For over 25 years Hessilhead has cared for Scotland's injured and orphaned wildlife, aiming to rescue, treat, rehabilitate and release birds and animals back to the wild



4th April 2015

Quite a few new additions this week. On Sunday morning an otter cub was delivered, She’d been found in Dumfries, taken to the RSPB reserve at Mersehead, and then collected by the SSPCA to be brought to Hessilhead. SHe was very subdued, and we soon discovered that she has a broken leg. An x-ray showed a break in the femur just below the hip joint. The vet is reluctant to intervene surgically, as the soft young bones may not support a pin. We are keeping the otter quite with cage rest, and just today she began to feed herself. Fingers crossed.

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Two more fox cubs arrived this week. Poppy came from Erskine. She had been boarded up in a shed for 24 hours before we were alerted, and was icy cold and moribund when we rescued her. To our surprise , after warming her up slowly, she took a bottle, and a few hours later was crawling around the brooder. Her eyes were open, just, and now she eats tinned meat from a dish. It looks like she might be a survivor. Next to arrive was Dora, from Condorrat. She is an older cub, but has a head injury. We have to encourage her to feed, and she really isn’t showing any progress.

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Today’s patients included magpie, pigeon, rabbit, gull and a 3 day old leveret. She looks bright and hopefully has a better chance than the leveret that was found beside her mother, who was dead in a snare.

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When Andy was outside late last night he met a hedgehog on our doorstep. We brought it in for a feed and put her back outside, as she looked quite fit and active, though under 500gm. We will put food out again this evening. This hopefully, is a sign that it will soon be time to release our over-wintered hedgehogs.

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