Rescues 2016Posted by Blog Admin 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.
Rescues 2016Posted by Blog Admin 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.
Rescues 2016Posted by Blog Admin 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.
Rescues 2016Posted by Blog Admin Sun, January 29, 2017 22:26:06
This beautiful badger cub had been found on a country lane, the previous night, too exhausted to run away and the finder had picked it up and carried it home! When we arrived to collect it, we found her nestled in a pile of towels in the bath looking very comfy! The cub was approx 14-16 weeks old and had a beautiful pale pewter coloured coat, she was still very docile and weak legged. A check up at the vets found her to be uninjured, just exhausted and a careful diet should help her 'unpleasant' digestion. With a spray to remove the fleas from her coat, Blue could then settle to rest in a snug bed. Over the next few days Blue ate and slept, her strength returning to her legs and we had hopes of returning her home. However, despite the help of the family that found her, it was impossible to locate a sett. It seemed the cub must have travelled the lane until too tired to carry on. Once tested Negative for Bovine TB and treated for worms, Blue travelled to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in Somerset to join other badger cubs and be rehabilitated back to the wild as a new family.
Rescues 2016Posted by Blog Admin Sun, January 29, 2017 21:40:10
After finding a baby hedgehog on the river bank at Newlyn, a caring couple took it home to care for. When they couldn't coax the little mite to feed they sensibly called for help. The hoglet was female and about 3 weeks old, her teeth were just emerging meaning she could start to wean. Nymph needed a course of antibiotics due to inhalation pnuemonia from her river escapade but went on to recover and once weaned quickly grew into a lovely hedgehog. She was released in the autumn with two other hogs in a wildlife friendly garden.
Rescues 2016Posted by Blog Admin Sun, January 29, 2017 21:08:39
A four week old hoglet spent three days in a pub car-park before someone thought to call for help! Poor little chap was dehydrated and unable to open his eyes as the lids were gummed together due to infection. It was a really tricky job to bathe the eyes open each day so as to apply the ointment needed on such a tiny, wriggly hoglet but it was all worthwhile to save his sight. There was a lot of squinting on both sides of the eye ointment and that gave him his name - Squint! As his eyes improved, his skin became dry and itchy, poor Squint had ringworm, plus an abcess on the snout which made him very uncomfortable. Antifungal baths and antibiotics were needed to sort him out but eventually Squint matured into a plump, happy hedgehog. He was released into a hedgehog friendly garden at the end of summer, with two other hogs.
Rescues 2016Posted by Blog Admin Sat, January 28, 2017 23:04:01
This beautiful vixen, running for her life to escape from a dog attack, bolted through an open door and into the bathroom of a residence at Penzance. The householder closed the door to secure her safely, then phoned us for assistance. The fox was soon caged and transported to the vets, where she was sedated to allow a thorough examination. Despite bite marks in her fur, the vixen had escaped with only one puncture wound as her thick coat had protected her. So with a long lasting antibiotic injection to prevent infection, Freya was settled into a cosy pen to recover. After a few days 'bed & board' we returned to Penzance and released her late at night to find her bearings under the cover of darkness.
Rescues 2016Posted by Blog Admin Sat, January 28, 2017 22:26:31
This little hoglet was spotted, out during the day, by holidaymakers at a campsite. As they were followers of the Prickles Hedgehog Rescue, back home in Somerset, they knew exactly what to do. The hoglet was secured in a box with bedding and a small bottle filled with warm water to keep it safe and snug until our arrival. It was a male weighing 140g and we named him Prickles - well, it would have been rude not to! Prickles has struggled with a variety of health niggles, all minor but which have delayed his release. As the autumn progressed into colder weather, we've moved him into the 'cool room' to encourage him to hibernate here. Hopefully he'll leave us in the Spring in 100% condition!