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



10th January 2018

You may remember that last Friday we had an influx of patients. Today we released the sparrowhawk that came from Millport. We took her back to Cumbrae, released her just behind the town, and she flew into a tree as if returning to her favourite perch.

The otter that came from Rothesay has made remarkable progress too. She remained unconscious till Saturday evening, then when I opened her cage to give her more fluids, she ran off!. On Sunday she ate 3 herring, and has eaten smaller amounts each day since. She moves well, rolls on her blankets to dry herself after playing in her water bowl, but still sleeps a lot and we can still take hold of her. I expect that one day soon that will change, and we look forward to taking her back to Rothesay.

The buzzard that came on teh same day is eating well and gaining weight, but sadly the kestrel was too weak to survive.

Minty the pigeon that was covered in sticky mint scented goo is looking much better after several washes. The smell has almost gone, but there is some contamination. Hand wash is removing the goo without causing any damage to the skin.


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