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



5th March 2017

It has been more of a mammal week than a bird week. The badger from Lockerbie was x-rayed. The problem with right front leg is an old fracture that is healing nicely. It was still badly concussed at start of week, so gave homeopathic treatment as well as conventional. Often gives excellent results. Progress was steady, and badger has progressed from being syringe fed to standing and lapping from a bowl unassisted.DSC_3312 - Copy

This afternoon another was admitted. It has already received veterinary treatment for territorial bites on rump. He is very alert and active, so hope he feeds well tonight.DSC_3313 - Copy

As I write badger number 4 is being brought into the hospital. Never had so many adult badgers in care.

4 hedgehogs went to Stranraer today, and by now they should be settled in their new hoggy houses. 2 hedgehogs were admitted earlier in the week, probably woken from hibernation and discovered very little food available.

We now have two young rabbits, both eating well, so within a week they should be together. We have a leveret too, maybe 10 to 14 days old, but she was caught by a cat and badly bitten on her front legs. it is difficult to see if she can walk properly, as she is so shy and nervous that she crouches down whenever I approach the cage. I persuade her take half a bottle of milk twice a day, and she nibbles some vegetation as well.P1120344 - Copy


Bird news …  a buzzard, a song thrush, a magpie and a chaffinch released this weekend, 3 swans released earlier in week, Sadly today we rescued a swan that has swallowed two treble hooks. That will be a job for the vet tomorrow.

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