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



February 3rd 2014

A quick update before I go away for 10 days.

Today it was lovely to move the little otter to her new outdoor accommodation. She is growing up fast and will enjoy the extra space, as well as being able to paddle and splash in a big dog bed filled water.

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Last Friday we collected an injured duck from Irvine Police Office. It was a drake wigeon, a delightful bird. Although the wing was bleeding, we were relieved to find that no bones were broken. The wigeon was a restless patient, nervous and flappy. it didn’t eat the grain, bread or grass that was on offer, and we’d to tube feed it parrot rearing rearing food. It was relief to see the wigeon flying strongly upriver, soon after we released it yesterday.

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The whooper swan is ready to go, and buzzards, peregrine and tawny owl are in aviaries strengthening flight muscles prior to release.


All the seals are feeding well, though costing a small fortune. Our daily fish bill is now over £100.




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