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FLASH. Padstow, April 21st.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Wed, February 01, 2017 00:12:49

The RSPCA delivered a six week old fox cub that had been found on the coast path at Padstow. She was very hungry and thirsty but otherwise fine and after spending a week in care transferred to Secret World Wildlife Rescue. Flash needed to be reared with other foxes to prevent her becoming too used to human company, which would put her at risk when released into the wild. We also transported a very poorly fox cub to Secret World, found the evening before and taken in by wildlife rescue stalwarts, Graham and Lynn of Hydestile, who were in West Cornwall on a family visit. Poor Kernow had suffered a head trauma and needed the specialist care that a wildlife unit such as Secret World could provide. We cared for him overnight then along with Flash and badger cubs Jester and Mikey, travelled to Somerset where each of them had the best chance of a successful return to the wild.

DUSTY. St. Austell, April 29th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Tue, January 31, 2017 23:33:51

An injured fox cub had been found at St. Austell and taken to Churchend Vets the previous day. The cub had been grabbed by a dog and bitten across the lower back, the puncture wounds had become infected and the area needed clipping and be thoroughly cleaned. The cub had been kept overnight as very subdued but as the antibiotic and pain relief drugs started to do their work, the fox was now much brighter and alert. The young male was approx 14weeks old, weighed 1.6kg and needed the bite wounds cleaned daily to prevent any build up of infection. Dusty didn’t appreciate our efforts but the struggles were worth it as the wounds healed quickly allowing him to transfer to Secret World Wildlife Rescue on May 10th. With the company of other foxes, Dusty would be released later in the year when more mature.

FANCY. Camelford, May 7th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Tue, January 31, 2017 22:37:32

The RSPCA had collected a small fox cub found on the Camel Trail and delivered it to the Rescue. A tiny 4-5 week old female arrived very flat, covered in vomit and diarrhea, looking and smelling awful. Fortunately this was caused by travel sickness, not illness, and once cleaned up, given rehydration fluids and rested she perked up and able to try some solid food. Fancy soon recovered but was lonely, calling for her family which is so sad to hear. The other fox in care, Dusty, was so much larger that we could not introduce them safely. Arrangements were made to transfer both foxes to Secret World Wildlife Rescue where each could have foxy company to socialise and be rehabilitated with.

REX. Redruth, June 10th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Tue, January 31, 2017 22:05:49

Householders at Redruth were startled to see their cat stalking a badger cub in the garden, after calling for advice they kindly scooped the baby up in a blanket and shut it in their porch. With no local knowledge of a sett nearby in the residential area we brought the youngster into care. As its coat was full of earth it was possibly an escapee from a sett collapse but there was no injury found, he just seemed lost and hungry. It’s amazing the difference a full tummy and a long sleep can make to a baby badger – by the next day Rex was brighter and behaving much more naturally. After a few days recovery his testing for Bovine TB and parasites check found him Negative for disease and with treatment for coccidea and worming he was fit for transfer to Secret World Wildlife Rescue to be rehabilitated with his badger friends on July 4th.

REGINA. Looe, June 12th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Tue, January 31, 2017 16:18:53

A runner on the coast path at Looe came across a badger cub alone and distressed. She managed to carry it home, then called the RSPCA who collected the baby and we rendezvoused at CVETS, near Truro. The cub was a female, about 12 weeks old but thin, cold and weak. Once warmed and after a good sleep, Regina started to pick up and feeding well. Normally, bigger cubs are housed separately until health tests are done but Regina was so unhappy in her pen that we relented and introduced her to Rex – success – two happy badgers, one snuggly bundle! Once given the all clear with a Negative BovineTB test and treated for worms and coccidea, Regina was ready for the transfer to Secret World Wildlife Rescue to continue her rehabilitation back to the wild.

ROBIN. Redruth, June 18th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Tue, January 31, 2017 13:36:02

A small badger cub, out during the day, was reported when spotted on the range of the Archery Club and holding up the members practice session! It was a glorious summer day, to see a badger out in bright sunlight seemed a little surreal – but it was trying to forage on the short grass of the range. When approached, the cub fluffed up its coat and tried to look fierce, but with a flick of the wrist easily caught in a net. A dead adult had been found on the road recently, thought to be the mother and a check of the grounds found a single entrance hole in the bank, more of a bolthole than a main sett. Lower ranking females do tend to rear cubs in outlying setts and we think thats what happened here. Although old enough to be weaned the cub was still to young to cope alone and hunger was driving its unusual behaviour. It was a female, underweight at only 1.8kg, exhausted and full of fleas but with no injuries. After a few days recovery little Robin was well enough for the necessary tests to rule out infection of Bovine TB, which proved Negative, then treated for coccidea and worms to enable her transfer to Secret World Wildlife Rescue to continue rehabilitation.

LITTLE JOHN. Constantine, June 19th.

Rescues 2016 Posted on Tue, January 31, 2017 13:15:15

A call came in from a farm at Constantine where a badger cub had been found, first thing in the morning, struggling in a ‘swimming’ motion as unable to regain its feet. The weather was dreadful, raining down in torrents and the cub was very wet and cold so the they bundled it up in a rug and sheltered it in the car. This action probably saved the cubs life and after we rendezvoused, the cub was rushed to CVETS, the out of hours centre, as we feared the worst for him. The exam found no sign of RTA injury, he was still unsteady trying to stand but the vet thought it was due to weakness and after receiving sub-cut fluids, we brought him back to monitor in care. Once dry and warmed up, Little John, ( at 2.7kg, he was the biggest of the cubs in care), was able to eat with assistance some of the a/d diet we use for poorly/weak casualties. Happily, Little John soon recovered his strength and was able to tested for Bovine TB – Negative – and only a routine wormer was needed to enable his transfer to Secret World Wildlife Rescue for rehabilitation.

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.

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