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



April 18th 2015

Getting busier!

We are into the roe deer season now. The first casualty of the week, picked up from Inchinnan at 4am on Tuesday morning, was badly injured and put to sleep. The second one, a buch, came from the Hurlet on Wednesday morning. He is still badly concussed, but slowly improving.

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The fox that came from East Kilbride, with an injured leg, went home on Thursday evening. He gets sausages for his supper every night…a very pampered fox.

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A fox cub came from Carmunnock on Thursday morning. He has an injured hind foot.  Taylor is just the same size as Poppy, and as they both have a bit of attitude we were a bit hesitant about introducing them. All went well and they fell asleep together, Taylor with a front leg over Poppy. Poppy seems much more content.


Mid-week we moved 4 fox cubs outside. The two Paisley Buddies, Dora and Calum settled in a shed together without any squabbling. they have been enjoying playing out in the sun.

The first duckling came this week. Sadly still alone, but very well behaved. Eating well and not complaining.

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Three more leverets were brought in on Monday. The looked very grumpy for a day or two, but have settled well and take the bottle. The older leverets have started nibbling vegetation.


A new young tawny owl was brought from Bathgate yesterday. It will be a while before he can join Gonk, the first tawny owlet of the year, but he intends catching up fast. he seems to be hungry all the time!DSC_9859 - Copy


13 Uist hedgehogs were delivered yesterday. Fortunately some of our overwintered hedgehogs have been released, and we hope that more will go in the next few days.

Annan the otter cub has at last started to feed herself without any encouragement, and she is putting weight on the leg that was broken.

Rory the grey seal pup that came in with nasty wounds, was released yesterday. he weighed a healthy 48kg.

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