and 2 more seals came in this week. Both are common seal pups, underweight. Ross came from Arran on Thursday, and Welsh came from Irvine on yesterday. Surely the seal pup season will end soon.
The rest of the week was quiet, with just a trickle of patients every day. A buzzard, found near Stevenston, is emaciated and has a droopy wing, but has responded well to initial treatment. Today he has begun to feed himself. Then Saturday was hectic. There was an injured deer at Minishant, and we were asked by the Scottish Sea Mammal Strandings if we could collect a dead porpoise from Girvan. Then there was the seal at Irvine, a hedgehog from Saltcoats, disturbed while hibernating when a garden shed was moved, a mallard drake from Castle Semple Loch. 9 more hedgehogs came from the Uists. We have moved some of our biggest hedgehogs outdoors now, hardening them off ready for release. We are hoping for a change in the weather soon. We’ll have 60 hedgehogs ready to go.