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



4th April 2017

Since writing the last diary entry, a week ago, fox cubs have been flooding in. The oldest cub is Arnold, who came with a head injury, and is recovering well. There is Emma, a two week old cib found alone, but left out for 4 hours in the hope that Mum would appear. Newton was trapped between a fence and a garage, and when he was found he was cold, wet, muddy and very hungry. He is doing well now.P1120539 - Copy

The youngest cub was the last to arrive. She was found in a garden, and may have come from under decking, but didn’t retrieve her in the hour she was left poutsdie. At only a couple of days old, she couldn’t be left outsside any longer. Despite her small size she is a good feeder and very active.P1120525 - Copy

If you would like to contribute to the cost of rearing fox cubs text WILD24 followed by the amount you would like to donate, and send to 70070

Three baby rabbits have been a handful of trouble. They were chinky kits, dug up accidentally by a JCB. there were also hysterical whenever anyone tried to handle them. So feeding times were a trial. The first problem was catching a rabbit as the three of them did walls of death around the cage. The next challenge was not to instinctively drop the youngster when it let out an ear piercing scream. It was possible to get a teat into the mouth when the rabbit screamed, and over a few days they learnt to suck the teat. The rabbits are now eating dandelion leaves, so just one bottle feed a day. Hopefully they will soon be eating rabbit mix too.

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There are plenty of young collared doves in care too, the smallest one just a few days old. It is relief that quite a few hedgehogs have gone to new homes recently. If anyone has a suitable garden for hedgehogs and would like to help us return some to the wild, please get in touch

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