Late last Saturday afternoon another roe deer was delivered in the back of a police van. The deer had been involved in a road traffic accident, and had been treated by a vet before coming to Hessilhead. She was very concussed for a couple of days, and didn’t eat. Then she became more nervous, ate a little, and by thursday was hitting the roof of the shed as soon as we opened the door. We released her that night.
On Monday another seal was delivered from Northumberland. He is another big pup, weighing 20 kg, but he has a lot of bites, probably dog. He needs to be hand fed. The big seal that came with a broken and badly infected flipper, is now self feeding and spending his time in the pool. That should put less stress on his leg, but we’ll just have to wait and see if it heals.
The highlight of the week was getting the first fox cub of the year. They don’t come any younger than MacDonald. He was found on a grass area in Queen Margaret Dr, Glasgow, with his placenta still attached. The person who found him rushed to MacDonald’s vet practice, nearby, and they warmed him up and the cut the cord. Later that day the vet brought him to Hessilhead. MacDonald soon learnt to suck the bottle, but there were two potential problems. First, the cub was icy cold when found, and this can cause organ failure later. Secondly he clearly hadn’t had any colostrum, so no antibodies from mum. Two days after MacDonald came to Hessilhead, we heard of a labrodoodle that had just had pups. When her owner heard about our fox cub, she squeezed some of the bitch’s milk into a tube, and rushed it to Hessilhead. Hopefully this will give MacDonald some immunity. He is feeding well, growing and his fur is longer, so fingers crossed.
Last weekend a swan was delivered from a Rescue Centre in Aberdeenshire. It has an aeroplane wing which is a deformity meaning it can never fly. We offered it a home at Hessilhead, as often these swans get bullied, and most don’t survive to become an adult. This swan however, is a very large male. As soon as walked from his travelling box he started chatting up one of our cygnets, and at present is ruling the roost in the wildfowl enclosure.