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



December 29th 2015

On Christmas Eve another seal pup was brought to Hessilhead. Noel was rescued from the bank of the River Nith in Dumfries. He is a common seal pup, so will be approximately 6 months old, and should weigh around 35 kg. He weighed in at 12.2 kg, so is seriously underweight, and his hunch back indicated he is suffering from Lungworm. Noel has been wormed, treated with antibiotics and vitamins, and he started to feed himself the day his arrival. We couldn’t believe our luck! Hopefully it will be a case of him getting as much food as he can eat, till he reaches his target weight.

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The weekend saw three swans brought into care. On Saturday Kirsty rescued a big male swan from Strathblane. He had been sitting in an outflow for two days, and didn’t show any interest in food. This swan had taken a blow to the head, leaving it swollen, bruised, and unable to see. By Monday afternoon he was eating again, and seems good to return to his territory.


The second swan was from Castle Semple Loch, and had a tangle of fishing line hanging from its beak. Fortunately there was no hook attached, and we were able to pull the line out. there was another big tangle of line of food down near the base of the neck. This swan will return to Lochwinnoch tomorrow.DSC_1590 - Copy

The third swan came from Newton Stewart, and was found on the road. It has a graze and bruise under a wing , which could be the result of flying into a wire. It is recuperating on the swan hospital pool.

Another barn owl came into care, another road casualty, but underweight too. Still a bit concussed, but improving.

If you are feeling a bit depressed about this dreary winter weather, you may like to know that our herons have been back at the nest site. Spring is on its way.


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