fox cub had been found on the roadside at Zelah, collapsed on the verge. The finder kindly dropped it in at CVETS, the out of hours vet centre. Fortunately there was no evidence of RTA injury but he was dehydrated and weak. At about 12 weeks old he may well have been struggling to find enough food, if separated from his family. With rest and food he soon began to recover his strength and wild foxy nature, always good to see as the last thing he needed was to become comfortable with human company. Secret World were expecting our badger cubs, once they had been TB tested, and also agreed to take Will Scarlet. They have much better facilities and lots of other young foxes for him to socialise with.

BUMBLE. Porthleven, June 24th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Mon, January 30, 2017 21:40:53

Bumble was found collapsed above ground and taken to the Head & Head Vets at Helston. She was dehydrated but thankfully had no injuries so we were able to collect her to monitor her in care. At only 1.2 kg she was much smaller than the other cubs in care, either a late born or a runt cub. With careful rehydration and then gentle feeding little Bumble regained her strength, so was able to be tested for Bovine TB and parasites a few days later, to allow her transfer to Secret World if clear. Happily the blood test proved Negative for TB and Bumble only needed a routine wormer before moving on to Somerset. The plan was for this group of cubs to stay together and become a badger family when finally returned to the wild. We introduced Bumble to Little John so she would have a friend from the beginning – being the smallest she may be glad of his company. The two cubs were soon happily snuggled up together! On the 4th July all five badgers and Will Scarlet the fox cub made the trip to Somerset to start their way back to freedom.

MILLI, MOLLI & MANDI. Madron, June 28th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Mon, January 30, 2017 15:03:46

A hedgehog nest was disturbed during gardening work and although efforts were made to repair and replace it, the mother hog had not returned. With the babies getting cold and crying in distress, we were called for help. We collected four tiny babies only one week old and completely helpless without their mum to care for them. They needed to be housed in a brooder for constant warmth and special milk to give them the chance to survive. Very sadly, the largest baby died within a few hours, probably from internal injury, but his three sisters had a happier outcome and all the work paid off when they were weaned and eventually returned to the wild as happy, healthy hoggy ladies.

MING. Mingoose, July 8th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Mon, January 30, 2017 14:29:48

This four month old fox cub came into care after being being grabbed by a dog. Her rescuer kept her overnight, half expecting to find she’d died but was pleasantly surprised to be wrong. A neighbour had shot a family of foxes, for taking hens, and this cub was the sole survivor, (apparently keeping free range hens equates to leaving them to their own devices in an open field!). The cub was brought to our vets at St.Ives for a check over and was found to have no bites luckily, but she did have a nasty conjunctivitis in the left eye.Poor Ming was terrified being handled when we treated the eye but once she realised we weren’t going to kill her, calmed down after a couple of days. With care and good food she improved quickly but of course we couldn’t return her home so arrangements were made to transfer her to the care of Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset where with the company of other foxes she could forget about humans and be released back to the wild in a safer location.