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 25th 2014

A really busy day today, with 23 new patients admitted. Most upsetting was a great crested grebe, rescued from RSPB Lochwinnoch, with two treble hooks in its foot. Attached to the hooked was a lure and weights. We removed the tackle, gave antibitics and painkillers, and released the bird on the reserve later in the day. Hopefully it is back with its mate now.

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The first call of the day reported a baby tawny owl found on a woodland path in Falkirk. It was found next to a dead sibling, and was dehydrated and weak on arrival at Hessilhead. Later another tawny owl chick, just a bit older, was brought in from Holytown. the two youngsters were soon snuggled up together.
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Other arrivals included a mallard with 12 ducklings, rescued from a busy street in Greenock, a common lizard and naked 3 day old house sparrow chick.

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