There is always something interesting at a wildlife rescue centre. Yesterday we had a call from the Scottish Strandings Research team, asking if we could collect a young dead porpoise from Dunure. It was bigger and heavier than we expected, but with a a few breaks we got it along the beach and back to the car. It is in our freezer now, and later it will be taken to Inverness for a post mortem. It is important that people find out why cetaceans are dying, and we are pleased to help with collection and transport when we can.
In the evening we got a call about another fox caught in a snare. It was an area unknown to us, and we thought it best to go in daylight this morning. That meant a sleepless night, worrying whether the fox would still be alive, or whether a gamekeeper may have have beaten us to it, and shot the animal. It was a long drive, buit a fairly short walk into woodland where pheasnats were being fed and lots of snares littered the paths. Fox still there but as we approached the snare snapped and we thought he was away with the noose still round his body. Luckily he ran straight into another snare. We quickly had hold of the terrified animal, removed both snares and brought him back to Hessilhead for treatment. We need to keep the fox for a few days, to make sure that wounds don’t develop where the wire was tight. Then we will release him in a safer area.