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



April 20th 2014

Spring has arrived in the hospital. We have 3 fox cubs. One of them, William, has a nasty wound on his leg. I guess it will take a while to heal, and during that time he will have to be kept away from other cubs. The wound is being treated with honey.

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Several bats have been brought in too. Two new pipistrelles should be ok, but sadly, a long-eared bat has a bad wing fracture.

A barn owl, found at Glasgow Airport, has a shoulder injury.  It will be a while before we know if it has made a full recovery.

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We have had a single mallard duckling for ┬ánearly three weeks. A few days ago 2 more came into care. They were rescued from a 1st floor courtyard, from which there was no way out for the ducklings. Mallards are good at finding sheltered nest sites, but they don’t seem able to think ahead! This evening I put the older duckling in with the young ones. He was pleased to have company, and the two little ones seem to think he is mum. They are all snuggled up together under the brooder.

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