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VIKKI. 23rd January. St. Ives.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Thu, November 02, 2017 02:11:07

This vixen had been hit by a car the previous evening and picked up and put in a stable overnight. As she had survived, the finder called us and we collected her with a head tilt and unwilling to stand. The short trip to the St. Ives Vets found her already improving, probably due to the warmth in the car. The vet felt she could be released that evening if she continued to improve through the rest of the day and we took her to the barn to rest in a quiet pen. Unfortunately, Vikki had other ideas and once in the pen tried to frantically find an escape route. When she refused to settle and being really concerned she would injure herself, we decided to return and release her immediately. We took her to a field, next to where she’d been found and opened the carrier – she took off across the field with no sign of distress so we left her to find her own way. Two hours later the phone rang… Vikki had been found back out on the road, picked up and taken to the vets! This time, although she seemed quite normal at the vets, we took no chances and she was returned to the barn for a few days to hopefully recover fully. She really was desperate to get out and when released, late at night, shot away like a missile. Thankfully we had no more phone calls!

ALVIN. 24th February. Penzance.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Thu, November 02, 2017 01:40:16

Spotted in a Penzance garden looking unwell, this little hedgehog was kindly delivered by his finder, Joy. Small, cold and hungry weghing 475g, this young hedgehog was struggling but with a warm bed and a dish of food Alvin soon looked much brighter. Within a couple of days that tiresome chesty cough started, poor Alvin had lungworm and needed to start a course of worming treatment. He struggled to put on weight and needed a repeat course of wormers but eventually Alvin was fighting fit and just needed a spell of reasonable weather to be released. He was collected by Joy on April 28th and returned to her garden ready for a life back in the wild.

JENSON. 30th March.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Thu, November 02, 2017 00:58:21

At the request of the RSPCA we attended a fox at St. Buryan, in a garden unwilling to move away from householder. Foxes are normally very difficult to capture, but this one allowed itself to be grasped and caged quite easily which is very concerning. We took him to St. Ives Vets for an examination, expecting bad news, but apart from being underweight, only 3.8kg, no injuries were found. With a covering antibiotic for any underlying infection, we took him to the barn to be monitored in care. Jenson did improve over the next few days, eating and drinking well which helped him gain weight. As his condition improved, Jenson did become a little more wary of humans which was a relief for his future safety. We arranged to return him to the garden where he’d been found, the householder was happy to keep an eye out for him. Apparently, Jenson was being fed by some of the local people which explained his relaxed manner, we would advise to feed wildlife without their knowing who provides it as ‘tame’ wildlife is at greater risk of human harm, sadly. Jenson was returned and released on the night of April 11th.

INDIE. 31st March. Boskenwyn.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Thu, November 02, 2017 00:24:08

A night report of an RTA badger near Helston saw us driving to collect it. The caller very kindly stayed with the casualty until we arrived. The badger had come round and had staggered along the road, this is why we ask the finders to stay, if possible, as we may not find the animal if it manages to move away. This time we caught and caged the badger easily, it was very groggy, before heading to Truro to the out of hours CVETS for emergency care. As expected, the badger had head trauma from a collision and grazing on the fore-legs. It was an adult sow, weighed 7.8kg and received pain-relief and antibiotic cover before we transported her to the barn for her condition to be monitored in care. Happily Indie responded well to treatment and quickly recovered her mobility and a good appetite. On April 11th, we returned her to Boskenwyn late in the evening and released her in a gateway. Indie took a sniff of the air before trotting off into the night and disappeared from sight.

JESTER. April 1st. St. Ives.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Thu, November 02, 2017 00:02:21

At the request of the RSPCA, we attended a report of a baby badger seen in a residential road, hiding under an upturned canoe! Well it wasn’t an April Fool joke, there really was a baby badger, under a canoe, in broad daylight, in St. Ives. Once we’d prised it out of it’s hidey hole and into a carrier, we could see the cub was only about 10 weeks old and should be home, underground with Mum. The problem was that there are at least three setts local to this road and if the cub was returned to the wrong one, it would be in danger of being attacked as an intruder. The cub was very stressed and we got it into care with a warm bed to settle. Poor little boy had sore pads and worn claws as if he’d been running or scrabbling on a hard surface or possibly the road. If only they could talk! Luckily no other problem arose and Jester soon bounced back , enjoying his bottle feeds and playing with his teddy. As soon as possible Jester underwent testing for Bovine TB and internal parasites, necessary to allow his transfer to Secret World Wildlife Rescue. He needed the company of other young badgers to socialise with, a single cub is at risk of becoming imprinted on human company. With the all clear from any infections, Jester travelled to Somerset on 27th April to begin the process of rehabilitation back to the wild.