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



January 5th 2014

The blustery start of the year has brought in a variety of casualties including two mute swans from Barrhead, both road rescues, several injured herring gulls, a woodcock, suffering from a swollen head, sore eye and damaged leg, and a buzzard. The buzzard evaded capture for a few days, but a determined group of people from Crosshill managed to catch up with it on day 3 of the rescue. The bird has a fractured wing, that has begun to heal, and was allowing the bird to fly into bushes, just out of reach. Of course it wasn’t able to hunt successfully, and was ┬ásurviving mostly on earthworms. It was underweight, but will soon alter that, as it has a huge appetite. Now that its wing its strapped and it is on a course of painkillers, it feels better. It is a lovely pale coloured bird.

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The saddest rescue took place on Friday, the day of the west coast storm surge. We were called to rescue a seal pup at Troon, that was lying on the promenade. It seemed to have been thrown over the sea wall by the waves. The seal was immobile and looked very frightened. At the centre we gave it pain killers and put it beside a heater. Sadly it died a few hours later. There were probably internal injuries. So sad, as it was such a good pup.

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