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VOGUE, Vogue. March 2nd.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Wed, March 02, 2016 14:08:12

The first orphan this year arrived in our care via the RSPCA. A tiny cub had been found lying beside her mothers body, cold, frightened and crying piteously by a driver that stopped to move the dead badger out of the path of traffic. The RSPCA were called and collected the baby which needed to be hand reared. We were happy to help, having the facilities to deal with very young animals, so the officer brought it to us. The badger was female, approx. three weeks old, with eyes tightly closed and a sparse coat. The brooder was ready and waiting, the baby soon snuggled into soft bedding and gently warming up. Bruises from being dropped by her mother during the collision were appearing on the tender skin along with scratches and scrapes but a vet check found no other damage. It was amazing that she had survived at all and our role as surrogate mum began. Vogue, named after the village where she’d been found, soon learnt to bottle feed and gradually put on weight. After two weeks, her eyes had began to open and she was getting more mobile. It was time to leave the confines of the brooder and into a larger cage, with a heat-pad for comfort and a teddy bear for company. Being so young meant there was a danger of Vogue becoming ‘imprinted’ on her human carers and she really needed the company of other badger cubs to prevent this. Secret World Wildlife Rescue also had a lonely badger cub so arrangements were made for Vogue to transfer into their care. This would allow the cubs to be rehabilitated together for a future return to a wild life. While it’s always sad to say goodbye to ‘our’ babies this really is giving them the best chance of becoming wild animals once again. So on March 19th, Vogue was transported to Somerset to begin the next stage of her journey back to freedom.

LAYLA, Redruth. April 3rd.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Wed, March 02, 2016 13:50:36

We were called to a farm at Redruth where a badger had taken refuge in one of the outbuildings. After a struggle to move it out from behind stored equipment, it was eventually caught and caged. It had obvious fight wounds, bitten on the rump and head, so it was a trip to Truro to receive treatment at the out-of-hours CVETS. Once there, under sedation, it was found to be a female, weighing 7.8kg and all wounds were cleaned and she was given antibiotic cover and pain relief. Then we could transport her to the barn to settle in a quiet pen. It took three weeks for all the wounds to heal completely but Layla proved to be a mellow badger, enjoying a cosy hay bed and regular meals. Then it was time for her to return home and be released late evening on April 25th.

CASPER, Holsworthy. April 9th.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Wed, February 24, 2016 18:32:06

Following an incident in Devon, a small badger cub had been confiscated by the police and handed on to the RSPCA. Asked to assist, we met the RSPCA officer at a half way point and the cub was transferred to our care. It was a male approx. seven weeks old and very upset, curled into a tight ball in protest at being disturbed. Just dread to think of what may have happened to his family but at least this little cub was now safe. His coat was full of dried earth and he was crawling with fleas but with a heat pad under a soft blanket in the carrier made his trip home cosy at least. The cub had been checked by a vet prior to transferring so it was just a case of treating his ‘livestock’ before settling him into a snug pen to quietly rest and gather himself. Later after coaxing the cub to try a little feed and gently cleaning the dirt and dead parasites from his coat, things seemed less scary for him and he could relax. With a pale, silvery coat Casper was certainly a beautiful baby animal and happily bottle feeding and trying some solid foods. He even attracted the attention of the local press and had an article published, wrongly described as an albino, but getting the message out to keep alert for wildlife casualties. The blood and faecal samples needed to test for Bovine Tuberculosis and internal parasites were taken and once given the NEGATIVE result for bTb, Casper just needed a routine wormer treatment before he could transfer to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset where he would be introduced to other orphan badgers for rehabilitation back to a life in the wild. So on April 23rd, Casper along with two fox cubs, made the long drive to start the next stage of their journey back to becoming wild animals once more.

BISTO, Praze An Beeble. April 12th.

Rescues 2015 Posted on Tue, February 23, 2016 23:00:56

We were asked to help when a badger was found sharing a bed of hay with a pet rabbit. It had slept there for three days, ignoring the open door left for it to exit. We attended, to be honest, rather concerned for the safety of the bunny, but on arrival were met by a beautiful giant rabbit quite unconcerned by the presence of the badger. There were several bite wounds to the rump and fore leg and damage to it’s head so once caught and caged we drove on to the out-of-hours centre, CVETS. Under sedation those wounds could be better assessed and the front leg and rump had infected bites from fighting another badger, the facial damage seemed to be the result of being dragged on the road probably by a vehicle. The chin and left cheek were grazed and a piece of the left side lip torn away with hair loss on that side. It’s not unusual to see badgers fall victim to traffic while suffering from earlier injuries and that’s what had happened in this case. Otherwise this male badger was in reasonable condition with good teeth and weighed 7.15kg. Given antibiotic cover and pain relief then we could bring him back to the barn to recover. Two weeks later and Bisto was a different animal, he’d responded well to treatment, his wounds had healed and he’d gained weight. It was time for him to go free and we were able to release him on a badger run, that led away from the garden where he’d been found, on April 25th.

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.

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