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



October 13th 2013

Yesterday was unusually busy.  The first gannet of the year arrived, much later than usual. It was found on the road to Muirshiel Country Park, so had no chance of survival there and wouldn’t have been able to take off. It was in good condition though, and was released at the coast today.

Later we responded to a call about a deer lying at the roadside, near Lugton. No sign of the deer, but two cars drew away as we approached. When coming back along our drive, there were two cars in front of us. Both drivers had stopped to help the deer, that was then in the back of one vehicle. She is badly concussed, with a sore eye, but standing. Thanks to those people who stopped to help her. Apparently the person who hit the deer drove straight on.

Hedgehogs, pigeons and collared doves were delivered during the day, and late at night there was a delivery of 7 Uist hedgehogs. One of them is a little titch, less than 200 gm, but very fiesty.

Today was much quieter, though another hedgehog has just been delivered. A weasel came in earlier, but has been bitten by a cat and doesn’t look good. She has had painkillers and is in a brooder, and we are keeping a close eye on her.

We released a heron that has been in care for a few weeks. good to see it flying off after coming in with a shoulder injury

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