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



November 3rd 2013

By 10.30 this morning, we had admitted 5 new patients, so I decided that our quiet spell was over. The new arrivals included 2 young swans that were jay walking in Paisley, a cat victim dunnock, a pigeon with sore feet and a greenfinch.

We had been up early anyway, as the grey seal pup that came in yesterday was needing more fluids. He is underweight with a coat that looks far too big for him, he had dry eyes, a sure sign of a problem, a runny nose and one claw was bleeding. We have been giving him fluids every few hours, and this evening there are wet patches round his eyes. This means he can have some fish now. The pup was washed up on Turnberry beach, hence his name, Turner.

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The sparrowhawk that we rescued on Friday is looking really good. I steamed its feathers and they look almost as good as new now, and the bird is keen to go. Better wait to finish its course of antibiotics though.

A few more hedgehogs came in too. One little hog was tangled in netting, and lay out in all that rain yesterday. We dried it off and warmed up and it ate well overnight. It is one that will be with us all winter.

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